Hammersmith Hospital A&E

  • Councils and residents close ranks to fight 'new ploy' to close Ealing and Charing Cross Hospitals

     

     

    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.

  • Mansfield Report Meeting 23rd February 2016 at Hammersmith Town Hall

    The public packed into Hammersmith Town Hall on Tuesday evening to discuss the findings and ramifications of the Independent Healthcare Commission's report. They heard proposals to challenge the vague and uncosted NHS plans to cut A&Es and acute hospitals in NW London. This meeting was the follow-up to the publication of the Mansfield Commission's findings on 2nd December 2015.

    The Leader of the Council, Stephen Cowan, told the meeting that he had started the ball rolling to halt the controversial plans by legal means.

  • Mansfield Report Meeting - 23rd February 2016 at Hammersmith Town Hall 7.30pm

     

     

  • Rally for the NHS - Tuesday 10th March 2015 7pm Hammersmith Town Hall

     


     

     

  • A&E closures causing chaos - letter to Evening Standard Wed 15th October 2014

     

    You highlight the pressures that closing A&Es at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex hospitals put on surrounding emergency departments.

    God help us if plans to close Charing Cross A&E go ahead. Imperial NHS Trust’s management seems in chaos, with leaked internal memos detailing cuts in acute beds and a mounting deficit. It has been unable to provide a clear description of what future “emergency” care at these sites would look like. A notice on the back door at Hammersmith still advises parents to take sick kids to the now-closed Central Middlesex A&E despite a £300,000 communications campaign.

  • Closure of A&Es at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex Hospitals on 10th September 2014

    This is how GetWestLondon reported the closure of the A&Es at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex Hospitals on Wednesday 10th September.

    Three protesters staged an all-night vigil outside the A&E which was not widely reported.

    THE FIGHT FOR CHARING CROSS HOSPITAL WILL GO ON UNTIL THIS GOVERNMENT OR THE NEXT REALISES ITS CENTRAL PLACE IN OUR COMMUNITY!

     

    Campaigners devastated as Central Middlesex and Hammersmith hospitals' A&Es close

    Today the two west London hospitals lost their A&Es, leaving urgent care centres on both sites

     
     

    Protestors outside Central Middlesex hospital

    Protesters have gathered outside two west London hospitals as a final fight against the closure of their A&Es.

    The units at Central Middlesex and Hammersmith hospitals have shut today (September 10), leaving both sites with a GP led urgent care centre (UCC) open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

  • Loss of training places in acute medicine and surgery for junior doctors: Letter from an ex-registrar to Evening Standard Friday 12th September 2014

    Dr Max Gammon, accident and emergency registrar at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1978-79 wrote to the Evening Standard on Friday 12th September as folllows:

    "News of the closure of A&E departments at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex Hospitals is deeply disturbing. When I was the A&E registrar at Central Middlesex in the 1970s the department was regularly blocked solid by patients waiting for attention. Conditions today can only be worse. Apart from the inconvenience and direct danger to patients caused by the continuing closure of A&Es, there is a less obvious but even more serious threat to care quality caused by the loss of training places in acute medicine and surgery for junior doctors".

    It seems quite obvious, doesn't it? The NHS is - or should be - a "joined-up" service with medical students and junior doctors gaining experience by exposure to a wide variety of acute cases and types of surgery in Accident and Emergency departments.... but only if there ARE SOME A&E DEPARTMENTS LEFT!

     

  • Closure of A&E at Hammersmith Hospital set for 10th September 2014

    Public Board meeting of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust confirms closure on 10th September 2014

     

    The Board of Imperial College NHS Trust, meeting at Hammersmith Hospital's W12 conference centre today, Wednesday 28th May, confirmed the closure of the Accident and Emergency department at the hospital and set the date for 10th September.

    The board discussed some aspects of the staffing and training requirements for a transfer of "blue-light" patients to St Mary's, Paddington. They also discussed the implementation of a 24/7 Urgent Care Centre manned by nurse practitioners and GPs at Hammersmith. But the public was left with the impression that many details of the transfer were still to be decided. Some important matters, such as the impact of this decision on "blue-light" admissions to Charing Cross A&E, which is also facing eventual closure, were not discussed.

    Representatives from "Save Our Hospitals" flagged up at the end of the Board Meeting that the critical decision about whether to travel to a distant A&E or not will be left up to the patient/carer OR the London Ambulance Service, neither of whom are qualified to make this decision. And the extra distance will be costly for people already living in a deprived area. Finally the closure seemed to be financially driven and very poorly advertised. In an apparent sign of lingering doubt Jeremy Isaacs, a non-executive director of Imperial, reminded the Board that "the world will be watching" after September 10th.

    At the same meeting the Board heard that the financial performance of the Trust is adrift from its predictions. In particular the savings from Cost Improvement Plans were behind schedule, and expenditure on agency doctors, nurses and administrative staff were higher than expected. Overall the financial picture was not moving in the direction of satisfying Monitor that the Trust is ready to acquire Foundation status yet. But staff morale is good and the clinical outcomes continue to improve from an already very high standard.

  • Closure of A&E at Hammersmith Hospital set for 10th September 2014

    Public Board meeting of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust confirms closure on 10th September

     

    The Board of Imperial College NHS Trust, meeting at Hammersmith Hospital's W12 conference centre today, Wednesday 28th May, confirmed the closure of the Accident and Emergency department at the hospital and set the date for 10th September.

    The board discussed some aspects of the staffing and training requirements for a transfer of "blue-light" patients to St Mary's, Paddington. They also discussed the implementation of a 24/7 Urgent Care Centre manned by nurse practitioners and GPs at Hammersmith. But the public was left with the impression that many details of the transfer were still to be decided. Some important matters, such as the impact of this decision on "blue-light" admissions to Charing Cross A&E, which is also facing eventual closure, were not discussed.