Category Archives: Health

Elmers End Green – work begins on conversion of toilets

At last planning permission has been granted and work has started on the conversion of the toilets to a medical/ clinical practice.

Of course WBRA did NOT want the toilets to close, and would have preferred the building to be demolished and changed into a flower bed. But LB Bromley were adamant that it had to be sold to raise money.

WBRA are as confident as we can be that the new owners will be good neighbours and help us look after the Green. We wish them well.

Bromley Age UK Open Day

Age UK Bromley & Greenwich Community Cafe

Age UK Bromley & Greenwich are currently running a Community Café available to everyone. Its is the South Street Café located in Community House in Bromley.  
All profit from the Café is Gift Aided back to AUKBG to help fund free services for older people within the boroughs.
 They are offering WBRA members one free cup of tea if you would like to visit and check the café out.

Public awareness meetings on the Mental Capacity Act

Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are holding two patient and public awareness events on the Mental Capacity Act.  The dates are as follows:

 ·   18 November – 6:00pm – 7:30pm – Beckenham Beacon, Harry Lyne Room

·   8 December – 09:30am – 11:00am – Beckenham Beacon, Meeting Room C

The Mental Capacity Act is about empowering people to make their own decisions and also how they can make their own wishes known and respected, if they are no longer able to consent for themselves.

These could be people who may have more permanent issues related to capacity such as dementia, learning disabilities, had a stroke, brain injuries  and people who may have more temporary issues related to capacity due to mental health problems or other illnesses.

Bromley CCG has a responsibility to ensure that they commission services that offer high levels of quality and treatment.  A fundamental element of the commissioning process is that providers understand the Act, apply it to daily practice, have mechanisms in place to monitor their compliance and can demonstrate that the Act is embedded throughout the organisation.

If you would like to attend this event, please register here:


WBRA visit to Bethlem Hospital Museum

Visit to the new Museum of the Mind at Bethlem Hospital

 Bethlem talk 2

WBRA were invited to a talk on the history of Bethlem Royal Hospital and its predecessors in London. Caroline Smith, Education and Outreach Officer, gave a talk to about 25 members and friends who attended on 16 September. Bethlem Royal Hospital was founded in 1247 and was the first institution in the UK to specialise in the care of the mentally ill. The hospital continues to provide in-patient care as part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and has been at its current location on Monks Orchard Road since 1930

The Museum of the Mind has been open to the public since February 2015 in the Hospital’s former administration building. Its displays offer unparalleled resources to support learning about the history of mental healthcare and treatment. There is no charge for entry.

Bethlem museum 2

Bethlem Royal Hospital, the Maudsley Hospital and Warlingham Park Hospital, and a collection of historic objects and art, including works by former Bethlem patients such as Jonathan Martin, Richard Dadd and Louis Wain. Ms Smith gave a fascinating account of the development of mental health care in London and the south east. She told of how men and women were always separately housed but “visitors” were allowed, on payment of a donation, to see how the patients lived, which sadly but inevitably led to a voyeurism that we would frown on today.

Bethlem museum 1

We also visited an exhibition on the Home Front in WWI, and the permanent museum.

There are also regular free events at the museum including:-

7 November, 2pm – archivist Colin Gale provides an introduction to Bethlem’s ‘Criminal Lunatic’ Department on which artist Richard Dadd ws a patient.

12 November, 7 pm – Mike Jay speaks on the life of James Tilly Matthews, and signs copies of his book The Influencing Machine

28 November, 2pm – Gill Smith discusses the after-life of Bethlem’s third building as the Imperial War Museum

5 December, 10am,- Come and create your own Louis Wain Christmas Cat tree decorations to take home, and help decorate the tree in the museum. This is a free drop-in event suitable for all ages.

See the full programme on