On 1 October, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust took over responsibility for the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) in Bromley, as well as Orpington Hospital.
From the same date, King's also took over responsibility for running some clinical services at Queen Mary's Hospital, Beckenham Beacon and Sevenoaks Hospital.
This followed the formal dissolution of South London Healthcare NHS Trust (SLHT) on 30 September, which was previously responsible for running the PRUH, as well as other hospitals in the south-east of London.
King's is committed to delivering high-quality, effective patient services out of all its hospitals from 1 October, and plans to build on its reputation for excellence developed over many years at its main hospital site on Denmark Hill.
King’s will become one hospital across multiple sites, with a single goal – high-quality service for all.
The acquisition will benefit patients, staff and the local health economy.
- Improved services:
- Patients in Bromley and Kent will benefit from the development of specialist services. Patients at our Denmark Hill site will see waiting times reduced.
- Financial sustainability:
- As one Trust we can offer a wider range of services, more effectively, more efficiently and closer to home. Restructuring services will help us to address any future financial challenges.
- Leading the way:
- By extending our specialist care networks across a wider geographical area, we are helping to improve and develop the local healthcare system
The new enlarged organisation will focus on providing first rate care for patients, and new and exciting opportunities for staff, whilst also ensuring that our strong operational and financial position is maintained and strengthened.