The transfer of elderly inpatients from the Bolingbroke Hospital in Wandsworth to other locations is progressing well, according to senior staff at St George’s Hospital.

Of the 54 continuing care, rehabilitation and intermediate care beds previously at the Bolingbroke:

  • 27 of the 29 rehabilitation beds from the Bolingbroke have been transferred to St George’s, while two remaining specialist rehabilitation beds have been transferred to the Wolfson Centre in Wimbledon.
  • All eight of the Continuing Care patients cared for at the Bolingbroke have been offered a choice of nursing home beds. Six patients have transferred to Ronald Gibson House, a nursing home in Burntwood Lane and two have transferred to Roehampton Lodge in Barnes.
  • Of the sixteen intermediate care beds managed by Wandsworth Primary Care Trust at the Bolingbroke, eight will be transferred to Queen Mary’s Roehampton and the PCT is in negotiation with Dawes House, a nursing home based in Battersea, for provision of the remaining eight beds.

A steering group including patient and staff representatives, local GPs, Wandsworth Social Services and the Trust are in the process of drawing up proposals for the long term future of services at the Bolingbroke. Their proposals will be subject to full, public consultation.

Trust Chief Executive Peter Homa said:

“It is important to emphasise that outpatient facilities and the day hospital will continue to be provided at the Bolingbroke for the foreseeable future.

“The transfer of inpatients is going as smoothly as can be expected. We have tried hard to set out the situation as clearly as possible to Bolingbroke staff. They, in turn, have shown their usual high professional standards in dealing with understandable concerns and questions from patients, relatives and carers.

“I would also like to thank all involved from Wandsworth Council, Wandsworth PCT and all the other organisations and individuals involved for their support and understanding. Without exception, local representatives and all our partner organisations have supported the Trust during this difficult process.

“There is a serious programme of work underway to draw up plans for the long term future of care previously provided at the Bolingbroke. Our job now is to make sure we come up with the best possible long term proposals for the future of care for older people in Wandsworth, before consulting the public fully.”

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