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Wednesday, 30 January, 2002, 09:41 GMT
Modern hospital with Great War pride
Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup
The current hospital was built in 1974
Queen Mary's hospital in Sidcup, where a dead baby boy's body was thrown out with the laundry is a modern NHS hospital which has a history dating back to the First World War.

The present hospital was built in 1974, on the site of the wartime building, and is currently undergoing an extensive rebuilding programme.

It is part of Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust, which was established in 1993.

It serves as an acute services trust with 430 beds and 662 nursing staff.

The hospital provides services including maternity and paediatric care and an accident and emergency unit.

Queen Mary's has an impressive history. Between 1917 and 1925, when it was just a cluster of huts, the hospital carried out plastic surgery on the faces of more than 2,000 war casualties.

In last year's government ratings table, the trust was given one star - hospitals were ranked on a scale of three stars down to none.

It was given a green rating - meaning the hospital has achieved the target - on the number waiting for hospital appointments, hospital cleanliness and the number of deaths in hospital within 30 days of surgery.

It received amber - meaning it had underachieved on key targets - for the number of patients waiting on trolleys for more than 12 hours and operations cancelled on the day.

But the hospital received a red rating for not meeting the target for the number of patients waiting for more than 18 months.


New developments at today's hospital include the Elmstead Rehabilitation Unit, specialising in the continuing care of people with severe physical disability.

There are presently 130 clients in the unit. Most suffer from multiple sclerosis but a number have spinal cord injuries, and there are smaller numbers with muscular dystrophy and other chronic neurological conditions.

There is also a Newland Day Surgery Unit named after Sir Henry Newland, who was head of the Australian Section at Sidcup in WW1.

The hospital has an undergraduate centre and in recent years has taken on students from some of the London teaching hospitals as well as training students from abroad.

Much of the teaching takes place at the Frognal Centre, a purpose built medical education centre, opened in 1986.

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