Charing Cross hospital



    Four hundred people came to Hammersmith Town Hall on a cold Tuesday night (29th November) to hear about the fight against NHS proposals which will force the closure of Ealing and Charing Cross Hospitals.

    Health services in the north west of London are already stretched after "Shaping a Healthier Future" (SaHF) plans (2012) resulted in the closure of Hammersmith and Central Middlesex Hospitals’ A&E departments in September 2014. Ealing lost its maternity unit in 2015 and its children's ward last June.

    In June 2016 local authorities in England were being asked to sign up to Sustainability and Transformation Plans ("STPs") but Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham Councils have refused to do so, saying that this would see the end of their hospitals as major providers of vitally needed blue-light A&Es and acute beds.

    The meeting was chaired by Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Vivienne Lukey, cabinet member for health and adult social care.

    Chair Anne Drinkell reports on the local Rally for the NHS

    It was literally standing room only as over 550 people packed in Hammersmith Town Hall on Tuesday, 10th March 2015 to hear a wide range of speakers passionate in their defence of London's NHS.

    Dr Sandhu, a consultant at Ealing hospital, attacked politicians who are unprepared to acknowledge that there is an A&E crisis, despite the concrete evidence of local ambulance, waiting and transfer time statistics. And this was a mild winter with no flu or outbreaks of infectious diseases to close hospital wards...

    Andy Slaughter, the Hammersmith MP, acknowledged that the statistics were terrible, then went beyond the numbers to describe the human misery he hears about from elderly constituents faced with long A&E waits. He defended staunchly Charing Cross hospital, with its excellent acute service particularly for stroke patients and its medical teaching. And it is a young hospital, built only 40 years ago.

    Dr Louise Irvine reminded the packed audience of the successful campaign she has led for Lewisham hospital and urged people in North West London to mount a similar campaign to defend their hospitals. She also emphasized that the shadowy Transatlantic Trade and Investment "Partnership" represents a long-term threat to the NHS from neo-liberal, multinational corporate predators.

    The platform also included Owen Jones columnist and political commentator whose speech was filled with reason and emotion, Dr Jacky Turner, an East End GP fighting to retain adequate GP coverage in the face of adverse changes in poorer areas to the funding formula for GP surgeries, and Dr Jillian Creasey, the national health spokesperson for the Green Party".

    Supporters who weren't able to attend the meeting can go to YouTube to hear the speeches by Owen Jones; Dr Sandhu and Andy Slaughter.

    The rally was organised by Save Our Hospitals campaigners fighting to save Charing Cross and Ealing hospitals along with the London branch of Keep Our NHS Public.








    The Care Quality Commission criticised some of the care and conditions at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary's Hospitals.


    The launch of the independent Commission on the future of our A&Es is a good time to reflect on the work Hammersmith and Fulham’s Labour council has done to protect the local health service. A key aspect of the May 2014 election campaign was anger over the previous Conservative administration’s decision to support the effective removal of both A&Es in the borough and the sale of most of the Charing Cross site to developers for conversion into luxury flats.

  • Dr Mark Spencer seems to be speaking out of turn as Imperial College Trust immediately deny plans for Charing Cross tower block in a News item on their website.

    Response to the Evening Standard article regarding the development of Charing Cross Hospital - 24 November 2014


    Sell-off plans: Charing Cross hospital

    Sell-off plans: Charing Cross hospital


    At the AGM of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust on Wednesday 24th September at Porchester Hall, Porchester Road W2 starting at 18.00

    The sale of a large part of the Charing Cross hospital site is the only way to avoid using a “disastrous” PFI deal to fund rebuilding plans, campaigners have been told.

    In angry scenes, Sir Richard Sykes, chairman of Imperial College NHS trust, said there was a pressing need to upgrade its sister hospital, St Mary’s, and convert Charing Cross into an outpatient day surgery hospital.

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    Save Our Hospital members protest in eccentric costumes on April Fools' Day

    Campaigners wear silly outfits to highlight this serious cause

    ‘Don’t fool with our NHS’ was the message from hospital campaigners who dressed up in silly outfits on April Fools’ Day.

    Members of Save Our Hospitals protested in eccentric costumes, including Father Christmas and handmade designs, outside Charing Cross Hospital today but their message was serious.

    The campaign continues to fight against NHS proposals to close A&Es and cut services at Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Ealing and Central Middlesex hospitals.

    Desiree Cranenburgh, who has worked in social services for 40 years, said: “This is April Fools’ Day but this is not a time to fool about with our health. It’s serious. We need to get together as a community and help save our local health care.

    “Our main thing is getting the patient voice heard, lots of us are patients and carers.

    “We’re a growing group, we have tables in Chiswick, Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith. We’re still getting support. People still come to us because they can’t believe anyone would want to close a hospital down.”



    A message from Carlo Nero, Chair ofSave our Hospitals

    Dear Save Our Hospitals Supporter,
    Yesterday I received a call from Marcus Ginn, Council cabinet member for Community Care, informing me the council would announce a deal they’ve made with NHS NW London at the JHOSC (Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee) meeting last night. They’re accepting Option ‘A’ but with a special deal for Charing Cross. They claim “a polyclinic would end up on the site otherwise”.  

    The deal effectively means that Charing Cross will be transformed from being a “Major Hospital” into a “Specialist Health and Social Care Hospital”. This is an entirely new concept and was not part of the consultation: it appears to be some form of Urgent Care Centre or small, local hospital.

    • £90 million will allegedly be spent in creating a new Hospital with an area of 16,500ft²  and consisting of 60 beds, Diagnostics, Cancer Treatment, Sexual Health, Mental Health and Care for the Elderly.
    • There will be an “innovative” Out of Hospital Strategy so that people can return more quickly to their homes and a 24-Hour Urgent Care Centre. 
    • 70% of current volume will still go to Charing Cross while 30% will go to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital who plan to dramatically increase their A&E unit and remodel the hospital around it.