Hospital Watch launch - hospital visitors are eyes and ears

Old Bexley & Sidcup MP James Brokenshire visited Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, to officially launch the new pilot Hospital Watch scheme and tour the site.

Local police oversee Hospital Watch, which asks visitors to be the additional ‘eyes and ears’ of the police and security team and report any suspicious behaviour.

Andy Trotter, Chair of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, who own and manage the site, hosted the visit last Friday (14 October) and paid tribute to the new scheme.  He said: “We’re investing £30m to transform the services and facilities at Queen Mary’s and we’re delighted that our partners in the local community are supporting the hospital in this way.”

After the launch, some of the visitors were taken on a tour of the site, first into the new adult learning disability building, then onto Acorns, our newly-opened centre for children and young people’s services.

From here, they went on to see Guy’s Cancer at QMH, the new cancer centre which will be run by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and then onto the Kidney Treatment Centre, due to open in early 2017.

Published on 19th October 2016