Children’s Centre for specialist services opens at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup

PUBLISHED: 12:37 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:37 05 April 2017

Andy Trotter, and Teresa O'Neill officially open the new children's centre

Andy Trotter, and Teresa O'Neill officially open the new children's centre


The centre, Acorns, will act as a single point of access for children and families

Teresa O'Neill being shown equipment at the centreTeresa O'Neill being shown equipment at the centre

A new children’s centre has opened at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup.

The centre, Acorns, provides a single point of access for all specialist services for children and families in the borough. These include physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, children and adolescent mental health services, and audiology.

Acorns was offically opened by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust chair Andy Trotter, along with leader of Bexley Borough Council Teresa O’Neill, and other local representatives, and shows how some of the £50 million invested by the trust is being used to develop the site and facilities.

Working with healthcare designers, Boex, who specialise in healthcare interiors, workshops with children took place to bring together ideas for designs and colours.

Mr Trotter said: “The centre looks stunning. Having one location for specialist children’s services, so they can work together, in a purpose-built location, to provide high quality services for children, is a fantastic achievement. It will make life so much easier for the families and children who need access to these services.”

Other developments at the site include a cancer centre and kidney treatment centre, both run by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The Kidney Treatment Centre is due to open to patients on April 24, and Guy’s Cancer at GMH is expected to open in May.

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