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Orpington Hospital could host specialist orthopaedic centre under NHS proposals

PUBLISHED: 17:01 22 November 2016

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Health officials will hold a discussion next week on whether to open the plans up to a public consultation

Orpington Hospital could host a specialist centre for orthopaedic care under proposals being drawn up by the NHS.

Health officials are considering whether to hold a public consultation on the plans, which could see current patients having to travel to a different hospital to undergo treatment.

Guy’s Hospital and Lewisham Hospital are also on the shortlist, with officials planning to create elective orthopaedic centres at two of the three sites.

If the proposals go ahead, the centres will be furnished with dedicated theatres and ring-fenced beds, which all orthopaedic consultants would use to carry out inpatient surgery.

The NHS says consolidating orthopaedic care into two centres in south-east London would help it to cope with a projected 25 per cent rise in demand for services over the next five years.

Patients could also benefit from shorter waiting times, fewer cancelled operations and better infection control.

The proposal will only affect planned adult inpatient orthopaedic operations (around 6,870 procedures per year), meaning 2,300 to 3,600 people would have their surgery carried out at a different hospital site in the future.

Emergency cases, day case operations and outpatient appointments will continue at existing sites.

Officials say they the two sites would be chosen so as to minimise travel times across south-east London.

Dr Jonty Heaversedge, GP and chair of NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Following the committee’s decision we hope south-east London residents get involved and give their views during the consultation.

“These ideas are the result of several years of planning in south-east London and take into account the views of many different people, including health care professionals and patient representatives.

“By bringing these operations together into two elective orthopaedic centres for south-east London, we would be able to accept many more cases than we currently can, patients would have more certainty that their operation will go ahead, they will have a shorter stay in hospital and, perhaps most importantly, the evidence suggests they will have a better outcome from their surgery.”

Members of the public will be able to put their questions to the South East London NHS Committee in Common on Tuesday, November 29 at Room Imagine 2, Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street.

The meeting will run from 9am to 11am. Questions should be submitted in advance by emailing ourhealthiersel@nhs.net by midday on November 28.

The committee will decide whether or not to proceed to public consultation for 14 weeks starting in early December and running into 2017.

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