James Brokenshire has warmly welcomed the opening of the new Kidney Treatment Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup on Monday (24 April) saying that it marks a further step up in NHS services provided locally.
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust will be delivering a comprehensive range of kidney services to the local community from within the new unit. The facility will have 20 dialysis chairs and a number of consultation rooms so that patients can have outpatient appointments in Sidcup rather than in Central London.
James saw the modern spacious unit for himself on a recent visit to the hospital when he was also updated on the opening of the new state of the art Cancer Treatment Centre and upgrading of outpatient facilities. The changes form part of a major three-year year transformation programme for Queen Mary’s Hospital and its services. Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is investing £30 million to refurbish the hospital site and construct new buildings.
Commenting, James said:
"The opening of the new Kidney Treatment Centre marks another important milestone in the transformation plan for Queen Mary's Hospital. It is a fantastic, modern new facility which will enhance the services provided from Sidcup as well as patients' experience in receiving quality care locally rather than having to travel up to a central London hospital.
"I've campaigned consistently in support of our local hospital over many years. Its been one of my key priorities to secure the long-term future of Queen Mary's and to expand the range of services provided for the local community. I'm really delighted that this great new unit - together with further significant improvements in the coming months - will help relaunch our local hospital and provide secure foundations for the years to come."