We recognise that a patient’s environment and surroundings play an important part in their recovery. This is why we have not only considered how the space inside the Horder Centre has been furnished but have also developed outside spaces to support a calm and therapeutic atmosphere.

Designed with you in mind

It is our priority to make sure that our patients’ journey through the Horder Centre is as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

Positioned within the Ashdown Forest, the design of The Horder Centre has been carefully considered to bear in mind the environmental impact and reducing our carbon footprint.

We recognise that a patient’s environment and surroundings play an important part in their recovery which is why we have not only considered how space inside has been furnished but have also developed outside spaces to support a calm and therapeutic atmosphere.

Our Patient Journey


Your initial visit will start at reception where you can expect a warm and friendly greeting. Reception staff will check your identification and reason for your visit. If you are an outpatient you may well be free to visit our coffee shop until your appointment time is reached.

At the Horder Centre we use a system whereby your name is entered onto the computer and then the staff from the relevant department can call you through using an audible alert. This will be explained to you on your arrival. This allows you to wait anywhere within the coffee shop or reception areas.

Coffee shop

The coffee shop offers hot drinks, including freshly ground coffee and pots of tea, with a delicious choice of cakes freshly made on site. There is a variety of food available throughout the day including freshly made sandwiches and cakes.


Just a short distance away from reception is the main Outpatient area. It is here that you will be checked in to meet with one of our consultants or a member of our multi-disciplinary team.

Our consultants are here to advise you on any treatment options that may be open to you. Further tests or examinations may be needed before any decisions can be made. These tests could be carried out on the same day or a further appointment may be necessary. Alternatively, we may need to arrange further investigations via your GP.

Treatment options may include a course of physiotherapy, joint injections, medication, surgery or a further follow up consultation in a few months time. The decision for treatment will be a joint one made by you and your consultant. The outcome of your decision will be shared with your GP.

If surgery is agreed as the best course of treatment, the risks and benefits will be outlined to you during your consultation and your written consent will be gained for the procedure. We will talk to you about the length of stay needed for your procedure which could vary from a day, an overnight stay or a longer period of time.

You will have been asked to complete a medical questionnaire to bring with you to your consultation. This will be reviewed by one of our healthcare professionals who will assess your general medical condition and any specific needs you may have. We may also need to check your blood pressure, pulse and temperature, record your height and weight and take swabs to check for MRSA.

Depending on your general medical condition and the procedure you are preparing for, you may then receive an appointment to undergo further pre-admission screening prior to your surgery date. This may take the form of a telephone appointment, a review with a nurse or an appointment with a nurse and anaesthetist.

At this time certain written information will be given to you. This will include a copy of your consent form, information about the procedure, information on protection against blood clots or about giving up smoking.


Pre-admission takes place in the Day Services Unit. This may only require a telephone call to you from the department. If that is the case, the nurse who calls you will go through your medical questionnaire and any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. If you are required to attend a pre-admission appointment, it is likely that you will have tests to assess your general fitness which may include; a trace of your heart rate (ECG) and routine blood tests. Due to your medical history, it may be necessary for you to also see an anaesthetist during this visit.

The pre-admission process is not only about ascertaining your general health, but it is also to discuss your whole patient journey to fully prepare you. We will discuss everything through to your operation and discharge. This will include management of any pain relief, the type of anaesthesia available, any specific therapy exercises and/or specialised equipment required.

As long as all your results are within normal limits we will then be ready to confirm your operation date. On occasions, this may need to be delayed due to further investigations. If this is the case, our team will keep you informed as to what is happening and what you can expect.

Day Services Unit

It is normal practice for all patients to be admitted to our Day Services Unit. To give you familiarity this is staffed by the same clinicians who will have done your pre-assessment. All the relevant staff will see you prior to your operation such as; the consultant surgeon, the anaesthetist and the nursing and therapy staff. Any risk assessments will be reviewed such as whether you are at risk of blood clots.

You will be encouraged to stay in your own clothes for as long as possible and be free to walk around until the time of your surgery when you may be required to change into a hospital gown and dressing gown. Your property will be kept safe in either a locker in the unit, or if there is a plan for you to stay overnight, it will be taken to your room on Dufferin ward. Any medication that you bring in will also be stored safely until you return from theatre.

Unless you are unable to do so, you are encouraged to walk to theatre, accompanied by one of our theatre porters.

Day case

If you are here for a day case procedure, after your operation you will return to a cubicle in the Day Services Unit where you can recover prior to discharge. You may stay in the cubicle to have refreshments or if you are well enough you may move to the discharge lounge prior to leaving the department.

