Purley hospital revamp 'to be finished next summer'
THE £11m revamp of Purley War Memorial Hospital will be completed by the end of next summer, the new man in charge of Croydon's healthcare has pledged.
John Goulston, the new interim chief executive of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, has made the commitment – as long as the proposed refurbishment of the site is given the go-ahead by NHS London.
Last month the Advertiser revealed the hospital's long-awaited makeover will include:
A South Croydon GP practice moving there
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Plans to continue running the urgent care service until its long-term proposal for a GP-led service is confirmed
Increased access to diagnostics (such as electro-cardiogram, X-ray, ultrasound, and echocardiogram)
Mr Goulston this week told the Advertiser how a disused building at the rear of the Brighton Road hospital – which has been empty for about 20 years – will be revamped first.
Then the front of the building will be refurbished.
Mr Goulston said: "We ought to be having our services closer to patients and, as we have a hospital in Purley, we ought to make better use of it.
"Patients shouldn't be having to travel all the way to Thornton Heath for these types of services."
A business case detailing the final plans for the hospital will be presented to NHS London by the end of next month.
If they are approved, Mr Goulston confirmed he would like to see work completed by "late summer or early autumn 2013".