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03 October 2012
Consultation about Purley Hospital

The design for the new Purley healthcare centre is near completion and a consultation process has been put in place.

There is a public meeting on Tuesday 9 October at Christ Church, Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2BN 7.30 – 9pm.

Cllr Margaret Mead, Conservative Councillor for Heathfield and Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care in Croydon commented "We welcome the significant investment Croydon Health Services are putting into the Purley Hospital and it is sadly not before time. In order to make sure people know exactly what is proposed and happening in the transition period and where to go for services during the reconstruction period, the opportunity for anyone to come along on the 9 October to see the designs and give their views and comments is both very important and appropriate. We really hope there will be huge response to this invitation to ensure the best possible use is made of these brand new facilities.

Croydon Health Services has issued this information:

The Trust has begun the exciting £11.15million refurbishment of the Purley War Memorial Hospital using government funding.
We are working with private contractor, Miller HPS, to completely redesign and refurbish the existing out-patient and diagnostic areas and bring the currently disused wards back into use as clinics and GP practice.

What is happening now:
The design is near completion and building work begins in November. To make sure we can carry out the work to schedule we have to move all out-patient clinics, therapy services and diagnostic services from Purley hospital to other locations.

Some services have already moved but most will move from the middle of October.

For approximately the first 12weeks of the refurbishment there will be a Minor Injuries Unit rather than an Urgent Care Centre on site whilst the diagnostics area (including x-ray) is upgraded. We expect around 50 people per week who require diagnostic services will be re-directed or transferred to the Urgent Care Centre at Croydon University Hospital.

Full details of what can be treated at the unit during this time will be available soon.

Refurbishment of the diagnostics area is first priority in the construction programme and we expect the full urgent care service at Purley to start again in February 2013.

While work is carried out on site the blood testing service will be relocating to Keston House Medical Practice in Brighton Road.

This service will start on Friday 26th October 2012 and will be held every Friday from 08.30 – 17.00 with a break for lunch between 12.30 – 13.30.

All appointments for Keston House will continue to be booked via the Trust’s Phlebotomy Department and patients are asked to call 0208 401 3420 to make an appointment for this service.

The Croydon University Hospital walk-in blood testing service will continue as normal

Preparations for the refurbishment works also include:
• Sending letters to all patients who would normally attend clinics at Purley Hospital advising on the new time, date and location of their clinics between Oct 2012 and June 2013
• Ensuring NHS 111, London Ambulance service, GPs and other referrers are aware of the changes
• Supporting staff who are re-locating
• Working closely with IT, estates and facilities to make sure the move is swift, efficient and smooth for staff and patients

The proposed design of the refurbished integrated health and social care service centre is nearly complete and the Trust is working to ensure what is most needed at the site is provided, with best value for money.

Below is a list of just some of the services that will be provided from Purley on completion of works in June 2013:

• Cardiology – excluding ECG/ECHO
• Colorectal surgery
• Continence
• Dermatology
• Diabetic medicine
• Endocrinology
• Ears, Nose and Throat
• Gastroenterology
• General medicine
• Geriatric medicine
• Gynaecology
• Midwife episode
• Neurology
• Obstetrics
• Ophthalmology
• Paediatric ophthalmology
• Paediatrics
• Pain management
• Phlebotomy (blood tests)
• Physiotherapy
• Physiotherapy MCATS
• Radiology
• Rheumatology
• Thoracic medicine
• Trauma & orthopaedics
• Urology
• Vascular surgery
• GP surgery
• Urgent care service

Public Engagement in design process:

The Trust is considering ways to make sure we make best use of the space - lead clinicians, staff and patient representatives have been fully involved in the design and planning to date.

Members of the public are now also invited to feed in their ideas at a public meeting on Tuesday 9 October at Christ Church, Purley. Everyone’s thoughts on the proposed design for the site are welcome.

If you can’t attend please do send in your thoughts and suggestions to the Purley Project Manager:

• Cerian Henshaw, Purley Project Manager, Room 3.29, Third Floor, Nightingale House, Croydon University Hospital, 530 London Road, Croydon CR7 7YE


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