18 March 2015, London

Celebrating new intermediate care provision in Eltham

In celebration of the opening of the two intermediate care wards just two weeks ago, Clive Efford MP met with patients and awarded prizes to some of the Ward Naming Competition winners yesterday, at the new at Eltham Community Hospital.

Clive Efford MP & Annabel Burn from NHS Greenwich CCG with local competition winners

Speaking after the prize giving ceremony Clive Efford MP said: “I was delighted to present the prizes today and to meet some of the patients that are now benefitting from the new community hospital.

It was wonderful to finally see the vision become a reality. It has been several years in the making, but I am sure will now bring enormous benefits for local people.”

Local connections reflected in Ward names

Name suggestions for the two wards were put forward by local people and the winning names chosen by the public both have strong historical links with Eltham's past:

  • The Fergusson Ward, which fondly remembers Dr Fergusson, who was based at the old Cottage Hospital (which occupied the new hospital's Passey Place site from the 1880s).
  • The Nesbit Ward, which celebrates the famous author Edith Nesbit, who wrote The Railway Children whilst living at Well Hall in Eltham from 1899 to 1922.

 

Partnership working

Other guests at the event included Nicola Theron, Area Director at Community Health Partnerships (CHP), Annabel Burn, Chief Officer at NHS Greenwich CCG, Jane Wells,  Director of Adult Community Services at NHS Oxleas CCG and Councillors John Fahy and David Gardner from the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Annabel Burn, Chief Officer of NHS Greenwich CCG, said: “Patients and staff are delighted with the new ward facilities and more services will be opening between now and the end of the summer.

"We are really proud of commissioning the building of this brand new hospital, which will improve patient care for local people.

"I would like to thank all our partners in working so hard with us to make this project a success and look forward to celebrating with them at the grand opening ceremony in the summer.” 

We are really proud of commissioning the building of this brand new hospital, which will improve patient care for local people.

Annabel Burn, Chief Officer, Greenwich CCG