Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
|Darent Valley Hospital|
|Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust|
|Location||Dartford, England, United Kingdom|
|Hospital type||District General|
|Affiliated university||Canterbury Christchurch University|
|Emergency department||Yes Accident & Emergency|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
The hospital has an Emergency Department.
The hospital is run by the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust with an annual budget of about £121 million, and employs 1,900 staff.
The hospital stands on the site of the former Darenth Park Hospital, originally founded by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as "Darenth School" in 1878. The Regional Health Board agreed to close Darenth in 1973, but the last patients did not leave until 1988. The vast Victorian complex was then demolished.
The new buildings were the first hospital to be procured under a Private Finance Initiative Contract. They were designed by Nightingale Paulley Associates and built by Carillion. The new hospital opened in September 2000, to replace the services previously provided at West Hill Hospital, Dartford and Joyce Green Hospital, Dartford. On 2 January 2007, a new on-site Heart Centre was opened.
It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 2593 full time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 3.68%. 78% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 76% recommended it as a place to work.
- Darent Valley Hospital: About us
- National Audit Office Report published 1999
- National Audit Office Report published 2005
- NHS Finances Hansard, 9 January 2007
- "Dartford and Medway hospital trusts pull out of merger". BBC News. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.