8pm TONIGHT – Future of Beckenham Beacon Meeting and Copers Cope AGM – 8pm Thurs 28th March 2013, Beckenham Public Hall

Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association has invited the Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group to their AGM & open meeting to address residents on the future of the Beacon in light of the South London Healthcare Trust (SHLT) pulling out. We encourage all Beckenham residents to attend this meeting, you do not have to be a member of our Association. Residents will also have an opportunity to address our councillors and MP.

  • The Annual General Meeting of the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association from 8pm to 8.30pm.
  • Dr Jon Doyle (Clinical Lead), Paul White (Associate Director of Delivery) and Janet Edmonds (Senior Carepathways Redesign Manager) of the Bromley Commissioning Group from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Background

Currently the NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) pays the SLHT to provide services at the Beacon. When SHLT pull out Bromley CCG will need to commission care from another provider. The TSA recommend the SLHT hand over the Beacon to Bromley CCG on 1 June 2013 (and the Secretary of State for Health advises it must be done by 1 October 2013 at the latest).

The 1st of June will soon be upon and as yet Bromley CCG has issued no formal plans for the Beacon. They have advised that they still want to have GP and practice nurse services, access to a service dealing with minor injuries, and a range of outpatient and diagnostic services and tests such as blood tests and X-rays, delivered at Beckenham Beacon. They are also looking at options around other primary and community care services.

We understand they are in negotiation with Kings College London to provide services at the Beacon, and that Kings College also want to enhance services at the Beacon. (Note: another of the TSA’s recommendations is that Kings College London take over Princess Royal University Hospital, this is expected to happen some time between June and October.)

Naturally residents are concerned that the services provided at the Beacon will change. We may get some new services, however there are worries that key services currently provided at the Beacon may move, perhaps to Princess Royal Hospital Farnborough or even Kings College London. To address this and give residents the opportunity to have their say we have invited Bromley CCG to speak at our open meeting. We hope the following will be covered.

  • Update on negotiations with Kings College London.
  • Confirmation of specific services that will remain at the Beacon.
  • Future improvements/opportunities for the Beacon that have been confirmed or are being explored. (Note previously the CCG advised Intermediate Care Beds being provided could be considered).

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