08 May 2018, London

Major milestone reached at Dulwich Community Hospital redevelopment

Construction work is set to commence at the Dulwich Community Hospital site located in East Dulwich Grove after the project reached financial close on Tuesday 1 May 2018.

CGI image of the new Dulwich Healthcare Centre

Construction work is set to commence at the Dulwich Community Hospital site located in East Dulwich Grove after the project reached financial close on Tuesday 1 May 2018.

The redevelopment plans, approved by Southwark Council in January 2017, consists of a new NHS healthcare centre and a new secondary school, on the site of the former Dulwich Community Hospital.

The development of the new healthcare centre will be through the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme, a public private partnership (PPP) led by Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and working in collaboration with Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, and the local LIFT partner South London Health Partnership3.

Eugene Prinsloo, Developments Director at Community Health Partnerships said: “We are delighted to support Southwark CCG in delivering an important part of it’s out of hospital programme and bringing care closer to home for patients.  For CHP this is the fourth scheme to reach financial close since we took over the head tenant responsibility of the NHS LIFT estate from Primary Care Trusts in 2013.  Working with our local delivery partner, South London Health Partnership, our LIFT public-private partnerships continue be a valuable delivery and funding mechanism for infrastructure in the health sector.”

The new healthcare 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. 

Malcolm Hines, Director of Finance for NHS Bexley, Bromley and Southwark CCGs said: “This is great news for patients and residents of Southwark. The healthcare centre will play an essential part in 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”

Stephen Spall from South London Health Partnership also said:  “South London Health Partnership (SLHP) is proud to work in partnership with Southwark CCG and CHP in delivering and managing this modern healthcare centre for the people of Dulwich. It is the culmination of many years of work with partners to deliver a facility that meets the needs of the residents of Dulwich both now and in the future. SLHP will manage the construction of the facility and once operational, maintain it to the highest levels to give the residents of Dulwich a healthcare centre they can be proud off for many years to come.”

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.”

The healthcare centre is due to be completed in April 2020, allowing the final phase of the school project to be completed.