New Mitcham health facility plan revealed as Nelson Hospital roof is completed in Kingston Road, Wimbledon

Eleanor Brown, left, laying the final slab with Dr Howard Freeman.

Eleanor Brown, left, laying the final slab with Dr Howard Freeman.

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A landmark moment in the redevelopment of a Wimbledon hospital was marked by health bosses yesterday in a special ceremony where plans for a similar development in the middle of Mitcham were revealed.

Visitors were delighted to be given a tour around the site in Kingston Road, Wimbledon Chase, to see for themselves the progress of on-going building work at the Nelson Local Care Centre, on the site of the former Nelson Hospital.

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The development on Kingston Road.

The event, on Tuesday, July 8, saw Dr Howard Freeman MBE, chairman of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Eleanor Brown, Merton CCG chief officer, mark the completion of the external build by laying the final slab on the roof.

And it was revealed a similar health-related development is being planned for central Mitcham.

Two sites are being considered for the development, and a business plan will be submitted in July next year.

Ms Brown said: "There will be a health facility in Mitcham based on the model of care that is right for residents there.

"Mitcham has different health challenges."

Speaking at the event, known as a topping out ceremony, Dr Freeman said: "This building will be open next spring, it will be open on time.

"We are developing better healthcare closer to home for Merton residents."

Ms Brown said: "It has been a long time coming.

"I am really pleased to see it.

"I saw it when it was a shell in December or January - it has been transformed.

"Now I can imagine patients in here."

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How the site looked a couple of months ago. 

Two GP practices will move into the Nelson Hospital site when it is scheduled to open next spring - Cannon Hill Lane Medical Practice and the Church Lane Practice.

Dr Graham Mason from Cannon Hill Lane said: "It is fantastic, the challenge is to make it work."

It will house a range of services including outpatient appointments, minor surgery and physiotherapy.

The next stages of the project include finalising the healthcare service providers who will operate in the centre, finishing interior construction and fitting out so it will be ready to open in spring 2015.

The Nelson Local Care Centre is being funded through a NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust, a Private Public Partnership which has been developed with South London Health Partnerships Ltd.

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10:37am Wed 9 Jul 14

Georgia Lewis says...

Just so we're all aware, here is some more information about the innocuous-sounding South London Health Partnership. From their website:

"South London Health Partnership (SLHP) was formed in 2013 to bring together the two NHS LIFT companies in South London that have the same shareholders – Fulcrum and Community Health Partnerships (CHP)."

LIFT is PFI in another guise - another way to fund healthcare building projects which benefits construction companies and banks more than patients.

On the SLHP board is one Dr Phil Moore, a member of the Kingston CCG and Surbiton GP - so there is a conflict of interest right there as Kingston CCG is currently involved in the latest farcical review of SW London healthcare, which puts St Helier Hospital under threat.

Unsurprisingly, SLHP is part of a bigger private company, the Fulcrum Group, which is involved in joint ventures in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham, Knowsley, Halton, St Helens and Warrington, Bristol, Oxford and south-east Scotland, as well as Merton, Wandsworth, Sutton, Kingston, Richmond and Croydon.

In short, it is this secretive privatisation that is costing the NHS millions of pounds not just in our local area but across the whole country. It is part of a deliberate plan to run down NHS services and set hospitals up to fail so people are more accepting of more privatised healthcare. This is the beginning of the end of the NHS and the sad part is that unless we stop it now, we will sleepwalk into an American system that costs everyone more, yields worse outcomes and leads to healthcare becoming a leading cause of personal bankruptcy.
Just so we're all aware, here is some more information about the innocuous-sounding South London Health Partnership. From their website: "South London Health Partnership (SLHP) was formed in 2013 to bring together the two NHS LIFT companies in South London that have the same shareholders – Fulcrum and Community Health Partnerships (CHP)." LIFT is PFI in another guise - another way to fund healthcare building projects which benefits construction companies and banks more than patients. On the SLHP board is one Dr Phil Moore, a member of the Kingston CCG and Surbiton GP - so there is a conflict of interest right there as Kingston CCG is currently involved in the latest farcical review of SW London healthcare, which puts St Helier Hospital under threat. Unsurprisingly, SLHP is part of a bigger private company, the Fulcrum Group, which is involved in joint ventures in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham, Knowsley, Halton, St Helens and Warrington, Bristol, Oxford and south-east Scotland, as well as Merton, Wandsworth, Sutton, Kingston, Richmond and Croydon. In short, it is this secretive privatisation that is costing the NHS millions of pounds not just in our local area but across the whole country. It is part of a deliberate plan to run down NHS services and set hospitals up to fail so people are more accepting of more privatised healthcare. This is the beginning of the end of the NHS and the sad part is that unless we stop it now, we will sleepwalk into an American system that costs everyone more, yields worse outcomes and leads to healthcare becoming a leading cause of personal bankruptcy. Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 6

10:49am Wed 9 Jul 14

Forty_two says...

