Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

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Darent Valley Hospital
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
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Location Dartford, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°26′6″N 0°15′30″E / 51.43500°N 0.25833°E / 51.43500; 0.25833Coordinates: 51°26′6″N 0°15′30″E / 51.43500°N 0.25833°E / 51.43500; 0.25833
Care system NHS
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university Canterbury Christchurch University
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 478
Founded 2000
Website http://www.dvh.nhs.uk
Lists Hospitals in England

Darent Valley Hospital is a 478-bed, acute district general hospital in Dartford, Kent, 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,[1] and employs 1,900 staff.


Main article: Darenth Park Hospital

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.[2] They were designed by Nightingale Paulley Associates and built by Carillion.[3] 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.[4]

A proposed merger with Medway NHS Foundation Trust was called off in September 2013.[5]

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.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Darent Valley Hospital: About us
  2. ^ National Audit Office Report published 1999
  3. ^ National Audit Office Report published 2005
  4. ^ NHS Finances Hansard, 9 January 2007
  5. ^ "Dartford and Medway hospital trusts pull out of merger". BBC News. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.