General Medicine Specialities

Elderly care       

We provide support and care for elderly people, usually aged 65 years and over. We offer medical care and promote better health for older adults who may have medical conditions or illnesses that require regular support from our qualified and experienced staff. Our medical unit offers intermediate care services to aid recovery and rehabilitation and facilitate an individual's return to independent living at home.

We give assistance with all aspects of personal care within a relaxed, secure, safe and supportive environment. 

Respite and convalescence care

If you’re the main carer of the person you’re looking after you’ll need an occasional break, whether it’s a few days or longer. We can provide this care for your loved one so that you can enjoy the time off without worrying.

The term “convalescent” is defined as a person recovering from illness. Often patients are discharged from hospital following an operation yet a return home can be very difficult for them. Our convalescent care offers the post-operative support and recovery time sometimes needed to regain full strength and to be ready to return home.


The successful management of diabetes requires changes in lifestyle, diet and personal care. Our medical staff are experienced in assisting in these areas.

Diabetic patients may need to keep to a diet with controlled amounts of carbohydrates to help regulate their blood sugar and we’ll help them to make appropriate food choices to improve their overall health.

Anti-diabetic drugs may be required to treat diabetes by lowering glucose levels in the blood. Our nursing staff can administer the medications necessary.


We provide rehabilitation and respite care for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory conditions. COPD is a collection of lung conditions including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.

We offer lifestyle and education coaching for our respiratory patients including smoking cessation support and advice and pulmonary rehabilitation that educates on and practices breathing and exercise.

Patients come to us for respite care to allow their carers to have a much deserved break and we also offer education for the carers of respiratory patients.


We provide rehabilitation for patients with gastroenterology conditions to help with the management of many types of digestive disease.

Often medicine and lifestyle changes are required to improve these conditions and our staff can offer support and administer the medications as required. We provide the opportunity to rest and be looked after following surgery too.


We welcome patients with rheumatology conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and osteoarthritis. We work with patients to manage their condition with the aim of helping them to carry out daily activities themselves and enjoy leisure pursuits to improve their quality of life. We offer condition and exercise education and advice to function better and manage pain.

How to access the Medical Unit

To come into the hospital as a medical patient you will need to be referred by your GP to a consultant at Ashtead Hospital. This is required so that we can ascertain that Ashtead Hospital is the right place for you to be and that you are under the care of the right specialist for your condition. An ambulance can be arranged, subject to availability (at an additional cost).

I live in the UK but do not have a GP

You can be referred by one of our private GPs at the hospital. We offer a daily Private GP Service, including evenings and Saturday morning clinics. Other appointments can be made by arrangement. 

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