So, we used to have a local hospital, and now we have a polyclinic, where the NHS will presumably be paying rent for the space occupied by the two GP surgeries which will be moving in, while also presumably, the developer gets rent from housing developed on the site.

This is PFI by another name, and the people responsible ought to be ashamed of themselves.
So, we used to have a local hospital, and now we have a polyclinic, where the NHS will presumably be paying rent for the space occupied by the two GP surgeries which will be moving in, while also presumably, the developer gets rent from housing developed on the site. This is PFI by another name, and the people responsible ought to be ashamed of themselves. Forty_two
  • Score: 6

12:19pm Wed 9 Jul 14

quizzfizz says...

Having crippled hospitals with vast debts through PFI, this LIFT system is now doing the same for primary care. NHS land, OUR land, is being sold off cheap to developers and then a fancy building is built and leased back to the NHS at vast expense to the taxpayer. Just bear in mind that all the money that is being spent on inflated rents could and should have gone into care for local people. And the public had no say in the sell off of their assets. It's a scandal and someone should be held to account.
Having crippled hospitals with vast debts through PFI, this LIFT system is now doing the same for primary care. NHS land, OUR land, is being sold off cheap to developers and then a fancy building is built and leased back to the NHS at vast expense to the taxpayer. Just bear in mind that all the money that is being spent on inflated rents could and should have gone into care for local people. And the public had no say in the sell off of their assets. It's a scandal and someone should be held to account. quizzfizz
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Pippa Maslin says...

I find it sad and frightening that the general public are likely to see these new developments and think that Merton CCG are doing a grand job, when actually, they are part of South West London Collaborative Commissioning, who are complicit in enacting 'efficiency savings' (read 'cuts') of £210m over the next five years. As Georgia Lewis, Forty_two, and quizzfizz explain so eloquently, the 'Private Public Partnership' is pernicious. It equates to a sell-off of our NHS. Whatever happened to having an NHS that is funded by the people, for the people? Don't be fooled by shiny new buildings, folks! All that glitters is not gold. The private companies involved in the redevelopments are only out to line their pockets.
I find it sad and frightening that the general public are likely to see these new developments and think that Merton CCG are doing a grand job, when actually, they are part of South West London Collaborative Commissioning, who are complicit in enacting 'efficiency savings' (read 'cuts') of £210m over the next five years. As Georgia Lewis, Forty_two, and quizzfizz explain so eloquently, the 'Private Public Partnership' is pernicious. It equates to a sell-off of our NHS. Whatever happened to having an NHS that is funded by the people, for the people? Don't be fooled by shiny new buildings, folks! All that glitters is not gold. The private companies involved in the redevelopments are only out to line their pockets. Pippa Maslin
  • Score: 1

1:37pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Georgia Lewis says...

If you want an idea of where our NHS money is being spent, Construction News is an excellent source of information. Yes, Construction News. Contemplate that for a moment and be horrified.
If you want an idea of where our NHS money is being spent, Construction News is an excellent source of information. Yes, Construction News. Contemplate that for a moment and be horrified. Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 3

3:27pm Wed 9 Jul 14

level6 says...

Brilliant comments and a sad reflection on the way the money men are taking over OUR NHS and lining their own and their friends pockets.

PFI was the mechanism which started the destruction of NHS finances and here it is by another name.
All those taking advantage of their positions to make fortunes from their vested interests must and will be held to account.
Brilliant comments and a sad reflection on the way the money men are taking over OUR NHS and lining their own and their friends pockets. PFI was the mechanism which started the destruction of NHS finances and here it is by another name. All those taking advantage of their positions to make fortunes from their vested interests must and will be held to account. level6
  • Score: 5

12:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

David A says...

When oh when will people wake up and stop the theft of our NHS? Same goes for all our other essential public services.
When oh when will people wake up and stop the theft of our NHS? Same goes for all our other essential public services. David A
  • Score: 4

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