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Your nearest hospital

To find the nearest hospital to you, please use our 'Find a local service' search.


Your nearest A&E Departments are:


Queen Elizabeth Hospital (run by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust)

Stadium Road,Woolwich

London SE18 4QH

Switchboard no: 0208 836 6000



Princess Royal University Hospital (run by King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

Farnborough Common, Orpington

Bromley, BR6 8ND

Switchboard no: 01689 863000




Darent Valley Hospital (run by Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust)

Darenth Wood Road

Dartford, DA2 8DA

Switchboard no: 01322 428100



Choose where to be treated

If you are referred to a specialist by your GP, you can now choose to be treated at any NHS funded hospital in England, including many private and independent sector hospitals.

Under the NHS Constitution, if you are awaiting treatment and you will have to wait longer than 18-weeks to be treated, then you have the right to request a suitable alternative hospital.

Where you choose to go will depend on what is important for you. This might might include how near it is to your home or place of work, the length of time you will wait for an appointment, if it has a good reputation for hygiene or if it has expertise for treating your condition. For more information read the freechoice leaflet in the right hand menu.

Will the hospital I find be culturally appropriate to my needs?

On the NHS website you can search the range of services each hospital provides such as interpreters, dietary requirements, places of  worship and then make a choice which best suits your individual needs.


Can I go to any hospital in the country?

You can go to any NHS funded hospital in the country that offers treatment appropriate to your condition.

Can I choose to go to a 'private hospital'?

Yes. If the hospital is NHS funded. We have 180 hospitals which are NHS suppliers. If clinically appropriate to your condition, you can choose to be referred to any one of these hospitals. 


How can I find out which hospital is best for me?

  • Have a look at the NHS website, via the right hand link to compare hospitals in Bexley, other parts of London or across England
  • Speak to your GP or someone at your GP practice about the best hospital to suit your needs and condition

Choose and book

Choose and book is a service which is available to patients living in England. It is an electronic booking system that allows you to choose where you want to receive your treatment. You can choose from at least four different hospitals. You can also choose the time and date of your first outpatient appointment.  

Your GP will be able to book the appointment directly for you while you are at the surgery. Alternatively, you will be able to book from home after you have had time to think about the options. If you are unsure about which hospital or clinic to choose, speak to your GP. They will be able to advise you on what might be the best choice for you. You can also find out more information about a particular hospital by visiting the NHS website.


Hospital performance


If you want to find out about the performance of different hospitals and how patients have rated them over the last five years, you can do this via  the NHS website or the Care Quality Commission website.

The Care Quality Commission carries out national patient surveys and gives every hospital in England an annual rating or health check. It also publishes information about individual treatments and services like diabetes, maternity care and heart surgery survival rates.