Health staff anxious at closed A&E overspill

PUBLISHED: 17:29 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:12 25 August 2010

STAFF at another London hospital will feel the strain of taking on more patients when an A&E closes.

STAFF at another London hospital will feel the strain of taking on more patients when an A&E closes.

King's College Hospital in Camberwell, will be affected by the closure of the A&E, maternity and paediatric services at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup.

The decision taken by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts (JCPCTs) last month means that King's College shall take on an extra 1,428 of non-elective attendances and 2,448 elective surgery attendances a year.

This extra workload is expected to be taken on by 2010, which is when the JCPCT decided the changes should be in place.

But bosses at the hospital are unsure at how they will cope with the extra intake.

A spokesperson for King's College Hospital, said: "We are still looking at the detail of what this announcement will mean for King's and our Academic Health Science Centre partners - Guy's and St Thomas' and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts and Kings' College London.

"We already have well established working arrangements with other hospitals, including Queen Mary's Sidcup, Lewisham and Darent Valley."

Meanwhile Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, London Bridge, is expected to take on 1,546 non-elective attendances and 3,651 elective attendances a year.

And as revealed in your campaigning Times last week, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, is expected to take on most emergency cases from Sidcup.

The Camberwell and London Bridge hospitals are already going through major change of their own.

They are currently working with the mental health and substance misuse service of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts, to create a world-leading Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC).

The AHSC brings aims to create an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health.

A spokesperson for A Picture of Health said the Camberwell hospital has already confirmed they can take on 'any extra activity'.

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