22 July 2014, London

Young Ambassadors visit new Nelson Hospital development

Twelve young Ambassadors from Rutlish School in Merton Park were invited (by project contractor, Rydon) to tour the development site of a the new Nelson Hospital to see how construction work is progressing and to find out more about what services this new NHS facility will bring to their local area when it opens in Spring 2015.

Following on from this visit, Rydon and Rutlish School will continue to strengthen their relationship through a series of student initiatives including taster sessions for pupils interested in construction, competitions with links to Art and Mathematics and additional group tours of the development site.

Students from Rutlish School in Merton Park, touring the development site of the new Nelson Hospital

Above: Young Ambassadors from Rutlish School touring the new Nelson Hospital construction site

Planning the future of local healthcare

Sue Howson, Programme Director for Merton’s Better Healthcare Closer to Home initiative leading on the Nelson, commented:

“We are delighted that Rutlish School and Rydon have developed this very positive relationship. It is important to create further links with the community as the Nelson scheme progresses.

"It will be a place for local people to be seen, diagnosed and treated in a modern healthcare facility. It will also be a focal point where community groups can come together to meet, discuss and plan the future of local healthcare.”

Inspiring a new generation

David Grant, Deputy Head of Rutlish School, added:

"Rutlish has a thriving sixth form with Ricards Lodge through the RR6 Wimbledon Consortium and we plan to have many successful students pursuing a career related to medicine. The Nelson can play an important part in making this a reality by inspiring our young people.”

Next steps for the Nelson project

External building work on the Nelson development was recently completed.  The next stages of the project now include finalising the healthcare service providers who will operate in the centre and finishing interior construction.

Nelson Hospital will be a modern NHS healthcare facility purpose built to deliver more services in the community so that more patients can be seen, diagnosed and treated closer to home.

The centre will provide GP services, outpatient appointments, therapy services, services for older people, minor surgery and procedures, x-ray, ultrasound, blood tests and community mental health services. NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for the planning and buying of the clinical services that will be provided to the community through the facility.

For more information on the project please visit http://www.mertonccg.nhs.uk