The Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital is a central focus for the community it serves. It is a bright, modern centre where patients feel welcomed from the moment they come through the doors and are greeted in our newly refurbished reception area by our volunteer receptionists or by our Matron.
Every care is taken to make the patient and visitor alike feel valued and looked after by our professional staff. The hospital is designated by the NHS as being for intermediate care with 19 beds of which 16 are for NHS patients, and if needed, three for private patients.
Intermediate care is the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and support for people at times of transition in their health and support needs. It is short-term care provided for patients leaving the acute hospitals referred by their Consultant, the Discharge team or ward. It is also for people who come from home referred by their GP or District Nurse in order to prevent an acute hospital admission.
Intermediate care provides support at a critical time giving the right environment to recover confidence and independence. Patients generally stay no more than 21 days.
It also reduces pressure on our local acute hospitals the Conquest and Eastbourne by enabling a timely discharge and reducing the demand for beds.