James Brokenshire has welcomed progress on the new Cancer Centre and Kidney Unit at Queen Mary’s which, alongside refurbishments elsewhere on the site will help deliver a wider range of high-quality care for patients in Sidcup.
Work to date on the Cancer Centre has recently seen the roof structure installed, with the shape and scale of the new building clearly visible to those visiting the hospital. According to the current schedule, building work should be completed in April with the first patients expected in June. Upon completion, the centre will provide radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments, as well as a range of other complimentary services provided by Macmillan and Dimbleby Cancer Care.
Elsewhere, work is underway to refurbish the Woodlands Ward to the latest dementia care standards and to provide WiFi throughout the hospital buildings for the use of patients and staff. These developments will complement the recent refurbishment of Meadow View ward and the hospital’s café.
In addition, the internal phase of work for the new Kidney Treatment Centre is expected to get underway shortly, equipping the recently rebuilt shell with equipment and dialysis machines so that even more people can access treatment closer to home. The Kidney Centre is expected to be complete by late autumn.
Commenting, James said:
“Queen Mary’s should see the hard work of many years come to fruition in 2016 in the form of two excellent new treatment centres. These additions and the thorough programme of refurbishment currently taking place are a real vote of confidence in our local hospital and I am grateful to all of those that have campaigned and worked hard to make it possible.”
“I shall continue to champion Queen Mary’s and support the hospital’s management as it tries to secure new services for the site for the benefit of local patients and their families.”