Information from the Save our Hospitals website
Reorganisation of the NHS is leading to damaging changes in healthcare in Hammersmith & Fulham. Our borough’s population is rising and demand is increasing. Yet, under the planned changes, access to local emergency care will be drastically reduced.
- Charing Cross hospital as we know it will be no longer. Much of the site will be sold off to developers to pay for expansion at St Mary’s and a lesser facility on the remaining land.
- Hammersmith’s A&E will close.
- Charing Cross’s A&E will be downgraded to an ’emergency centre’ run by GPs. There will be no Emergency Medicine consultants on site. Consultants at other sites will provide advice by phone or video link.
- Because Charing Cross will no longer have a top-tier A&E, its world-class stroke unit will be moved to St Mary’s, Paddington.
- St Mary’s will become a top-tier ‘super A&E’. Major trauma and stroke care, emergency surgery and all acute beds will be located there.
- Hammersmith and Fulham will lose 300-plus acute beds. Charing Cross will have none.
- Only a few overnight beds will remain at Charing Cross. These will be limited to patients needing rehabilitation or a hospital stay of less than 24 hours.
- People who suffer a stroke or who need emergency surgery will have to be taken to St Mary’s Paddington instead of Charing Cross. For many, travel times will increase.
- Travel times for families and carers of these patients will also increase and journeys and parking will be more difficult and more expensive.
- St Mary’s and Chelsea & Westminster A&Es will have to care for more patients. Both units are already under immense strain and it is likely that waiting times will increase, especially in wintertime.
- Social services and GP surgeries will attempt to take on some of the services currently provided by hospitals. But, due to budget cuts, nobody knows how this will be achieved or funded.
- Healthcare workers involved in services that will be axed or moved will face enormous upheaval. Teams will be disrupted, and commuting will become more arduous.
- Teaching will continue at Charing Cross but the scope for learning will be reduced because of the hospital’s diminished capabilities.
To sign the Save our Hospitals petition to stop the closure of local A&Es follow this link