Celebrating a Transformation

On Thursday 26 April 2018, Benenden Hospital celebrated the opening of a new multi-million pound redevelopment.

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Dr Hilary Jones, GP and TV personality, joined the staff and guests to formally open the new hospital.

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Mrs Gwenda Binks MBE, Chair of the Board of Governors and Bob Andrews, CEO Benenden Healthcare Society thanked all those involved in delivering the project over the last three years.

Staff were joined by Betty Standen who’s family first started working at the hospital in 1918. Three generations of the Standen family have amassed an amazing 147 years of employment at the hospital.

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The hospital has undergone a full redevelopment across all areas. Patients will now stay in spacious single rooms with views over beaufiful Kent countryside. The whole hospital has new and modern equipment throughout.

Outstanding care for 110 years

How things have changed! A selection of photographs showing how areas of Benenden Hospital have changed over the last 110 years but still providing outstanding care quality.

The main entrance and reception in 1907 and now, 110 years later, part of our new atrium entrance.

A patient room in the 1950s, with two patients sharing accommodation and now, following our recent redevelopment, a spacious single room with a beautiful view of the Kent countryside.

The first theatre built in 1955 and one of our state of the art theatres opened in May 2017.

Nursing in the 1920s

Miss Evelyn Witherden was a student nurse at East Sussex Hospital, Hastings in the early 1920s. Matron’s lecture, was recorded in her note book and reminds her that a nurse should ‘never give an opinion, it is untrained to give an opinion unless asked’. I’m glad a nurses opinion is valued today.

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Evelyn’s note books also contained a copy of all her exam questions. Third Preliminary Examination in 1923 is pictured below.

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Princess Helena

On 14 July 1906, Princess Helena of Great Britain came to the Sanatorium at Benenden for a formal ceremony to lay the Foundation Stone. The fifth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and a champion for better healthcare, Princess Helena supported many great causes including a role as President of the British Nurses’ Association.

The Princess was an active participant at several meetings as the Society developed and 110 years later we remember Helena as the foundation stone is repositioned in our new hospital.

 

Memories of William

William Charlton was the first postman and member of our mutual organisation to be admitted to the Sanatorium at Benenden. William arrived on 11 March 1907 having been unable to work as a rural postman for 5 months.

Age 20 years and unmarried, he contracted TB and travelled from his home in Newcastle Upon Tyne to Benenden for treatment.

Unfortunately, William was the first patient to die at the Sanatorium on 3 April 1907.

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