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 firstname.lastname@example.org.