About the hospital

We provide wide-ranging care for people suffering from complex conditions related to, or caused by, acquired/traumatic brain injury and other neurological illnesses, including spinal cord injury. We deliver these services in both hospital and community settings across the South of England.

We are the only anthroposophic hospital in the UK and serve the population nationally, in addition to providing services internationally with our expertise in neurological disorders and rehabilitation. We work closely with NHS and social care colleagues to deliver integrated care that is shaped to an individual’s needs, which is regularly reviewed. We employ more than 200 staff, including doctors, general nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and many other healthcare professionals.

The hospital was established in 1983 and has since developed a variety of therapy services and facilities that promote high quality care. The hospital also benefits from a programme of continual improvement and quality management. The hospital’s 17-acre parkland offers patients unique surroundings for a tranquil recovery. Over the years, we have created a harmonious and peaceful environment. This, we believe, is an essential component of neurological rehabilitation which supports the healing process.

The main hospital building is Grade II listed for its special architectural or historic interest. Originally a country house built circa 1860’s, possibly a remodelling of an earlier 19th century house with Edwardian alterations; it was converted to an independent medical centre. The main block is in an early 17th century French Mannerist style and has been decorated in healing colours using natural materials.

In 2017, we were rated Good for caring, effective and responsive and Requires improvement overall by the CQC. Read more about our journey to Outstanding here.

We have sites in the following locations:

  • Brighton (Swanborough House)
  • Farnborough (Glenside Manor Healthcare Services)*
  • Hildenborough (The Raphael Hospital)
  • Salisbury (Glenside Manor Healthcare Services*

*Glenside is proudly part of the Raphael Hospital Group.

Our mission

Our work is based on the anthroposophic image of the human being, which recognises body, soul and spirit.

It is our mission to promote and bring about improvements in the health and wellbeing of individuals through a unique combination of anthroposophical and conventional care facilities, alongside the development and support of our teams and partner organisations whilst working closely with NHS, health, local authority and social care colleagues.