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Bideford Community Hospital


General Information

Bideford Community Hospital was built in 1924 and extended several times, with the latest extension opened in 1994. We have two inpatient wards, Willow Community Unit and Elizabeth Ward.

Many different consultant out-patient clinics are held here, including general surgery, urology, orthopaedics, ear, nose & throat, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, cardiology, respiratory medicine, neurology, rheumatology, paediatrics, geriatric medicine and gynaecology. Many nurse-led specialist clinics are also held here.

Other services include:

  • Minor Injuries Unit, open daily from 7.30am to 8.30pm (closed Christmas day)
  • X-ray Department, open 9am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 2-5pm Friday
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Speech & language therapy for both children and adults
  • Children’s orthoptic (eye) service
  • Sexual health clinics

The Bideford Complex Care Team is also based here.

Mealtimes for patients

Breakfast: 8.30am
Lunch: 12.30pm
Tea: 5.00pm

Visiting times

We welcome visitors:

  • Willow Community Unit – 2pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 8.30pm daily
  • Elizabeth Ward – 2.30pm to 4.30pm (except Wednesdays) and 6pm to 8.30pm
 Click the link to view a map of the hospital location.

Volunteer services

WRVS volunteers bring a library trolley around on a weekly basis.


There is a payphone in the outpatient waiting area for patients to make calls to friends and family, so please be sure to bring change. On Willow Ward, the cordless phone can also be taken to patients if there are incoming calls.


On-site parking is free, but very limited.

League of Friends

Bideford Hospital League of Friends plays an important role in supporting the hospital. Members raise money for ‘extras’ to support patients.

If you would like to find out more or to help, please ask at the hospital reception for League of Friends contact details.

Hospital contact details

Tel: 01271 322577
Postal address: Bideford Community Hospital
Abbotsham Road
EX39 3AG

The hospital is managed by a Matron. If you would like to talk with Matron or the Sister/Ward Manager, please ask a member of staff or call 01271 322577 and ask for the Matron at Bideford Hospital or the Ward Manager for either Elizabeth Ward or Willow Community unit at Bideford Hospital.

Bedside booklet