Visiting

We understand how important it is for you to visit your loved one and many of you will be eager to visit, but we need to ensure this is done safely, ensuring social distancing and other infection control advice is followed. Please see below the rules from 17th May.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our patients, communities, individuals and teams at DGT and QMH remains our absolute priority.

Outpatients

Due to social distancing in the waiting areas of outpatients it is NOT possible to allow outpatients to have an accompanying person. Only those requiring assistance with communication, and children, may bring an accompanying person. Radiology patients are encouraged to attend by themselves but where required the limit is 1 other person only attending.

The hospital opened in September 2000, has approximately 463 inpatient beds, serves a growing population of around 500,000 and specialties that include day-care surgery, general surgery, trauma, orthopaedics, cardiology, maternity and general medicine. The hospital provide patients with the latest technology for their treatment in safe, comfortable and clean surroundings. 

Car parking spaces at Darent Valley Hospital are limited. To avoid waiting for a space to become available, we recommend that you consider visiting the hospital via public transport or taxi whenever possible. Drop off areas are available at the front of the hospital if someone is able to bring you in.  

Darent Valley Hospital is located close to Bluewater shopping centre, the Fastrack bus service to Dartford and Gravesend, and 10 minutes from Ebbsfleet International.  

From the M25 northbound you must exit at junction 2 (Darenth Interchange) and follow the signs to Dartford, take the A225 (Princes Road) towards Gravesend (Bluewater/Bean). There is no exit from the M25 at junction 1b unless travelling southbound. Go straight over the roundabout onto B2200 (Watling Street) signposted Bluewater/Bean. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto Darenth Wood Road. On site car parking and disabled parking is available. You can plan the best route for you using the AA route planner.

Parking spaces at the hospital are limited. To avoid waiting for a space to become available, we recommend that you consider visiting the hospital via public transport or taxi whenever possible.

Fees - 0-1 hour = £1.50, 1-2 hours = £2.50, 2-3 hours = £3, 3-4 hours = £4 4-6 hours = £8, 6-24 hours = £10, weekly £32. Collect ticket at entry barrier and keep with you. Before leaving take ticket to payment machine located near the main entrance. 

Minimum tariff applies for blue badge holders.

The buses that stop in the hospital grounds are as follows:

  • Route 96 runs between Woolwich and Bluewater shopping centre via Plumstead, Welling, Bexleyheath, Crayford and Dartford. Between Dartford, East Hill and Bluewater, buses will run via Park Road, Princes Road, the Fastrack system, Darent Valley Hospital (serving the bus stops near the hospital entrance) and then back on to the Fastrack system.
  • Fastrack ‘B’, running from Temple Hill to Gravesend - for more details (including bus times) please see Fastrack. 
  • 422 from East Hill to Gravesend.  For times visit 422 bus route (Thursdays only)
  • 423, running from Swanley to New Ash Green, via Dartford; For information and bus times visit 423.

  • 428, running from Erith to Bluewater, via Dartford;  For times visit 428.

  • 429, running from Swanley to Bluewater, via Joyden's Wood, Keyton Cross, Wilmington and Dartford (NB The 429 only stops at the hospital on Sundays. This service is operated by Go-Coach - see www.go-coach.co.uk)

  • 433, running from New Ash Green to Bluewater;
  • 477, running from Orpington to Bluewater via Swanley and Dartford; For information and bus times, visit 477.

  • 228, running from Tonbridge Station to Bluewater via Shipbourne, Ightham, Borough Green, Wrotham, West Kingsdown, Farningham, Sutton at Hone, and Darenth (N.B. The 228 only operates on Tuesdays in school term time. This service is operated by Red Route Buses Ltd – see www.redroutebuses.co.uk).

The majority of the buses are managed by Arriva For information please go to www.arrivabus.co.uk. Alternatively, go to www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk or call 0871 200 22 33.

Cycle racks are available outside the main hospital entrance and the front of the Philip Farrant Education Centre.

The nearest train station is Dartford. All the buses services listed stop at either the station or Holmes Garden - just a short walk from the station. Taxis are available from Dartford Train Station and for return jouneys payphones in the hospital foyer have a button that links free to a local taxi firm. Greenhithe station is nearby and a Fastrack bus service is available. For further rail information contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit their website at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Darent Valley Hospital is a SMOKE / VAPE FREE site. Smoking and vaping is not permitted anywhere on the hospital grounds. 

If a patient wishes to leave a clinical area to smoke

If a patient wishes to smoke but needs to be accompanied, they will be advised that staff are unable to accompany them offsite to smoke.

For free support and advice on how to quit smoking call: 0300 123 1220; Text QUIT to 87023 or visit www.oneyoukent.org.uk.

Original Food Company Resturant 

The restaurant is located on Level 1, 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.


Shops

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:  public wheelchairs (£1 returnable deposit), a public telephone, a Royal Mail postbox, a cash machine and an Hospedia TV/phone card vending machine.


Finding Darent Valley Hospital