Mar 08 2012

£20.8 million for state-of-the-art A&E at Northwick Park Hospital

The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust will get £20.8 million to improve emergency services for patients in Brent, Harrow and surrounding areas, the Government announced today.

The funding will enable the Trust to build a new A&E department and urgent care centre at Northwick Park Hospital. This is subject to planning permission and formal NHS London approval following consideration of the full business case this summer.

Over the last three years the number of patients visiting A&E at Northwick Park has gone up by 30%. One of the knock-on effects has been a rise in the number of patients waiting more than four hours to be treated.

Professor Rory Shaw, the Trust’s Medical Director, said: “The new department will be big enough to care for the 139,000 patients who visit A&E and the urgent care centre every year at Northwick Park. The funding will also enable us to move the department closer to other emergency services, such as acute assessment, intensive treatment units and operating theatres.”

Northwick Park is one of many hospitals across England to receive funding for new operating theatres, A&E departments and other services, as well as new scanners and ultrasound equipment, as part of the overall £330 million allocation for England.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “I want NHS patients to get the best care and treatment. We have saved money in central capital budgets this year, which means we can spend more money on improving NHS facilities. This will mean that more patients in Brent, Harrow and surrounding areas will benefit from the latest world-class equipment.”

Source: North West London Hospitals

Postcript: The Harrow Times originally reported this as a £208 million injection of cash – both in their headline, and in the text of their story. They’ve now changed it to £20.8 million. Wishful thinking, a typo or sloppy journalism? You guess.


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