Tories: We are certain that St George’s Hospital, Hornchurch, will close

10:00 10 September 2012

Cllr Steven Kelly

Cllr Steven Kelly

Archant

»St George’s Hospital will be closed and its site sold for housing.

That was the message delivered to Hornchurch residents by Havering Council’s ruling Conservative Party – despite health chiefs insisting no decision has yet been made on the hospital’s future.

Last week the Recorder reported that the hospital’s heating system was not good enough to last the winter and staff believed patients would be moved out in November.

NHS North East London and the City (NELC), which maintains the former RAF hospital in Suttons Lane, said it had not yet decided what would happen to the site.

This week a leaflet from Hacton Conservatives was delivered to local residents. It stated that the heating system is being staffed by eight engineers to keep it safe.

It said: “The 60-bed convalescent unit will close within two months.

“The NHS will sell the site for housing development.”

It added that the party supports the plan to close the bed unit.

Options

A NELC spokesman maintained that no plans have yet been made.

He said: “Together with councillors and other stakeholders, we are looking at all the options so we can make sure we can care for patients in safe and suitable surroundings.

“We need to act before the winter months but as yet no decision has been made about what would be best for local patients.”

Havering Council’s cabinet member for individuals, Cllr Steven Kelly, told the Recorder that talks with the health authority back up the claims in the leaflet.

He said: “It’s not a hospital anymore, this isn’t a ‘save the hospital’ campaign, it’s about 20 per cent used at best. They will continue providing some sort of medical facility on the site but it won’t be a day hospital.”

He added: “It will take £1.5m to fix the heating. The reality is that they will develop that site.”

In 2010, NHS Havering presented a range of options for the redevelopment of the site but earlier this year it was announced that the plans had been shelved.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Feeling miserable about today’s chilly climate? These #SnowyCelebrity tweets are bound to make you chuckle.

Read more

Chris Brown has had to delay his Between The Sheets tour after a judge decided not to sign off on the travel.

Read more

Promoted content

Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea

London Hilton on Park Lane is inviting couples to celebrate this Valentines Day over a deliciously romantic afternoon tea at Podium Restaurant and Bar. Taking inspiration from the highly popular Confessions of a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea, London Hilton on Park Lane presents the ultimate romantic afternoon out with its Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea.

Established in 1987, Tucci is one of the North's premier stores for branded clothing, footwear and accessories.

Save up to 70% on designer brands for Men and Women, including G-Star, Diesel, French Connection, Firetrap and many more….our sale is now on.

Valentine's Day in London

If you’re struggling over what to buy for the special person in your life in your life, our Valentine’s Day in London section is here to help.

The iPhone maker smashed financial records and expectations when it announced its latest round of results.

14 office blocks have all been legally protected from demolition because apparently, they’re of “special interest” to the country.

Fans of cool pictures of fire – this one’s for you.

TOP Stories

Little and large: At nine stone, Nero is over 120 times Digby's weight [Photograph by RSPCA/Community Newswire]

A chihuahua puppy that was abandoned ‘frozen and shaking’ behind two rubbish bins in north London has been rescued - and is now best friends with a huge Neapolitan mastiff who is 120 times his weight.

09:59
The attackers make off with the victim's bag before a local hero steps in

Shocking CCTV shows the moment a man was mugged in a brutal east London street attack – but a have-a-go hero came to his rescue.

Table for one? New solo dining pop-up comes to London (Picture: Eenmaal)

Imagine a restaurant where there are no loved-up couples putting you off your food, no screeching groups of friends, no one asking to try your steak or boring you with their terrible chat. Just you and your meal. Sounds glorious right?

London Bloggers

Monday, December 22, 2014
Around 25 per cent of the population self-identity as having no religion yet still enjoy the fun of Christmas (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

It’s Christmas time. We know this by the light-adorned streets, the mobility hazard posed by boxes of Quality Street, Roses and Celebrations in every supermarket’s entrance and, of course, the incessant radio-plays of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
The main room at the Museum of Comedy (Pic: Steve Ullathorne)

This week I visited the Museum of Comedy located at the corner of Museum Street and Bloomsbury Way in the crypt under St George’s Church.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Bird Lovegod

I genuinely and honestly have only a slight problem when it comes to buying domain names.