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Bexley residents urged to have health say

PUBLISHED: 16:46 09 November 2012

Teresa O'Neill

Teresa O'Neill

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Bexley Council's leader has urged residents in the borough to have their say on the South London Healthcare Trust consultation.

Administrator Matthew Kershaw announced his plans for health services in south-east London at the end of last month which has sparked a consultation period for them to be discussed.

They include implementing a health campus at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, which has been striped of a number of key services in recent years including the A&E and maternity units.

Cllr O’Neill said: “I hope anyone who is interested in the future of health services will read about the report and its recommendations and give their views.

Key features of the proposed Bexley Health Campus would include a children’s development centre, elective surgery, out patients, mental health services and an urgent care centre.

She added: “Bexley is currently the only borough in London without a district hospital. There has been tremendous uncertainty about the hospital’s future in the last few years.

“Our population includes both more older people and more young people than most London boroughs, so I believe it’s particularly important that they can access as many services as possible, without having to travel long distances.”

The consultation started on November 2 and runs until Friday, November 13. Information about the changes is available at GP surgeries, libraries, council offices and other places across the borough as well as online at www.tsa.nhs.uk.

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