Tonbridge Cottage Hospital is now part of the Kent Community Health Foundation Trust family.

The transfer occurred in June 2021, following a Department of Health and Social Care initiative. The same has happened with Victoria Hospital in Deal.

Natalie Davies, Director of Corporate Services at KCHFT, said: “We firmly believe buildings should be owned locally, generating benefits for patients, communities and colleagues. These are exciting developments for everyone who works, uses, visits and volunteers at these hospitals. Both sites have benefitted from improvements in the past year. At Tonbridge, a new nurses’ station, wet rooms and call bell system were installed and at Deal the ward was redecorated and an urgent treatment centre opened. “Investment will continue and residents can feel assured these sites will deliver healthcare into the future.”