Stratford Hospital

Community inpatient review in South Warwickshire

Update on the community hospital inpatient review

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust is currently undertaking a review of the inpatient beds at our community hospitals within South Warwickshire, Ellen Badger and the Nicol Unit at Stratford Hospital. The focus of this review is to ensure we are providing the services that meet the health and care needs of the people of south Warwickshire, both now and in years to come.

The first stage of the review was exploring previous, current, and future use of the community hospital beds. We have been working with Healthwatch Warwickshire to gather the views of previous and potential patients regarding the inpatient services. We are very grateful to Healthwatch and everyone who took their time to share their views and experiences. This feedback will help us to evaluate the current services in more depth and enable us to to shortlist possible future proposals which will include the potential of staying the same. There will be opportunities for future engagement with patients, carers and wide stakeholders and we undertake this process.

To access the full report published by Healthwatch click here.

We are still in the early stages of the review process, but work has been progressing. In November 2021 a technical panel, which included clinicians, therapists, operational and governance leads, staff side and HR representatives, as well as representatives from social care and Healthwatch Warwickshire, met. The role of this panel was to assess the viability of proposals taking into consideration patient safety, workforce delivery, local and national strategies and affordability. Only proposals that were felt to be viable were taken forward at this stage.

In December 2021 we then invited representatives from across the community to be involved in a community panel to further review and refine the proposals in line with what members of the community feel is important for us to think about as we progress the review. This panel had stakeholders from various voluntary organisations and community groups.

Following the community panel, the technical panel re-met in January 2022 to consider the proposals in light of the feedback from community representatives and identify which of the proposed solutions should be investigated in more depth.

A summary of the outputs of both Community and Technical panel as well as a set of recommended proposals will be presented to Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 16 February 2022. You will be able to find a full report on the Warwickshire County Council website.

Following the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, we will know if the proposals require full consultation. This will determine the next steps as shown in a timeline here.


How to Get Here

The Warwickshire County Council website contains information on the public transport services available in Warwickshire. You can also obtain information from the following websites:

Bus: Stagecoach; Johnson Coach & Bus Travel
Train: Chiltern Railways

There is a 10 minute walk to the hospital from the station.

Cycle: Cycle guides for Stratford-upon-Avon

Bike storage areas can be found on the Ground Floor of the multi-storey car park.

Drive: Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6NX (use this postcode in satellite navigation systems)

Services at Stratford Hospital

Stratford Hospital is a community hospital consisting of two buildings.

Building One is a new development which opened fully in August 2017. The building comprises of three floors;

The ground floor includes:

  • The Health and Wellbeing Information Centre provides information and support on a range of health and wellbeing services in Stratford upon Avon and the surrounding areas. We hold events by our clinical professionals on a range of topics to help you to stay healthy.
  • Café Lomas whether you have an appointment or just fancy a catch up , we offer a relaxed place to meet with a selection of cakes, sandwiches and seasonal dishes along with great coffee from local suppliers Monsoon.
  • Lomas Suite a bookable space for small conferences, meetings and events.
  • Outpatient Pharmacy
  • The Grafton Suite - new home of 'Stratford Clinic'

The first floor is an Ophthalmology Unit.

Rigby Cancer Unit is situated on the second floor along with the Macmillan Information and Support Centre.

Building Two provides an Outpatients Department and the Nicol Unit, a 25-bed ward caring for patients who require admission prevention, rehabilitation or palliative care.


The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Stratford Hospital is temporarily closed in order to redeploy staff to help combat the current pressures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are urging people to only visit Warwick Hospital to access MIU services after assessing all other available options, such as NHS 111 Online, pharmacies and GP services.

Helen Lancaster, Director of Operations for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said, “After much consideration, this decision has been made to allow us to centralise our staffing during this pandemic. This is an interim plan and we will continue to monitor the situation closely. We are relying on the public to choose the right treatment during this time, leaving urgent services as free as possible for those that absolutely need it. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our communities for their continued support and understanding during this time.”

Stratford-upon-Avon Hospital, Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6NX

Main switchboard Tel: +44(0)1926 495321

For directions around Stratford Hospital download our hospital map.Visitor information

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust operates a smoke free sites policy. Smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust’s sites.

Stratford Hospital - Building 1

Stratford Hospital - Building 2

Stratford Health Care Centre Building 1 - Podiatry & Speech & Language Therapy