A group of VIP guests have been invited to see, first-hand, the work of the new Eltham Community Hospital, which is being developed by construction giants Willmott Dixon.
Willmott Dixon, which commenced the build of the 4,200 sq m community hospital in south east London in January this year, has welcomed guests including Clive Efford MP, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and Cllr David Gardner, the Royal Borough’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care (pictured below) to preview the work and meet key partners involved in the project ahead of its completion.
The project is being delivered through the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) Programme by BBG LIFT Company, a public-private partnership between Community Health Partnerships and LIFT Healthcare Investments, a consortium of four companies.
Once open, the hospital will enable the delivery of high quality, integrated clinical and community services that will meet the needs of people across the borough of Greenwich.
Guests toured the hospital site which will house two GP practices (Eltham Medical Practice and Eltham Palace Surgery) and contain 40 intermediate care beds, out-patient consulting rooms and a state-of-the-art x-ray suite.
They also had the opportunity to speak with key members of the project team which included NHS Greenwich CCG, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Lewisham and Greenwich Healthcare NHS Trust, BBG LIFT Company and Community Health Partnerships (Head Tenant).
Clive Efford MP welcomed the developments saying: “It will provide excellent health services in a first class facility. Local people have been waiting patiently for this community hospital to open and I am sure they will be impressed with it.
"It’s been great to meet the many people involved in bringing this fantastic facility to fruition.”
Dr Ellen Wright, Clinical Chair of NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group said, “Eltham residents should have every reason to be excited about the opening of a new, purpose-built NHS hospital that will bring together GPs, nurses and social care under one roof.
"The development of the Eltham Community Hospital is thanks to the vision and tireless work of a small army of residents, NHS workers, hospital-builders and Eltham community champions who have taken the idea from drawing board to reality."
Neil McElduff, Executive Director, Community Health Partnerships added: “We are delighted with the work that has been carried out to get the hospital to this point in construction.
Being able to show our guests around the facilities and meet the project team has been fantastic and they have been able to see first-hand the difference it will make across the borough. We look forward to the hospital opening next year.”
Johanna Gilby, Practice Manager at Eltham Palace Surgery said: “We are looking forward to moving in and welcoming patients.
"The coordinated care services that will be available at the hospital will greatly benefit the residents of Eltham and local people living in the borough of Greenwich. We are proud to be part of this integrated service delivery model."
Roger Forsdyke, Managing Director for Willmott Dixon’s Cobham office, which is delivering the work, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this significant project. Our team has worked hard with our client and all other parties in the partnership.
"We are on track to complete the work on time and are looking forward to the facility opening for the benefit of people locally.”
Willmott Dixon’s project team is in the final phase of construction, with the hospital due to open early next year.
Ahead of the building opening in early 2015, NHS Greenwich CCG have launched a competition to name the two wards in the new hospital; calling on Eltham residents and students to submit entries that reflect the local community or show a connection with Eltham’s past or future.