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Queen Mary's Sidcup 'health campus' plans meeting

PUBLISHED: 14:30 02 November 2011

Dr Joanne Medhurst

Dr Joanne Medhurst

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Proposals to create a cancer centre, elderly assessment unit, hospice and pharmacy, at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, are one step closer.

The joint director of NHS South East London, Bexley Business Support Unit Dr Joanne Medhurst, is due to present plans at a meeting on Thursday, November 24, at Woolwich Town Hall.

This comes after the A&E unit at the Sidcup hospital was closed last year and plans were announced to turn the hospital into a ‘health campus’ to provide primary care, elective surgery and diagnostic services.

Dr Medhurst said: “These exciting proposals for Queen Mary’s aim to modernise healthcare.

“We want to provide better, safer, cost-effective care, closer to people’s homes, with complex care provided in specialised units by highly-skilled clinicians.”

A business case to turn the Sidcup hospital into a health campus was submitted to NHS London on October 7 who are expected reply next month (December) but could not confirm a specific date.

South London Healthcare Trust managers which manage the hospitals in Sidcup, Woolwich and Farnborough, began transferring more elective surgery to Queen Mary’s from the other two hospitals this month. They aim to make Queen Mary’s the main centre for hip replacements by the end of the year.

Bexley Council leader Teresa O’Neill said: “This is an important part of the borough’s history. Queen Mary’s has provided essential services for nearly 100 years. These plans seek to ensure that Queen Mary’s continues to have a central role in providing high-quality services for local people.”

The proposals also include introducing wellbeing services such as those aimed at helping people stop smoking and lose weight, as well as providing financial and housing advice.

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