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Orpington Hospital future still uncertain as trust plans new health centre

PUBLISHED: 13:18 30 November 2012

Orpington Hospital

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Orpington Hospital will transfer a number of its services across to a new health and wellbeing centre.

The decision was made by joint boards of NHS South East London yesterday (Thursday), though the final vote was cast by members of Bromley primary care trust (PCT).

The Orpington centre will be a new home for some GP practices, offering services such as blood testing, x-rays and contraception and reproductive health services.

Orpington Hospital’s future remains uncertain, though the Bromley Clinical Commissioning Committee confirmed they do not feel the building is the right place for future services.

Dr Andrew Parson, the Chair of the Bromley Clinical Commissioning Committee, said: “The decision made today will bring considerable changes to how we deliver healthcare services in Orpington.

“We are confident that these changes are also an opportunity to improve patient care, by bringing together those services people need most often and delivering them closer to people’s homes, as well as having a strong focus on preventing illness and staying healthy.

“Our priority is to provide the right services, in the right place, at the right time.”

The recommendations also address the future of Orpington Hospital, about which there has been ongoing uncertainty.

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