Central Middlesex Hospital to loses it’s A&E in September 10
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Central Middlesex Hospital (CMH) will lose its accident and emergency department (A&E) on September 10 this year.
The unit in Acton Lane, Park Royal, has been axed as part as the controversial Shaping a Healthier Future (SAHF) plans, following a lengthy consultation and in house discussions from NHS bosses which took place in February last year.
The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust (NWLH) claims the decision takes into account the reducing number of patients using CMH A&E, difficulties with staffing the service and the growing role of the 24/7 urgent care centres used by patients.
As part of the plans, CMH will focus on planned services, such as outpatients and some surgery, as well as a 24/7 urgent care centre.
It is hoped that the extra 46 beds, opened at Northwick Park Hospital, in Watford Road, in the last financial year and the new A&E department, due to open in autumn, can cope with the added pressure following the closure.David McVittie chief executive of NWLH said: “Changes to much-loved services are never easy to talk about and these are not decisions we take lightly. He continued: “We strongly believe that Central Middlesex will continue to be a thriving local hospital, albeit a different one, looking after our local community for a long time to come.”