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 Celebrating the successful transfer of Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup


Staff, clinicians, managers and the Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Councillor Teresa O’Neill, met on Tuesday 15 October to celebrate the successful transfer of Queen Mary’s Hospital (QMH) by NHS organisations and the local authority.


Changes at QMH were made on 1 October following the dissolution of the former South London Healthcare NHS Trust and the transfer of the hospital services formerly provided by the trust to other local NHS providers.


Most of the changes at QMH involve the way services are run and managed. The London Borough of Bexley, community health services and a wide range of hospital services are pooling their expertise to introduce a new and innovative way of providing healthcare. This will help Bexley residents to get the right treatment at the right place and the right time.


Dr Howard Stoate, local GP and Chair of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group, the organisation responsible for planning, buying and monitoring the quality of health services for Bexley residents said: “Six NHS organisations and the local authority have been working in partnership to ensure the smooth transfer of Queen Mary’s Hospital. It’s imperative that this valuable local resource continues to meet the needs of local people.”


Judy Fell, Matron and Paula McCalla, Ward Manager, both joined QMH 22 years ago as staff nurses. Speaking of the changes, Paula said: “We are like a family here. Even though we now work for separate organisations, we work as one.”


Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Councillor Teresa O’Neill, said: “I am very pleased that Queen Mary’s Hospital is entering a new era. It is one of the first community facing hospitals in the country and I hope local people will benefit from the quality healthcare that will be on offer from a range of specialists.


“With a major refurbishment and £30 million of investment planned over the next three years, the hospital’s future looks bright.”


Susan Acott, Chief Executive of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, the organisation providing outpatient and elective care to patients said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue the good work previously undertaken at Queen Mary’s Hospital and to work with new providers, Bexley patients and importantly GPs to ensure that local services are protected for the future.” 


In the next three years, QMH will see major investment and improvement to ensure it continues to provide valuable healthcare for people in Bexley.


To find out more about the changes to QMH, visit




For more information about this media release, please contact communications on 020 8298 6121.


Photo call


Photo taken on Tuesday 15 October, including nurses, ward clerks, consultants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, paediatric specialists, matron, Dr Sushanta Bhadra – Bexley GP and NHS Bexley CCG locality representative (male, behind green sign wearing sunglasses), Councillor Teresa O’Neil – Leader, London Borough of Bexley, Gerard Sammon – Deputy Chief Executive, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust (behind nurse wearing grey and blue uniform), Keith Soper – Head of Transformation and Operations, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (next to Gerard Sammon)


Notes to Editors

  • The core integrated services to be provided at QMH include:
    • A 24-hour, seven days a week urgent care centre
    • Services for older people and children
    • Specialist services such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy
    • Outpatients and diagnostic services
    • Physiotherapy and occupational therapy
    • Inpatient mental health
    • Community and inpatient neuro-rehabilitation services
    • Community midwifery services, which will ensure that mothers to be have everything they need and are supported both before and after delivery in maternity units at other local hospitals
    • The organisations working together at QMH are:
      • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust: owns and manages the site as well as providing community health, mental health and learning disability services
      • Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust: provides a range of hospital-based services
      • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: one of London's largest and busiest hospital trusts
      • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust: provides hospital and community-based services
      • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust: provides healthcare services to people in three London boroughs and some specialist services further afield
      • London Borough of Bexley: provides a wide range of services including social care
      • NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group: represents local GP commissioners
      • QMH will specialise in the day-to-day needs of local people and be able to either deal directly with illness and injuries, or give help and advice, and refer people on for the best care possible
      • The changes planned over the next three years mean that Queen Mary’s Hospital will become one of the first ‘community-facing’ hospitals of its kind in the country, with health and social care services working closer together, meaning:
        • Fewer people will be admitted to hospital
        • People will no longer have to constantly re-tell their stories to different professionals closer together
        • There will be better care, tailored to the needs of individuals