Major milestone reached at Dulwich Community Hospital redevelopment
Construction work of a new health centre is set to commence at the Dulwich Community Hospital site located in East Dulwich Grove, following financial close being reached on 1 May 2018.
The redevelopment plans, approved by NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS England, consists of a new NHS healthcare centre with the aim of the project being to improve access to GP and community based health care services, so that a range of services can be provided in one convenient location. Patients can be treated quickly and will be able to access the most appropriate care for them.
The new health centre will integrate a range of primary care services, children's services, some diagnostics, a physiotherapy unit, a renal dialysis unit, community mental health services and services for patients with long term conditions. These services will be provided by Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and GP General Practice.
This means that patients with one or more long term conditions such as diabetes or heart disease can receive the treatment and support they need without having to attend multiple appointments in different locations.
Dr Roger Durston, NHS Southwark CCG's GP clinical associate for the Dulwich Programme said:
"This is great news for patients and residents of Southwark. The health centre is part of the transformation of primary and community health and wellbeing services across south Southwark, and will serve as a fit for purpose health hub for the local community".
Malcolm Hines, Director of Finance for NHS Bexley, Bromley and Southwark CCGs said:
"This is a culmination of years of work to bring this project to fruition. We are absolutely thrilled that work will be starting on the site in the next few weeks and I'd like to thank everybody involved in getting the project to this stage."
Angela Dawe, Joint Director for Operations and Strategic Development, Adult Local Services at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, said:
"This new centre will bring the care that our patients need closer to where they live and in a location that suits them.
"It means that our staff can work on site with our partners and GP services, in a joined up way, to provide the best possible care."
Alongside the new health centre, a secondary school is being built. The Charter School East Dulwich is an inclusive school that will accommodate up to 1,680 pupils aged 11 to 19 and over 180 teachers and support staff. The school is currently based in temporary accommodation in Peckham and will move to the East Dulwich site once completed.
Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council said:
"I am delighted that work is beginning at Dulwich Community Hospital, which will play a major role in the transformation of healthcare in Southwark. Once complete, this site, in the heart of the community, will provide a wide-reaching and modern service, particularly to patients who would previously have suffered the inconvenience of visiting more than one hospital for their treatment. I thank all those involved in this project for their dedication to making it happen."
Alex Crossman, Head Teacher, Charter School East Dulwich said:
"We are delighted to hear the health centre project is progressing. We look forward to completing our school development alongside to create a wonderful new development for health and education in our community."
The plans for the two developments were agreed in partnership by Community Health Partnerships, NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, The Charter Schools Educational Trust and Southwark Council.
The health centre is due to be completed in April 2020, allowing the final phase of the school project to be completed.