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Facilities at Darent Valley Hospital

Facilities at Darent Valley Hospital

Where to eat

There are eating facilities in the hospital's main entrance and in the Original Food Company restaurant located on level 1 - these are available for both staff, patients or visitors. The restaurant serves a variety of hot and cold meals, baguettes, rolls, pastries, cakes and hot and cold drinks every day. An eat-in or takeaway service is available. Free Wi fi is also available. 


The main staff and visitors restaurant is located on level 1; access can be via the stairs or lift by the main reception.

Operating hours

The restaurant is open 7 days a week, at the following times:


  • Monday - Friday: 07.15 – 19.15  (supper served from 16.30 – 18.00)

  • Saturday - Sunday: 08.00 – 17.00 (light snacks available from 15.00 – 16.30)


There is a call order menu available all day.


In the hospital main entrance there are the following commercial premises:


 Shop details  Opening times
 WH Smiths, newsagent  8am to 8pm Mon-Fri
 9am to 7.30pm Saturday
 9am to 7.00pm Sunday
 Chopra's pharmacy

 01322 227240

 8.30am to 7pm Mon-Thurs
 8.30am to 6.30pm Friday
 9am to 3pm Saturday
 Ellenor Lions Hospice Special Treats Shop  9.15am to 8.15pm Mon-Fri
 1pm to 8.15pm Sat-Sun
 M&S Simply Food

7am - 9pm Weekdays

8am - 8pm Weekends

 Costa Coffee - coffee and sandwich bar  Mon – Fri, 24 hours.

 Sat: 8am to 8.30pm;

 Sun: 9am to 8.30pm

 (please note these may be subject to change)

Also available are:  a hearing loop, public telephones, a Royal Mail postbox, a LINKS cash machine and an Hospedia TV/phone card vending machine.


There is an interdenominational chaplaincy team available for everyone in the hospital. The hospital chapel is on level 1 and open at all times for patients and staff as a place of quietness, prayer and worship. Regular services are held in the chapel each week.


Darent Valley Hospital is a SMOKE FREE site. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on hospital grounds.

Toilets/family baby changing facilities

Public toilets, baby changing and facilities for the disabled, are available in:


  • Main entrance,
  • Children's department .


Some wards and departments have their own public toilets. Please ask a member of staff for directions.


Wheelchairs are available in the main entrance for a £1 returnable deposit.