Feb 01 2014

Gareth Says: Northwick Park Waiting Times

gareth_thomas_headshotThe National Audit Office (NAO) has found inconsistencies in the records of NHS waiting times. In particular, North West London Hospital NHS Trust (which manages Northwick Park Hospital) has failed to record accurately the waiting times of 2,700 patients receiving planned inpatient treatment.

The NAO’s data suggests Northwick Park Hospital is under even greater pressure than we first thought and further underlines the real concerns surrounding the closure of Central Middlesex and Ealing Hospital A&E departments and the impact this could have on residents in Harrow.

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  1. Melanie

    Who is this Gareth person? I’ve never heard of him. Or seen him in Harrow….

  2. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    He’s the Minister for Standing in Front of Buildings, lol!

    He’s also the Minister who promised hundreds of millions for Northwick Park Hospital just befor his election; after he won the pledge was cancelled!

  3. Concerned Harrovian




    Quote “He’s the Minister for Standing in Front of Buildings, lol!”

    This is probably why he is interesterd in waiting times. He wants to know how long he has to stand outside Northwick Park Hospital before somebody notices him.

  4. John Clement

    New Labour introduced management by statistics, instead of management by performance, so poor performers get round it by fiddling or manipulating the statistics.True of NHS,schools & police.

  5. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    Yep, absolutely correct. If a nurse or a member of staff comes up to you within the first 5 mins of your arrival and says “Hello” you’ve technically been seen in the first 5 mins. Not much comfort whilst you then proceed to wait 4 hours for your treatment.

  6. Concerned Harrovian

    I attended A and E recently. The system worked as follows: personal details taken by receptionist, then go to triage desk where you answer questions and these are inputted into a computer programme and then you wait to see a doctor. In my case it wasn’t too bad as it was only a couple of hours.

    At one time they used to have a triage nurse who asked questions and examined you but this post seems to have been replaced by a computer programme. I do not know at what time in my visit they would have calculated the wait time. Does anybody know the answer to this question?

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