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Please note that the Hospital at Rye does not have an A&E facility.

If you require immediate emergency attention:
Please call 999

Appointments by referral

NHS patients will be admitted to the ward by referral only following an assessment.

All outpatient appointments are made through referral from a healthcare professional.

Please do not contact the hospital directly as we will not be able to arrange your appointment.

Opening times

Please note that due to the NHS Protected Mealtime service, no visitors can attend meal times without making a prior arrangement with the nurse in charge.  Visitors can make use of the hospital reception area during meal times.

Visiting hours:14:00 - 17:00
Visiting hours:18:00 - 20:00
Evening Meal:17:00 - 18:00

Welcome to Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital

Our mission is to bring services closer to home for the benefit of our community

Our pioneering healthcare complex offers intermediate medical care for the community over five sites:

University of Birmingham Report

In 2017 Rye Hospital was delighted to be selected as one of nine UK community hospitals engaged in a national study for the National Institute for Health Research to understand the level of services offered and its role and engagement with our local community.

Eye Screening

Sleep Disorder


Community Midwives

Heart Failure

Bladder & Bowel


Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Falls Prevention




We have a variety of clinical practitioners offering a wide range of services here at the hospital.

Hospital Stats

Would recommend
Ward cleanliness compliance
Echocardiogram Appeal
£40000 target


‘… a special thank you to all the nurses especially those who cared for me during my recent stay in your lovely hospital.  Also thanks to the cleaners for keeping the hospital immaculate, and not least thanks to the chef for all the delicious meals.’

Charles Bryant

‘Both my parents were great advocates of the Rye & Winchelsea hospital.  It has provided many members of our family with great care but equally importantly great comfort.  We’ve learnt that being connected to the local community in times of need can never be underestimated.’

Josh Cole

‘Dad received such excellent care from all the staff during his time at Rye.’

Andrew Noble

‘This is to say a huge “thank you” to all staff for helping me to get back on my feet after breaking my left femur.  I never thought I would do it but nearly six weeks from the operation I am making good progress and the JCR Team are now coming mornings only. …

Again, my grateful thanks for all the care and patience you gave me.’

Geoff Towne

The Board

  • Barry Nealon


    Chartered surveyor and business director. Resident of Rye and actively involved in a range of community activities. Lives in Rye.

  • Dr Liz Bamji MRCGP, DRCOG

    Member of the Clinical Sub-Committee

    Medical training in London and the West Country, practiced in Southeast London before becoming Partner in large Health Centre in Sidcup, Kent in 1989. Member of the Hub Subcommittee. Living in Rye since 2011.

  • Jacky Dudfield

    Chair of the Liaison Committee

    Before retirement was a Nurse Consultant at the Department of Health. Nurse and midwife with national and international experience. Family connections with Rye for 45 years and a resident in Brede/Iden for 22 years.

  • Jeremy Huddle

    Chairman of the Investment Committee

    Twenty years in many different departments of the Bank of England. Subsequently Head of Institutional Sales for Fixed Interest Products of German Bank for twenty years. Living in Rye since 2003.

  • Jo Kirkham MBE

    Has served on Rye Borough Council, now Rye Town Council, for many years, and was
    Mayor from 1979-82, always standing as an independent. Chairman Rye Grammar School
    Foundation Governors, Rye & District Council for Voluntary Service, and Rye Castle
    Museum. Director of Rye Partnership and Rother Voluntary Action. Previously taught at
    Thomas Peacock/Rye Community College and Brighton University.

  • Dr Rob Mc Neilly

    Member of the Clinical Strategy Committee

    General Practitioner in Battle and Robertsbridge (until his retirement in March 2021) and Joint Clinical Director of Rother Primary Care Network. Medical training at Westminster Medical School and Exeter University. In 1989 first joined the Oldwood Surgery & Battle Health Centre (until 2000), the practice commenced by his uncle and father, returning in 2006. Lives in Winchelsea.

  • Dr Mahendra Kondagari

    Medical degree from India, GP training in Hastings, dermatology degree from Cardiff university. Currently working as GP at Rye Medical Centre and community Dermatologist working at both Rye Hospital and Conquest Hospital.

  • Paula Riley

    Chair of the Friends

    A Podiatrist by profession and lecturer in The School of Health Professions at the University of Brighton who worked in the NHS and private practice. Retired in 2019 and became Chairman of the Fundraising Committee of the hospital, having been a member for many years, and took on the role of Chairman of the Friends. A supporter of many village activities. Living in Iden since 2010.

  • Jo Posnette

    Member of the Clinical Strategy and Liaison Committees

    A self-employed Nursing and Care Consultant with extensive experience as an expert witness to the Court. An associate member of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers and member of the UK Association Brain Injury Forum. A keen supporter of the development of the site both personally and professionally having been part of the team appointed in the 1990s to redesign and commission the services provided. Living near Wittersham since 2017.

  • Brenda Baker

    Member of the Hub on the Hill Committee

    A self-employer owner of a local B&B having previously worked for East Sussex Adult Social Care for the nearly 30 years of living in the area. Experienced in identifying safeguarding, Deprivation of Liberty, choice and quality of care issues with a particular interest in mental health. Has a keen interest in exploring social care service which could be provided by the site. Living in Rye since 2017.

  • Ian Potter

    Member of Finance and Governance Committee

    A lay Case Examiner for the Nursing and Midwifery Council having previously worked as a self-employed barrister specialising in criminal defence and prosecution. A Trustee and Company Secretary of the Rye & District Council for Voluntary Services and an independent Councillor of Rye Town Council. Has a particular interest in expanding the appeal of the site to a younger generation. Lives in Rye.

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Please note that the Hospital at Rye does not have an accident and emergency facility

If you require immediate emergency attention please CALL 999


Conquest Hospital

The Ridge

St Leonards-on-Sea

East Sussex

TN37 7RD

Tel: 0300 131 4500

Web: www.esht.nhs.uk/conquest-hospital


William Harvey Hospital

Kennington Road



TN24 0LZ

Tel: 01233 633331

Web: www.ekhuft.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/william-harvey-hospital

Bringing Services Closer to Home