Rothbury Community Hospital is located in the south side of the village.

For the Rothbury GP Practice, please see here.

Services offered at this site include an outpatient department and a therapies suite.

NHS beds are available as part of a strategic partnership with a care provider. Further information is available elsewhere on this page.

Rothbury Community Hospital is located in the village on south side of the River Coquet.

By road

From the A1 turn left onto A697 signposted Rothbury / Coldstream. Turn left onto B6344 signposted for Rothbury. Continue straight ahead onto B6341 (Town Foot). Once you have reached Rothbury follow the signs to turn left at the Jubilee Hall onto Bridge Street, then turn right onto Whitton Bank Road with the Hospital is on the right.

By bus

There are a number of services which stop directly in the centre of Rothbury. The community hospital is a ten minute walk from the bus stop. For up to date bus information, please use the Traveline service

By rail

Rothbury is not accessible by rail.


Car parking is available at no charge at Rothbury Community Hospital.

This hospital has an electric vehicle charging point which is free to use for patients and visitors.

We are proud to be part of the Active Hospitals programme. This means we encourage patients and staff to be physically active. If you feel able to, why not walk or cycle to your appointment? Not only will it improve your health, it also helps our planet. The maps below can help.

We have public bike storage areas at these sites:

  • North Tyneside General Hospital - Diabetes Resource Centre entrance
  • North Tyneside General Hospital - Alley to left of Urgent Treatment Centre entrance
  • North Tyneside General Hospital - Right of main entrance doors
  • Northumbria hospital, Cramlington - Between visitor car park and bus stop

Go Smarter, Go Active maps

PLEASE NOTE: Details in these maps are based on the latest information available at the time of publication. While every effort has been made by Transport North East to make sure they are correct, we cannot accept any liability resulting from omissions or inaccuracies.

There could be works or closures on particular routes. We advise that you check with the relevant local authority before setting off on your journey.

If you don't feel able to walk or cycle to your appointment, but would like a more sustainable way to travel, please consider using public transport. You can plan your journey here


Cold drinks are available at a vending machine on the ground floor.

Northumbria Healthcare's strategic partnership with care provider, Rothbury Cottage Care Ltd, part of local family care business People First Care, launched in early 2023. It means the trust can provide a flexible number of beds to meet the needs of people in Rothbury, while continuing to deliver extra support for people’s health and care needs in their own home.

As part of the scheme, Northumbria Healthcare is committing to using NHS beds within this facility – with numbers moving up and down flexibly to meet patient needs – which aligns with initial work in other parts of Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Rothbury Cottage Care Ltd will operate a 12-bed unit in partnership with the trust for people needing respite care, rehabilitation services, longer-term recuperation or end-of-life care. This facility will be supported by a wider team of district nurses, GPs and nurse practitioners.

In July 2023, work to increase the number of ensuite rooms from 12 to 14 took place.


If people would like to register for a residential place for themselves or a loved one, they should email

They can also call the People First Care Wooler site on 01668 281 662 and ask for Amanda Cowell.

If those who become residents of the care home aren’t already, they will be registered with The Rothbury Practice to ensure they have access to GP care and to the services offered by the surgery. This is in line with all care homes in the area. They are all aligned to a specific GP practice.

The flexible NHS bed provision is available for patients who need longer-term recuperation and rehabilitation or end-of-life care. Patients will be cared for by a team of district nurses, GPs and nurse practitioners. This care will be provided alongside healthcare currently provided by the community team.

The clinical team looking after a patient will advise if they are eligible to be admitted to an NHS bed within the Rothbury care facility. If they are eligible and all involved, including the patient, clinicians and patient’s family/carers, are in agreement with the plan of care, one of the senior community nurses, based in Rothbury, will liaise with People First Care (which runs the facility) and the patient’s social care team, if they have one, to arrange a mutually agreeable date for admission.

If NHS patients admitted to the facility aren’t already registered with The Rothbury Practice, they will be temporarily registered with the surgery for the duration of their stay.

Hello, we are very pleased to let you know that our Rothbury care facility is to increase the amount of people that can access its services.

As you are aware, we formed a health and care partnership with Rothbury Cottage Care Ltd (part of People First Care) and opened the facility in January this year.

The partnership, which is the first of its kind, transformed the inpatient ward of Rothbury Community Hospital into a homely residential care home with the provision of flexible NHS community hospital care.

To date, 31 people have accessed the home and 13 have received NHS care. Six months on from the opening, work to increase the number of ensuite rooms from 12 to 14 is to begin next week and will take around five weeks to complete.

The new ensuite rooms will be located where the lounge currently is and the day room will become the new lounge. A new dry goods store will also be installed.

The flexible NHS bed provision is available for patients who need longer-term recuperation and rehabilitation and end-of-life care. A team of district nurses, GPs and nurse practitioners provide clinical support alongside healthcare currently delivered in the community and in people’s homes.

We are delighted to be able to increase the number of people that can access our facility. Feedback so far, from patients, residents, families and staff from all partners, has been very positive. The main theme being around the benefits of people being able to access the care they need in their local community and close to their loved ones.

A detailed review of the NHS provision has been done and will be shared with stakeholders. This includes the number of admissions to health beds, reason for admission, length of stay, if patients are unable to access the health beds, including their reason for needing admission, and feedback from staff and patients. This information will inform if any changes need to be made.

We would like to thank all those who have made this model a reality and for their hard work, determination and flexibility. It is currently a unique model and has required people to think a bit differently and approach things differently.

We also continue to recognise the contribution of all stakeholders and members of the community and thank you all again for your support and openness over the last few years. This has been very much appreciated.

Please let us know if you have any queries.