A London teaching hospital trust has lost multimillion community services contracts.
St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust lost out on health visiting and the community adult health services contracts to Central London Community Health Trust, which already provides services in neighbouring Merton and Sutton boroughs.
Wandsworth Council tendered the seven year health visiting contract, worth £51.6m, and CLCH are due to take over in January.
The community adult health services contract was tendered by Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group and the service was taken over by CLCH at the start of this month.
St George’s did not bid for the sexual health service, also now provided by CLCH, but will still run inpatient sexual health services.
St George’s was awarded the community services contract for Wandsworth in 2011 when primary care trusts were ordered to divest themselves of their community services arms as part of the transforming community services programme.
CLCH is one of two community health trusts in the area created by this process, the other being Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Trust. Services in Bromley and Kingston were spun out to independent social enterprises.
A spokeswoman for St George’s said: ”We have – and continue to – work closely with Central London Community Healthcare Trust to ensure the smooth transition of services for the benefit of patients.”
Information obtained by HSJ