Queen Mary’s Hospital Centenary Event Celebrations 2017

Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup 100

QMH Family Fun and Open Day 2017

Hundreds of people enjoyed the centenary celebrations and official re-launch of Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup on Saturday 9 September 2017. Watch the video we filmed on the day:



Families from across the borough of Bexley joined in the fun as well as many former members of Queen Mary’s staff. The event, which was organised by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, offered activities for the whole family including health and wellbeing advice from local health organisations and charities, football with Charlton Athletic Community Trust plus talks and an exhibition on the history of the hospital.

A highlight of the day was the official re-opening of the hospital which has undergone a multimillion-pound facelift. Local MP Rt Hon James Brokenshire cut the ribbon to open the new entrance along with Peter Reader, Mayor of the London Borough of Bexley.

James Brokenshire welcomed the development and said he was delighted to be at the centenary event. “This has been a great team effort from everyone at Oxleas and all of the other NHS organisations,” he said. “Thank you to all the incredible NHS staff for delivering high quality care for people in Bexley and beyond and for making Queen Mary’s future look bright and positive.”

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Over recent months, there has been a huge amount of development on the site including the opening of new services offering cancer and kidney treatment and a new urgent care centre. Further plans are in place to continue improving facilities at the site to benefit local people.

Also during the day, Bexley Care, the partnership between Oxleas and Bexley Council to join up health and social care in the community, was formally launched. Teresa O'Neill, leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Ben Travis, Chief Executive of Oxleas and Dr Nikita Kanani, Chief Clinical Officer of Bexley Clinical Commissioning Groups welcomed the new approach which aims to streamline care for local residents.

Tours and History

One of the most popular aspects of the day were visits to parts of the hospital that are not normally open to the general public. Guided tours of the new Guy's Cancer centre and kidney treatment centre, both run by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and to some of the operating theatres ran throughout the day and were extremely well attended. Also, Dr Andrew Bamji, former consultant at Queen Mary’s and author, signed copies of his book Faces from the Front which describes the fascinating story of the surgical work that took place in the hospital.

The day, which was supported by many local organisations including Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group, London Borough of Bexley, Hurley Group, and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, was enjoyed by all.  The Friends of Queen Mary’s Hospital, OCS and Galliford Try were also thanked for their support.

Ben Travis, Chief Executive of Oxleas, said: "It has been an absolutely fantastic day brought about by hard work between all the partners in Bexley. I’m really pleased with what we have achieved together."

History

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The Queen's Hospital was opened in 1917 in the grounds of Frognal House and initially provided pioneering plastic surgery to First World War soldiers with facial injuries, under the auspices of Sir Harold Gillies, until 1925.

It was renamed Queen Mary's Hospital in 1930. It continued to develop as a district general hospital serving the local population after the Second World War.

Today, following a £30 million redevelopment, services at Queen Mary’s hospital are run by a number of renowned healthcare organisations including:

  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
  • NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • London Borough of Bexley
  • Hurley Group

We would like to thank everyone who has supported our #qmh100 event

Without their contribution, the activities, entertainment, exhibitions and presentations would not have been possible.

Thank you

Apetito
Bexley Police Station
Brakes
Charlton Athletic Community Trust
Costa Coffee
Dartford & Gravesham NHS Foundation Trust
Denise Webb
Dr Andrew Bamji
Friends of Queen Mary’s Hospital
Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection
Freshfyre
Galliford Try
Guy’s and St Thomas’NHS Foundation Trust
Health Innovation Partners
John Nash
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Foundation Trust
London Borough of Bexley
NHS Bexley CCG
OCS
Rose Bruford College
St John Ambulance
Sidcup Fire Station
Sweet Ideas
SCA
The Oxleas Property Partnership