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Hospital revamp approved

REDEVELOPMENT plans for Beckenham Hospital have been given the thumbs-up.

Bromley NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT) held a special meeting last week to approve a scheme worth about £40m for transferring the Beckenham site to a Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT).

A Bromley PCT report states a "major capital scheme" is needed because most of the buildings are in "poor condition" and use space "inefficiently".

It adds services on the site will need enhancing when acute services are transferred from Bromley Hospital to the new Farnborough Hospital.

And Beckenham Clinic, together with two local doctors' practices, could be transferred to the Beckenham site.

Plans also include the establishment of a nurse-led minor injuries unit at the site.

LIFT project director Michael Clarke said: "The PCT in essence is taking out a mortgage on the new buildings but we only have to pay back 60 per cent to the private sector."

Maria Goldenberg, chairman of Bromley Care Protection Group, called for public consultation on the project.

She said: "LIFT has always been shrouded in mystery. We need more clarity as to what will happen in Beckenham."

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