South London Healthcare Trust dissolved

PUBLISHED: 16:05 01 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:05 01 October 2013

Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, where Rod Irvine often operated

Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, where Rod Irvine often operated


South London Healthcare Trust was dissolved at midnight last night.

Responsiblity for the services and hospitals has been split up between a number of different NHS trusts, with the Princess Royal University Hospital joining forces with King’s College Hospital in Camberwell.

Services and buildings at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup have been taken over by a number of different service providers, including Oxleas Foundation Trust and Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich is now linked to Lewisham under the newly-formed Greenwich and Lewisham NHS Trust.

The NHS Trust Development Authority released a document yesterday saying that transitional support would increase from £266million to £466million.

King’s will receive an extra £91million while Dartford and Gravesham will gain an extra £5million to ensure a smooth transition.

Chief executive at King’s Tim Smart said: “Today marks a major change for our organisation, and the populations we serve. As a foundation trust, we decided that joining forces with the Princess Royal would help us improve services, and enable us to provide better care for patients visiting all of our hospitals.

“We also have a track record of delivering strong operational and financial performance, and one of our priorities as an enlarged organisation will be to ensure this is maintained.”

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