I've campaigned in support of Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup over many years and after a period of considerable uncertainty we can be positive for the future. Patients are now seeing the benefits of an investment plan which have enhanced facilities and created bright, modern surroundings. The opening of the Guy's Cancer Treatment Centre at Queen Mary’s in Spring 2017 marked an important milestone. The cancer centre is something I campaigned for long and hard and am delighted that patients can receive both chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in outer south east London for the very first time, preventing the need to travel into Central London. The new Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre also offers information and advice to both patients and their families. I am in no doubt this flagship facility is transform care for cancer patients in this area - something which is close to my heart.
I was honoured to ‘re-open’ the new Queen Mary’s Hospital in 2018 following the £30 million investment in new state of the art facilities to help transform the NHS care provided locally. The transformation included new facilities for out-patients, women’s services, musculoskeletal therapies and cardiology and encompassed improvements to the Urgent Care Centre. This is coupled with the opening of the Meadowview Intermediate Care ward, the Holbrook specialist dementia ward and a fantastic new Children’s Development Centre. I pay tribute to the team at Oxleas for having the vision and commitment to drive these changes forward in conjunction with Guy’s & St Thomas’s, Kings, Lewisham & Greenwich and other NHS organisations.
The ‘re-opening’ of Queen Mary’s Hospital was also a chance to reflect on 100 years of medical history in Sidcup starting with the pioneering plastic surgery of Professor Harold Gillies. Since the establishment of the original Queen’s Hospital in 1917 treating soldiers wounded during the Great War, through the establishment of the current Queen Mary’s Hospital in 1929 and the construction of the main hospital building in the 1970s, our local hospital has seen continued change. There is little doubt that there have been some significant ups and downs during this time. But this new programme of investment consigns the dark days of the failed South London Healthcare Trust and the loss of services to the past and opens up a bright new chapter.
A new, state-of-the-art dental and ophthalmology facilities opened at the end of 2019. The highly specialised orthodontic service for adults and children includes oral and maxillofacial, restorative dentistry has 14 dental chairs. The Ophthalmology service diagnoses and provides medical and surgical treatment for a wide range of eye conditions in adults, young people and children, including injuries, glaucoma, and cataracts.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the doctors, nurses, staff and all those who have campaigned consistently for our local hospital, Queen Mary’s can look to the future with confidence.