Urgent patients move during hospital refurb

Purley Hospital

Patients of Purley War Memorial Hospital’s diagnostic services will have to travel to Croydon University hospital for urgent care from December as the unit will get a redesign. 

A Minor Injuries Unit will replace the Urgent Care Centre on site for at least 12 weeks from early December.

The Trust is working with Miller HPS, a private contractor, on a redesign and refurbishment of the out-patient and diagnostic areas of the hospital.

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said: “We expect around 50 people per week who require diagnostic services will be re-directed or transferred to the Urgent Care Centre at Croydon University Hospital.”

All out-patient clinics, therapy services and diagnostic services are being moved to other locations this month in preparation.

A full urgent care service is expected to start again at Purley in February 2013.

The refurbishment is costing £11.15 million in government funding.

Dominic Conlin, Director of Strategy says, “We are at an exciting stage of the project with building work due to begin in November.”

Dermatology, diabetic medicine, general medicine, gynaecology, neurology, paediatrics, physiotherapy, radiology, GP surgery and vascular surgery, are just some of the things the service will be providing when the works are completed in June 2013.

Croydon residents have been invited to a meeting this evening to see the designs for the new Purley healthcare centre and voice their opinions.

Conlin says: “We want to make sure we make the best possible use of the newly refurbished space when we move services back there next summer, so we are asking local people to come along tonight to see the latest versions of the plans and have their say. Everyone’s thoughts on the proposed design for the site are very welcome.”

If you wish to attend the meeting you need to be at Christ Church, Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2BN, at 7.30 this evening.

For more details on the Purley redevelopment project go here.

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