James Brokenshire has said he is delighted that Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has been given approval to takeover Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup (QMS) saying the change will secure the hospital’s future.
The transfer of QMS to Oxleas was given the green light by the Trust’s governors at a meeting earlier today (Friday) and is intended to take effect on 1 October. The proposals have also been endorsed by Monitor, the regulator of health services in England.
James Brokenshire proposed the transfer of the hospital to Oxleas more than a year ago (see related story at http://www.jamesbrokenshire.com/news/change-hospital-ownership-secure-its-future) and has been pressing Ministers and NHS executives to see the change brought about.
Oxleas have set out ambitious plans to invest up to £30million over the next five years to improve facilities at the hospital. Services will be provided by Oxleas, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and Bexley Council. Proposals would also see a new radiotherapy centre at the hospital allowing cancer patients to be treated locally in Sidcup rather than having to travel to Central London.
Continuing services will include:
- 24-hour unscheduled care, including an urgent care centre and GP out-of-hours service
- Older people's services
- Children's services, including the children's development centre and paediatric walk-in unit
- Specialist services, such as chemotherapy
- Community midwifery services, linked to the hospitals where women from Bexley give birth
- Outpatients services, such as general surgery, gynaecology and paediatrics
- Day surgery
- Diagnostics, including scans, ultrasound and x-ray
- Therapies, including physiotherapy and occupational therapy
- Inpatient mental health services for local patients
- Community and inpatient neuro-rehabilitation services
Commenting, James said:
"I am delighted that the transfer of Queen Mary's Hospital to Oxleas has been approved. It opens a new chapter for Queen Mary's, providing sound foundations for existing services as well as important new facilities such as the radiotherapy centre enabling patients to be treated in Sidcup.
“After years of uncertainty, this secures the positive future for the hospital so many people have urged. I welcome the new opportunities Oxleas’ ownership will provide for high quality healthcare services for the benefit of Bexley residents."
Oxleas Medical Director Dr Ify Okocha said:
"This is a great opportunity for Bexley. We, in Oxleas, are the right people to do this as we have a strong track record of delivering high quality NHS services from high quality facilities.
“This new model will enable us to work together to provide excellent services at Queen Mary's Hospital. For example we have plans to develop a brand new radiotherapy service which will be run by Guy's and St Thomas and prevent local people from needing to travel to central London or Kent to receive treatment."