Petition to save hospital surgical unit
PUBLISHED: 16:55 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 16 August 2010
CAMPAIGNERS handed over a petition against the closure of a surgical centre to a hospital chief executive. Former patient Julie Mott handed an 18,000 signature petition, which outlines objections to the closure of Orpington Treatment Centre, in Sevenoaks
CAMPAIGNERS handed over a petition against the closure of a surgical centre to a hospital chief executive.
Former patient Julie Mott handed an 18,000 signature petition, which outlines objections to the closure of Orpington Treatment Centre, in Sevenoaks Road, to Bromley Hospital's Trust chief executive Mike Marchment last Wednesday.
Mrs Mott, who underwent a hip operation at the centre earlier this year, said: "We will never stop fighting the closure of the centre and we hope they will take notice of all the people who have signed this petition who don't want it to shut."
Mr Marchment said: "I have enormous admiration for people who do care for their community and am pleased to accept this petition."
Three operating theatres at the centre were due to shut at the end of December but because of a backlog of up to 800 patients needing elective surgery, the closure has been postponed until March 2009.
Meanwhile, at a Bromley Hospital Trust (BHT) board meeting on Tuesday Bromley health bosses agreed to recommendations for a three-trust merger with Queen Mary's Hospital Trust, Sidcup (QMS) and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust (QEH), Lewisham.
A spokesperson for BHT stressed that the financially driven merger would not be an amalgamation of clinical services but an organisational and managerial shake-up.
She said: "We don't have an obligation to do a public consultation for this but we are going to do public engagement work.
"This will not affect the A Picture of Health proposals, it is a separate issue. We do not know who will be the new chief executive."
The resignation of chief executive of QMS, Kate Grimes, was announced on Tuesday.
It was expected that the boards of QMS and QEH would also agree to the merger at meetings due to take place on Wednesday and today respectively.