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Have your say on an NHS proposal to improve orthopaedic surgery in north west London

20 October 2022

Patients and local residents across north west London are being asked for their views on a proposal to create a centre of excellence for inpatient orthopaedic surgery at Central Middlesex Hospital, Park Royal.

Patients and local residents across north west London are being asked for their views on a proposal to create a centre of excellence for inpatient orthopaedic surgery at Central Middlesex Hospital, Park Royal.

The four acute NHS trusts in north west London are looking to bring together most of their routine, inpatient orthopaedic surgery, primarily hip and knee replacements.

The four acute NHS trusts in north west London include: Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

Creating a centre of excellence for inpatient orthopaedic surgery would mean that:

  • Patients would have faster and fairer access to surgery 
  • Care would be of a consistently high quality, benefitting from latest best practice and research, as well as clinical teams highly skilled in their procedures
  • Care would be provided more efficiently
  • Patients would have better outcomes and experience, with much less chance of having their operation postponed

Dr Roger Chinn, chair of the group developing the proposal and our Trust's Chief Medical Officer, said:

“We now want to share this proposal with as many patients, local residents and staff as possible to get their feedback. We know that bringing surgery together to improve waiting times and quality would mean longer travel times for some patients – we want to know if local people support this trade off and to gather more ideas on how we could make travel and access as easy as possible.”

The public consultation on the proposal begins on Wednesday 19 October 2022 and will run until Friday 20 January 2023. You can find out more and share your views at public meetings led by senior doctors, therapists and nurses, attend the drop-in sessions in hospitals and community centres, or visit the online consultation area.