HC Deb 04 July 1978 vol 953 cc148-9W
Mr. Stanbrook

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the physical condition of Orpington hospital; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Moyle

Much of the fabric at Orpington hospital is unsatisfactory. The most pressing need is to replace those beds and services occupying hutted accommodation erected in 1914. The construction of this accommodation will form the first phase of the development of the hospital to include about 300 beds residential accommodation, a kitchen to serve both patients and staff, a staff restaurant and staff changing facilities.

In order to permit demolition of the present buildings and the erection of the new accommodation, certain wards and departments will need to be temporarily transferred. The regional health authority envisages a start on site late in 1979 or early 1980.