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Future of Orpington Hospital's hydrotherapy pool still being 'assessed'
ORPINGTON Hospital’s hydrotherapy pool is not due to close in the immediate future but the future of the £650,000 facility remains uncertain.
News Shopper had received reports it was due to be shut down within weeks but it appears no final decision has been made.
The pool was opened in 2003 after four years of fundraising by the Friends of Orpington Hospital, who raised more than half of the total needed.
Orpington Hospital was due to be shut down to make way for a new Health and Wellbeing Centre but following the report from the former Trust Special Administrator (TSA) Matthew Kershaw earlier this year, King’s College Hospital decided to take it over along with the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRU) in Farnborough.
They developed a business case to take over both hospitals for a three-year period and are due to formally take on responsibility on October 1.
However King’s has confirmed they are “assessing” all the services at Orpington including the pool.
A King’s spokesman said: “The TSA’s original recommendation was that Orpington Hospital should be sold following the dissolution of South London Healthcare Trust.
“It was King’s proposal, subsequently agreed by the TSA and local commissioners, that we run Orpington Hospital for an interim period of three years.
“As part of this we are assessing all of the services at Orpington Hospital, including the hydrotherapy pool.
“We understand the importance of the hydrotherapy pool to the community, however, we must ensure that all the services at the PRUH and Orpington are financially sustainable this is why we are looking at this very closely.
"This is an on-going process and no final decisions have yet been made.”
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