James Brokenshire has praised all those involved in Saturday's family fun day marking 100 years of hospital services in Sidcup and the formal relaunch of Queen Mary's Hospital following significant investment.
As part of the event, James cut the ribbon to mark the completion of works on the new main entrance and associated outpatient areas. This forms part of a £30m transformation of Queen Mary's Hospital with modern new facilities including a new Urgent Care Centre, Cancer Centre, Kidney Treatment Centre and Children's Centre allowing more people the chance to access NHS services closer to home.
Saturday's fun day saw a range of activities including the chance for local people to tour some of the new facilities. The event also gave the chance to look back on the history of the hospital - including the pioneering reconstructive facial surgery of Sir Harold Gillies between 1917-25 with the unveiling of a special blue bench as a reminder of his work.
Following the upgrade, the hospital now provides over 50 services, 365 days a year, including an Urgent Care Centre. The addition of the new Cancer Centre will prevent cancer patients having to travel up to Central London to access treatment and the new Kidney Unit will make access to dialysis machines much more convenient for local renal patients.
Commenting after the event, James said:
“It was great to be able to celebrate Queen Mary’s past, present and future and to recognise the hard work of the NHS staff that have made this happen.
"I have been a consistent campaigner for our local hospital and after all of the years of work by so many people, I am so delighted to see the modern new NHS facilities available locally - including state of the art cancer and kidney treatment centres.
"As the hospital marks its centenary Queen Mary's can look forward to a bright and positive future."