Refurbished hydrotherapy pool reopens at Orpington Hospital

05 December 2016 - King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to have officially reopened the hydrotherapy pool at Orpington Hospital following a period of refurbishment.

Hydrotherapy pool reopening Dec 2016

On Friday 2 December, the Trust held an event at the hospital to mark the reopening, attended by staff and patients, representatives from the Friends of Orpington Hospital, and Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington.

The refurbishment – which was completed in October as part of a complete renovation of the entire site – was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of Orpington Hospital and investment by the Trust.

The hydrotherapy pool is much loved in the local community, and is used by patients undergoing neurorehabilitation as part of their recovery, as well as by several community groups.

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust took over the running of Orpington Hospital in 2013 following the dissolution of South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

Matthew Trainer, Managing Director of Orpington Hospital and the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), said: “I am delighted that we have been able to undertake much-needed renovation work on the hydrotherapy pool at Orpington Hospital, and we are very grateful to the Friends of Orpington Hospital for their kind donation towards this work.

“The new pool will help improve the experience of our neurorehabilitation patients at an important time during their recovery, and hiring the pool to local community groups will create a valuable income for the Trust that can be reinvested into patient care.”

Ken Evans, Chair of the Friends of Orpington Hospital, said: “The Friends are very pleased to be able to support such an important project for the community of Orpington. We hope the refurbished pool will offer improvements to patient care and a valuable resource for local groups.”

Jo Johnson MP said: Jo has come back to me on the quote. He has changed it slightly to say: “The hydrotherapy pool at Orpington Hospital is an incredibly important and highly valued local facility. I am delighted that King’s – with the generous backing of the Friends of Orpington Hospital – has been able to give it a facelift.

“I am sure that the new pool will prove invaluable for patients and the public alike. This is yet another step in the recent development of Orpington Hospital, which continues to go from strength to strength under the management of King’s.”

Image caption: (l-r) Helen Peskett, Orpington Hospital Management Lead; Debbie Hutchinson, Director of Nursing for PRUH & South Sites; Ken Evans, Chair of the Friends of Orpington Hospital; Jo Johnson MP; Matthew Trainer, Managing Director of Orpington Hospital and the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)

Hiring the hydrotherapy pool

If you are a local community group interested in hiring the hydrotherapy pool, please email Julie Codet-Boisse at julie.codet-boisse@nhs.net.


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Ellie Morton
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Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at www.togetherwecan.org.uk

2. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

King’s Health Partners is one of only six Department of Health-designated AHSCs in England and brings together an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health. Our combined strengths will drive improvements in care for patients, allowing them to benefit from breakthroughs in medical science and receive leading edge treatment at the earliest possible opportunity.

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... to advance health and wellbeing by integrating world-class research, care and teaching.

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