Defining Community Hospitals
Defining Community Hospitals
Defining Community Hospitals

CHA Celebrating 50 Years!

Day by Day Celebrations!


We are celebrating 50 years of the CHA throughout October. We will be sharing resources, good practice, histories and reflections on the CHA. Do follow us every day on social media. Highlights will be captured here for each day.  To read more about the fascinating history, current role and future of community hospitals around the UK on our website please click here.   We welcome your thoughts, suggestions and contributions at


Roy Lilley, Patron of the CHA, Sending a Message of Congratulations




 Defining Community Hospitals Monday 26th October


Message from Katie Scott Totnes Hospital history, read more here



Professor Jon Glasby 



 Defining Community Hospitals Sunday 25th October


Message from Dr Kate Stokes Westminster Hospital Shaftesbury history - read more her


Defining Community Hospitals Saturday 24th October


Message from Dr David Pope Message from Dr Shauna Fannin


Video of Victoria Hospital Wimborne


 Defining Community Hospitals Friday 23rd October


Message from Tom Brooks, CHA Lead for Wales Yeatman Hospital Sherborne, read the history here



Lincolnshire Community Hospitals


 Defining Community Hospitals Thursday 22nd October


Message from Trish Jay Barry Community Hospital - Good Practice


Moreton Hospital History read more here


 Defining Community Hospitals Wednesday 21st October



 Defining Community Hospitals Tuesday 20th October


Message from Dr David Pope,

past CHA committee member

Bridlington Hospital history read more here Samuel Johnson Community Hospital see the video on the midwifery-led Maternity Unit here


Defining Community Hospitals Monday 19th October 


Message from Helen Rowe Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda   Crowborough Hospital History - read more here


 Defining Community Hospitals Sunday 18th October


Message from Barbara Moore,

Previous CEO CHA

Professor Jon Glasby, University of Birmingham

read more here

Lambeth Community Care Centre read more here

 Defining Community Hospitals Saturday 17th October 


Message from Jane Crowther Barry Community Hospital 25 Years! Wimborne Hospital History read more her 


 Defining Community Hospitals Friday 16th October 


Message from Liz Fenton Swanage Hospital History read more here Tetbury Hospital read more here

 Defining Community Hospitals Thursday 15th October 


Tewkesbury Hospital Covid-19 Response

see the video here

Message from Dr David Pope, previous CHA committee member



 Defining Community Hospitals Wednesday 14th October


Message from Jan Marriott Birmingham Covid Wards Faversham Hospital History - read more here


 Defining Community Hospitals Tuesday 13th October


Message from Barry Nealon, Rye Hospital  Blog by Steffi Bailey read more here 


 Defining Community Hospitals Monday 12th October


Message from Professor Geoff Meads History of Community Hospitals -read more here Sidmouth Hospital see the video here


 Defining Community Hospitals Sunday 11th October

Message from Heather Penwarden, Honiton 

Dr Emma Pitchforth - Research on International Learning Seaton Hospital History read more here


 Defining Community Hospitals Saturday 10th October

Message from Andrew Crowther, Past President CHA South Petherton Hospital Good Practice Award  Rye Hospital History - read more here


 Defining Community Hospitals Friday 9th October

Message from Chris Humphris, Chair CHA Crewkerne Hospital history read more here Tom Brooks CHA Lead for Wales - Paper on Rural Health here


 Defining Community Hospitals Thursday 8th October

Message from Steve Dunn,

CEO West Suffolk NHSFT

Sandra Speller - read her blog here History of Lydney & District Hospital read more here 



 Defining Community Hospitals Wednesday 7th October

Message from Richard Hallett,

Director & Treasurer of CHA

Professor John Young on his research on efficiency

read more here 

History of Blandford Hospital 

read more here 


 Defining Community Hospitals Tuesday 6th October

Dr Alastair Noble, CHA Lead for Scotland   Skegness hospital history - read more here Dilke Hospital see the video about coping with Covid here


 Defining Community Hospitals Monday 5th October

Message from Suzanne Jones,

CEO of the CHA

Read more about the Tetbury MIU here


 Defining Community Hospitals Sunday 4th October

Message from Dr Claire Hulme  Birmingham Good Practice read more History of Tewkesbury - read more here


Defining Community Hospitals Saturday 3rd October

Message from Dr Roy Sharma, CHA

Julia Fairhall, Sussex Community NHST 

Read Julia's blog here

Horsham Hospital


Defining Community Hospitals Friday 2nd October

Message from Dr David Seamark, Vice-President of CHA Newmarket Community Hospital

Axminster Hospital - History read more here


Defining Community Hospitals Thursday 1st October


Message from Helen Tucker, President of CHA The Vale Hospital see the video on the stroke unit here