Northwick Park Hospital & Alexandra Clinic

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2678
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

There are serious worries about the crisis in local A&E services in Northwick Park Hospital. Recent statistics suggest that the A&E waiting times of over 4 hours are the second worst in London at Northwick Park. This is even before the disastrous closure of other local A&E services in neighbouring Boroughs - including closure of A & E at Central Middlesex Hospital. Alternative provision, in Harrow such as Alexandra Polyclinic has reduced its walk-in hours and locally it is difficult to get a convenient GP appointment quickly. Will you help me support Harrow Council in our efforts for a local review by lobbying Jeremy Hunt MP and increase the hours of opening at Alexandra Clinic for walk-in patients.

Answer

Answer for Northwick Park Hospital & Alexandra Clinic

Answer for Northwick Park Hospital & Alexandra Clinic

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have been informed by the NHS Trust Development Authority that A&E performance at North West London Hospitals NHS Trust (of which Northwick Park forms a part) has improved in recent weeks as a result of a range of actions overseen by the local Urgent Care Board. The purpose of Urgent Care Boards is to bring together hospitals, community services and social care to identify root causes behind poor performance and ways to improve performance.

As you may be aware, in November I wrote to Dr Anne Rainsberry, London Regional Director, NHS England in November to raise a number of points about the North West London Hospitals reconfiguration proposals which had been put to me by a delegation led by Dr Onkar Sahota. These proposals are currently being reviewed by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel and I await its decision with interest.