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Purley War Memorial Hospital reopens after
By Phil Thomas
On behalf of the RRA, my wife and I attend the official opening of this newly refurbished hospital on 7 November 2013. The official opening of the building was performed by Croydon South MP, Richard Ottaway. Mr Ottaway has, for many years, been a strong campaigner to have this hospital refurbished and be re-
Also in attendance at the opening were the Mayor, Councillor Yvette Hopley, Sanderstead Ward Councillor Lynne Hale, Council Leader Mike Fisher, Purley Ward Councillors, Graham Bass, Badsha Quadir, and Donald Speakman. The Croydon NHS Trust was represented by Mike Bell, Trust Chairman, John Goulston Chief Executive of the Trust and Paula Swann, Chief Officer of Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group.
The new physiotherapy and diabetic retinopathy (a test for an eye disease caused by diabetes) clinics re-
The Urgent Care Centre on the site, which has continued to serve the community during the renovation period, has now moved to its permanent home in the iconic old outpatients building facing Brighton Road.
The hospital currently sees around 3,000 patient attendances each month and there are plans to increase this to 7,500 per month by the end of March 2014. The RRA are aware that it has been reported in the press, that the Urgent Care Centre may reduce their opening hours because not enough people, particularly from the south of the Borough, are using the Centre. This issue was raised and denied by the Trust at the opening. The RRA would urge our residents, if they need to use the Urgent Care Centre to travel the shorter distance to Purley, rather than CUH and utilise this newly opened facility. Of course the full 24 hour A&E facility is still available at CUH.
As well as the Purley Urgent Care Centre, which is open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, there are also a range of diagnostic services including Digital X-
The Keston House medical practice, run by local GPs, will open on site from circa January 2014. It is also reported that Moorfields Eye Hospital, who are in discussions with the Croydon NHS Trust and will be taking over all Eye Care within Croydon, will also be utilising rooms on the 1st floor of this hospital. Although this will probably not happen until early 2014.
Although this is now a very impressive, refurbished hospital to have in the south of the Borough, perhaps the only criticism with this new hospital, is the limited on-
The hospital is served well by buses (60, 166, 407) and from Riddlesdown the 412 do stop outside the hospital. Other bus routes which are a few minutes walk away, are the 127, 289, 405, 434 and 455. Obviously any train use from Riddlesdown, would have to be to East Croydon and then change for a southbound train to Purley Station which is a few minutes walk away from the hospital.
All in all this is an impressive transformation of a previously run down hospital by the contractor Miller HPS and we would hope Riddlesdown residents make full use of this hospital.
Below is a list of some of the services (information supplied by Croydon NHS Trust) that will be provided from Purley Hospital when it is fully open and are expected to be in place by Spring 2014:
Below are photographs from the Official opening of Purley War Memorial Hospital on 7 November 2013.
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Below: Richard Ottaway MP performs the opening ceremony