Safe in our hands
Chelsea and Westminster to remain as major and local hospital with full A&E
Commissioners have agreed that Chelsea and Westminster Hospital will be one of five major acute hospitals as part of a reconfiguration of healthcare services across North West London.
The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts (JCPCT)—which consists of North West London PCTs, Camden PCT, Richmond PCT and Wandsworth PCT—voted on Tuesday 19 February to go ahead with Option A following a meeting held in public on NHS North West London's Shaping a healthier future recommendations.
Proceeding with Option A means Chelsea and Westminster Hospital will continue as both a major and local hospital with a full 24/7 A&E department with emergency surgery. It also enables the hospital to provide a comprehensive service to patients including the delivery of complex medicine and surgery, intensive care beds, maternity unit, inpatient paediatric services, urgent care centre, outpatients and diagnostic services.
As well as Chelsea and Westminster, the other four major hospitals in North West London will be Northwick Park Hospital, Hillingdon Hospital, West Middlesex University Hospital, and St Mary's Hospital.
The JCPCT agreed with all 13 recommendations on the future of health services including investing more than £190m on out-of-hospital care. More details on the decision can be found on Shaping a healthier future website. The final report and recommendations are also available.
The reconfiguration plans will be developed over the next five years.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our ‘Safe in our hands’ campaign. The results of the public consultation were announced on 28 November 2012—63% of people who responded to the consultation supported Option A. That figure rose to 83% with your responses and demonstrates the difference you made.
What happens now
Ealing Council's health and adult social services scrutiny panel has referred the decision to the Secretary of State for Health. Jeremy Hunt has already confirmed to the House of Commons that, if the decision was referred to him, he would seek a review from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP), which provides advice to the Health Secretary on contested proposals to changes to NHS services in England.