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Brendan Westhoff (Health Editor), Young London News
People have been asked not to attend Northwick Park Hospital while its A&E unit moves location.
The move of the Accident and Emergency unit will occur in the early hours of Wednesday 10th December from midnight to 4am. London North West Healthcare NHS Trust are asking for the public to avoid visiting the hospital during this time.
London Ambulance Service will not transport patients to Northwick Park hospital during the time of the move, diverting them to nearby NHS Trusts.
To ensure patient safety, a press release states that: “there will be two teams of staff working during the move to ensure that patients in the existing A&E still receive treatment.”
The press release also stated that should members of public require treatment require treatment, call NHS 111 first and consider alternative locations for care.
This map displays the 24-hour units that are nearby to Northwick Park hospital, which patients can receive treatment during the departments move.
The unit is going to be transferred to a newly built £21m department located at a new site at Northwick Park hospital. The new building contains 40 individual bays which allows greater patient privacy, as opposed to large rooms with curtain partitions which the majority of hospitals use.
Talking to the Brent and Kilburn Times, department matron Nicola Wheatley said: “The new design gives patients greater privacy and dignity and allows patients to be open and honest with medical staff, without the fear of being overheard by their fellow patients.”
The opening of the new department comes following the August 2014 quality report by the Care Quality Commission, stating that the A&E department ‘requires improvement’.
The report highlighted ‘inadequate staffing levels’, that the unit was ‘consistently not meeting the four hour A&E waiting time target’ and that ‘morale was low’ amongst staff.
Northwick Park A&E department has been under pressure over recent weeks with an increased of admissions following the closure of the nearby A&E department at Central Middlesex Hospital in Park Royal.
A staff member at Northwick Park hospital, who wishes to be anonymous said: “we currently can’t cope with the number of patients coming to A&E. Hopefully things will change when the new department opens.”