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Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust runs services at Darent Valley Hospital, Queen Mary's Hospital, Erith & District Hospital and Elm Court (Priory Mews). 


Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust (the Trust) was legally established on 1st November 1993, and is based at Darent Valley Hospital, in Dartford, Kent. The Trust serves a population of 340,000 people, a population that is both ageing and growing, especially with the proposed Ebbsfleet development. The Trust prides itself on high quality innovative standards of care. 


Annette Schreiner Medical Director "Our team are thrilled to be able to offer outpatient and elective care to the people of Bexley. We have always felt that QMH and Erith staff have provided good services to patients and are well connected to their community. Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust want to continue that tradition and work with all the QMH site providers to provide excellent local services".

Darent Valley Hospital

It offers a comprehensive range of acute hospital based services to around 340,000 people in Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley and Bexley. The hospital opened in September 2000 and now has 463 inpatient beds and specialties that include day-care surgery, general surgery, trauma, orthopaedics, cardiology, maternity and general medicine. It is a modern hospital in Kent offering professional care, exceptional quality. We provide patients with the latest technology for their treatment in safe, comfortable and clean surroundings. The hospital's team of over 2000 professional and friendly staff provide care for patients across a full range of day-patient, in-patient and out-patient care. 


The hospital building is run as part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI). This means the building is owned by The Hospital Company (Dartford) Limited, a private sector company, and the Trust leases the building. Darent Valley Hospital is located on the eastern outskirts of Dartford, and has excellent road and rail links to Kent, South East London and the rest of the South East of England. The Fastrack bus service provides a swift and accessible bus route between Dartford and Gravesend.

Queen Mary's Hospital

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust took over the running of certain services on 1st October 2013. These include

  • Day surgery, gynaecology and paediatrics (elective day surgery and outpatient services);
  • Diagnostics, including CT scans, ultrasound and x-ray;
  • Therapies, including physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Erith & District Hospital

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust took over the running of services on 1st October 2013. 

  • Xray;

  • Outpatients;

  • Physiotherapy.

Elm Court (Priory Mews)

Patient who meet the necessary criteria and have completed their acute phase of care will recuperate in Elm Court at Priory Mews. The 39 beds at Elm Court provides a more appropriate environment for those ready to leave acute care. Elm Court is operated independently of Priory Mews and is managed by Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust staff.

The Trust works in partnership with the NHS South East Coast (Strategic Health Authority), NHS West Kent (Primary Care Trust/PCT), NHS Medway (PCT), Bexley Care Trust (PCT), Kent County Council, Social Services and its (PFI) Partners to ensure that the best possible care is provided, not just in hospital but also throughout the local health economy.    


Photograph of the CHKS 2013 Presentation

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust and staff members have won many awards. To find out about them please visit our awards and recognition webpage.

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Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity

Equality, diversity and human rights is an important part of our everyday lives. We provide staff at all levels  advice, guidance and tools to embed equality, diversity and human rights into their roles. 

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