Orpington Hospital under discussion
»The future of Orpington Hospital was due to be discussed on Tuesday.
The Adult and Community Scrutiny Committee were expected to give their feedback on plans which include the possibility of closing the site, in Sevenoaks Road.
A report to be given to councillors states that if any “substantial variation in service provision be recommended” then a public consultation would have to be undertaken.
That consultation could begin as soon as November, if it is deemed necessary.
Possible options for the site include keeping it as it is, re-building services in part of the hospital, renting, buying or building somewhere else in the Orpington area or moving the services to other sites in south-east London.
The changes are being lead by the Orpington Health Services Project.
It said in a statement: “No decisions have yet been made about the future of the hospital but we are all agreed that we want to revitalise health services for Orpington patients and end the uncertainty about the future of the hospital.
“The group is strongly aware of the affection and reliance that many residents have for current services in Orpington, including Orpington Hospital.
“However, by talking to those people and groups who use, work and support these services, we believe we can come up with recommendations which will improve health provision.”
The Orpington Health Services Project says it is currently trying to raise awareness of the plans through leafleting at health centres, GP practices, libraries and community centres.
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