The nursing and therapy staff will ensure that you have everything you need prior to discharge, including sick certificates, painkillers, any specific post-operative instructions and, if appropriate, an outpatient appointment. You will also receive a discharge summary which will inform you of what has occurred during your stay.

Even though you are only having day surgery it is advisable for you to be accompanied when you leave by a friend or family member. Please remember that you should not drive after any type of anaesthetic as it could invalidate your insurance.

Inpatient stay

If you need to stay overnight or for any longer length of stay, after surgery you will be transferred to your own room on Dufferin ward. Your possessions will already be in your room. On arrival in the room, you will be met by the ward nurse, who will monitor you carefully over the next few hours. The nurse will ensure that you have access to a nurse call bell and any personal items that you require.

Your mobilisation and recovery will continue from here. Members of the multi-disciplinary team such as physiotherapist and occupational therapists, the resident medical officer (doctor) and nursing teams will work together to aid your journey. You may visit the inpatient gym for group physiotherapy sessions on a daily basis.

Following your episode of care, your discharge from hospital will be discussed and reviewed with you, ensuring that any concerns you have are taken into consideration. Sometimes it may be necessary to extend your stay for medical reasons. At other times, further treatment may be arranged such as more physiotherapy before you go home.

On discharge you will receive written information, any appropriate medication and an outpatient follow up appointment with your specialist. Sometimes an appointment will be made for you to have any stitches removed at your GP surgery or a district nurse may come to your own home to assess your wound.

A summary of your care received at the Horder Centre will be sent to your GP.


It is advisable that you arrange transport to and from the hospital with a friend or family member. We do offer limited hospital transport to those in need; please contact our bookings department on 01892 620932 for details. 


To prevent the spread of infection it is crucial to follow stringent infection control procedures. All staff who work for Horder Healthcare are fully trained to ensure they continuously meet our exceptional levels of hygiene and cleanliness. Our own housekeeping team ensure the hospital standards are exceeded.

Staff and visitors are requested to wash their hands and use alcohol gel before and after they have been into patient areas to help prevent and control any infections. We also ask that visitors do not sit or lie on the patient’s bed, to prevent germs that may be on clothing coming in to direct contact with a patient’s wound.

As a precautionary method, we also request that visitors do not come to the hospital if they are unwell e.g. suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting, flu or chicken pox. If visitors have any doubts they should check with ward staff before visiting.

The Ward Sister ensures that cleaning regimes meet our strict standards and daily checks are made by the Housekeeping Supervisor. Monthly internal audits by the Hotel Services Manager take place against national specifications set by The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) to ensure the highest standards are maintained.

Environmental assessments have been conducted annually to check the cleanliness of the hospital and results have always been worthy of praise. Since April 2013 these assessments changed to become Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) with patient assessors leading and assisting with the audit. The results will continue to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The level of a hospital’s cleanliness is a key contributor to the rate of infection spread. At Horder Healthcare, we are proud of our extremely low infection rates

Privacy and dignity

Every patient has a right to receive high quality care that is safe, effective and respects their privacy and dignity. As an inpatient at The Horder Centre you will have your own room and shower and toilet facility. If recovering from a day surgery procedure you will have your own cubicle to recover in with access to single sex bathroom facilities.

You may share some communal space, such as day rooms or dining rooms, however you will choose whether you wish to use these areas. It is likely that you will see both men and women patients as you move around the hospital. It is encouraged that as soon as you are fit enough you will wear your own clothes to support independence and enhance privacy and dignity.

Care for patients with dementia

In 2016 Horder Healthcare launched The Butterfly Scheme across both The Horder Centre and The McIndoe Centre. The Butterfly Scheme provides a system of effective care for those with dementia or experiencing memory problems.

All clinical staff at Horder Healthcare are given a training session by the Butterfly Scheme co-ordinator so that they can offer good dementia care to patients who need it.

The Butterfly Scheme has been adopted by more than a hundred hospitals across the UK where the butterfly logo is used to show patients that staff and carers have been equipped with the essential skills, meaning patients can receive care that is tailored to their needs. All staff that interact with patients are trained to offer a specific five point targeted response so they can provide reliable and insightful support.

For more information regarding The Butterfly scheme please visit www.butterflyscheme.org.uk.

High quality specialist services

The Horder Centre is a renowned centre of excellence for orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal services located in the Ashdown Forest.

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The Horder Centre is an award winning centre of excellence that offers patients a unique therapeutic environment. Specifically designed for orthopaedic surgery, our facilities include a physiotherapy inpatient gym and courtyard gardens designed by clinical experts to enhance recovery.

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