Engagement and public meetings

The future of Ealing Hospital’s neonatal special care unit

On Wednesday 20 May 2015, the Governing Body of Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – on behalf of the eight CCGs in North West London – took the decision to set a date for the transition of maternity and interdependent services from Ealing Hospital, London. The final deliveries will take place on Wednesday 24th June 2015, and all mothers and babies are expected to be either discharged or transferred from Ealing Hospital by Wednesday 1st July 2015. Following this, patients will receive care at the neighbouring hospitals which provide a full range of maternity and special care services.

The plans are part of the Shaping a Healthier Future reconfiguration programme, which is designed to help improve NHS services for people in North West London and respond to the needs of a growing and changing population.

As a result of the CCG’s decision to set a date for the transition of maternity services from Ealing Hospital, NHS England (London) held a meeting on Monday 1st June 2015 to decide on the future of the neonatal special care unit – a service which it commissions. In line with the wider changes to maternity services at Ealing Hospital, the decision was made to redistribute its special care baby cots to align with the maternity units in North West London, with an additional two cots provided. NHS England (London) is working closely with local hospitals, neonatal transport services and CCGs to ensure a smooth transition.

The changes will ensure access to high-quality care for women, babies and their families in North West London.

You can download the papers from the meeting on 1st June 2015 from this page:

Revolutionising cancer and heart disease care for millions

On 21 October, NHS England (London) approved plans to transform specialised cancer and cardiovascular services in north and east London. The plans were developed through extensive engagement with clinicians, local stakeholders, CCGs, providers, patients and the public, setting out a new pioneering approach designed to improve care cancer and heart disease for millions of Londoners. Cancer and cardiovascular disease cause nearly two thirds of early deaths in England and Wales.

Covering a population of three million people across north and east London and west Essex, the new clinical model of care could save over 1000 lives a year by giving patients world-class care at every stage – from prevention and diagnosis, through to treatment and beyond. Evidence shows that dedicated specialist centres, treating a high volume of patients, staffed by expert teams and equipped with the latest technology and research capability save lives and reduce complications.

Based on a case for change put forward by heart disease and cancer doctors and nurses, new centres at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and University College London Hospitals respectively will act as ‘hubs’ within a comprehensive network of care including local hospitals, GPs and other community services. St Bartholomew’s Hospital will become the centre for specialist treatment of heart disease, including the largest cardiovascular surgery centre in England, the Barts Heart Centre. The proposed new centre will combine the services and staff from the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green and The Heart Hospital in the West End, along with those already running at St Bartholomew’s hospital. Bringing together cardiac services onto one site will create the world’s biggest centre of excellence for adults with congenital heart disease and the new centre will perform more heart MRI and CT scans than any other centre in the world.

Under the preferred option, University College London Hospitals, working within a system of hospitals including The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, The Royal Free and Queen’s in Romford, will become a centre for the specialist treatment of five types of cancer – brain, prostate and bladder, head and neck, oesophago-gastric and blood cancers. The Royal Free Hospital will become a centre for the specialist treatment of kidney cancer. The vast majority of other cancer services, including radiotherapy and chemotherapy for these and other cancers, will still be available in local hospitals, as they are at present.

These proposed ‘centres of excellence’ are designed to give patients the best outcomes and improve their experience of care and treatment when needed.

Further detail on the plans can be found in the meeting papers below:

The following documents are available to download:

Case for Change and supporting documents

Phase one engagement – 28 October – 4 December 2013

Phase one Commissioner Decision Meeting – 9 May 2014

Phase two engagement – 23 May – 27 June 2014