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Local health services celebrate Sidcup hospital transfer

PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 October 2013

Health services and Bexley Council celebrate the transfer of Queen Mary's Hospital

Health services and Bexley Council celebrate the transfer of Queen Mary's Hospital

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Staff, clinicians and managers celebrated the transfer of Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup to NHS organisations and the local authority.

South London Healthcare Trust, which had run the hospital along with Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich and the Princess Royal in Bromley, was dissolved on October 1.

A range of interested parties met outside the Frognal Avenue hospital on Tuesday.

Most of the changes at QMH involve the way services are run and managed. Bexley Council, community health services and a wide range of hospital services are pooling their expertise to introduce a new and innovative way of providing healthcare.

Dr Howard Stoate, local GP and chair of Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group, the organisation responsible for planning, buying and monitoring the quality of health services for Bexley residents said: “Six NHS organisations and the local authority have been working in partnership to ensure the smooth transfer of Queen Mary’s Hospital.

“It’s imperative that this valuable local resource continues to meet the needs of local people.”

Susan Acott, chief executive of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, the organisation providing outpatient and elective care to patients said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue the good work previously undertaken at Queen Mary’s Hospital and to work with new providers, Bexley patients and importantly GPs to ensure that local services are protected for the future.”

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