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Treasurer - Phyllis Grainger  -  01732 862470
Secretary - Jean Broome - 01732 866360
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EDENBRIDGE AND DISTRICT WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS

The League of Friends, formed in 1957, will celebrate its Golden Anniversary next year. 

It is run as a charitable trust to provide and improve facilities for both patients and staff at Edenbridge and Didistrict War Memorial Hospital - facilities that the NHS are unable to fund but which the community deserves and has a right to expect. The Hospital is now a "state of the art" Community Hospital serving a scattered semi-rural community. Over the past 30 years, the League of Friends has raised almost £1,000,000, which, when taking inflation into account, is worth in today's money over £1.6 millions.

In the last three years alone, the League of Friends has spent in excess of £300,000 in upgrading the Hospital's premises, as part of a £1,000,000 overhaul of the entire Hospital. In addition, it has spent £65,000 in renovating and completely re-equipping the Physiotherapy Department and a further £25,000 on purchasing specialist eye and audio testing equipment, as well as funding many other items.

The Hospital's future is however "uncertain". It will need the community's support in order to retain and develop its services further. The League is working closely with the community, the Primary Care Trust and Social Services to look at all options for the future and will keep the community fully informed of developments.

In January,2006, the Hospital had seven of its seventeen beds closed "temporarily". At the public meeting held in July at the Edenbridge Leisure Centre, when more than 800 residents attended, David Meikle, then, and up to 30th September, the CEO of the present Primary Care Trust, did not rule out closure of the Hospital when the current review was completed.

To support the retention and development of the Hospital, if you have not already done so, please join the League of Friends. An application form to join can be obtained from the League's Secretary, Mrs Jean Broome, One Hardings Cottages, Hilders Lane, Edenbridge TN8 6LD or by phoning her on 01732 866360.
 
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Regular visiting consultants for the following specialities. General Medicine and Surgery; Ear, Nose, and Throat; Gynaecology; Orthopaedics; Ophthalmology; Dermatology; Radiology; Geriatrics and Paediatric Medicine and PsychiatryGP Minor Surgery Minor Injuries Physiotherapy Child Health Care Clinics Antenatal & Relaxation Classes
 
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With the land being donated by Mr Mason and a generous starting donation from Mr & Mrs Mowbray Charrington, an appeal was launched to raise a further £15,000 (just the sum we now need annually to support the hospital!). The community of Edenbridge, the Astor and Whitmore families and the people of the surrounding villages of Crockham Hill, Chiddingstone, Four Elms, Markbeech, Hever and Cowden threw themselves into the appeal, the money was raised and, in June 1931, the Hospital was opened by Lady Violet Astor.

In 1989, the wards were refurbished and reopened by the The Duchess of Gloucester. Since then, the community has continued to support the Hospital with donations of money and in kind and with voluntary help.

In the 1930s the population of Edenbridge and the surrounding villages were not quite 6,000 and now it is in excess of 15,000.

We now need your help more than ever so that we can continue the wonderful services at our Hospital and support the NHS which no longer can afford to provide all that we are used to and which our community deserves.
 
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The £5.00 minimum annual subscription entitles you to come to the Annual General Meeting in May/June and to receive an annual Spring Newsletter which will keep you up to date with Hospital News.

we need an annual income in the region of 315,000 to continue to provide amenities and comforts for the patients and staff and to buy the latest medical equipment needed to provide the best possible service and treatment for you.

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