Planning permission for the new Hillingdon hospital

The London Borough of Hillingdon has formally granted full planning permission to build the New Hillingdon Hospital.

This comes after the Greater London Authority gave stage two approval for the plans.

We continue to work with the New Hospital Programme to agree next steps for the business case.

To read more about the announcement, visit our website


North Connect is one of your local NHS Primary care networks (PCN) with a network of 7 local GP practices working together to enhance and deliver patient care. Primary Care Networks were established in 2019 under a five year framework which is due to be reviewed in 2024/25.

Our North Connect PCN network is led by two Clinical Directors, Dr Diviash Thakrar of Acre Surgery, and Dr Martin Hall of Devonshire Lodge Surgery and covers approximately 52,000 residents in Northwood, Northwood Hills, Eastcote, Harefield and parts of Ruislip. GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs). The North Connect member practices are Acre Surgery and Carepoint Practice (based at Northwood Health Centre), Acrefield Surgery in South Ruislip, Devonshire Lodge in Eastcote, Eastbury Practice in Northwood, The Harefield Practice and The Mountwood Surgery in Northwood.

The aim is to build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve. Since the NHS was created in 1948, the population has grown and people are living longer. Many people are living with long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease or suffer with mental health issues and may need to access their local health services more often. Our PCN has recruited a growing workforce of pharmacists, mental health workers, health and wellbeing coaches, social prescribers, physiotherapists and other clinical roles that will deliver services for patients across the neighbourhood and help them if they need to access other health or social services if needed.

So far we have held two roadshows taking health services into the community, working with our partners and offering on the day blood pressure readings, booking health checks, and letting people know about the new services available such as social prescribing and health and wellbeing coaching. Our most recent Community Roadshow was at Emmanuel Church, Northwood HA6 1AS on 5th September, where we had 482 patients from all practices within the PCN attending for health advice and check-ups, with 474 blood pressure readings completed.

Each GP practice has a Patient Participation Group (PPG) which is a group of volunteer patients who work together to improve services and patient experience. PPGs are often looking for new members and some practices have a PPG application form on their web site if you want to join. Alternatively, contact the Practice Manager at your local practice to find out how to get involved in your local PPG.

Information on your PCN as it develops will be sent out through your GP practice so watch their websites and communications for updates and information. New websites are in the process of being built so you’ll find a new and updated practice website soon.

North West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre – public engagement webinar

The proposal to bring together most routine inpatient orthopaedic surgery in north west London in a new centre of excellence at Central Middlesex Hospital has been given the go-ahead by NHS North West London. This follows a 13-week public consultation involving almost 2,000 people.

The diverse contacts and relationships made through the consultation remain central to this project’s successful delivery, and we now wish to assemble patient and carer working groups to support specific elements of the centre’s implementation.

The first of these is a transport working group. A key area raised in the public consultation was travel times, journey complexity and costs. This working group will meet to evaluate progress towards the collective goal of a transport solution that is ready and tested for the new Orthopaedic Centre opening in November 2023.

You are invited to an introductory webinar where we will provide more detail about working groups and opportunities for patient/public engagement.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday 20 June from 5.30pm – 7.00pm. You can register your interest here.

We hope to engage a diverse range of participants including, patients, carers, those facing specific challenges in accessing orthopaedic services, people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups, and at least one representative from each of the eight north west London boroughs.

Thank you and we hope to see you on the 20 June at 5.30pm.

Communications and Engagement
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Four-day junior doctors strike will start on 11 April

From 7am on Tuesday 11 April to 7am on Saturday 15 April, doctors at many NHS Trusts will be on strike, including The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. NHS services will be under a huge amount of pressure, so it is important for our residents to know where to go if they need help during this time.

Junior doctors make up almost 50% of all NHS doctors, and play a vital role in providing care for patients. During the four-day strike, hospitals will be doing everything they can to keep disruption to a minimum, prioritising patients who need urgent and emergency care.

Planned tests and hospital appointments may be changed or rearranged and we are keen to get this message out to the residents of Hillingdon.

For patients that have an appointment next week: If you have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned. The NHS will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action. Your care will not be stopped, but it may be delayed.

For non-emergency health needs, there are alternative NHS services available that can help get you the care you need:

NHS 111: Fully trained health professionals are available, 24/7, to help if you need medical help or advice, or you are unsure about whether you should go to hospital. You can contact NHS 111 online, or by calling 111.

Your GP: The majority of practices in north west London will remain open during the strike, though many will be under increased pressure. Do continue to attend your GP and dental appointments unless you have been contacted and told otherwise.

It is important that patients who do need urgent medical care still continue to come forward, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases.

By doing what you can to look after yourselves and others, and checking in on vulnerable family members and neighbours, you can help us make sure that the doctors who are on duty can provide care to patients who need it most.

Video: Message for the public about the upcoming industrial action



Communications and Engagement

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


UK Harvest

UK Harvest are a charity on a mission to Nourish Our Nation; protecting the environment by rescuing good quality food destined for landfill and educating on nutrition, cookery skills, reducing food waste in the home and more recently energy efficient cooking skills using a microwave, slow cooker and air fryer.

We are offering free money-saving, waste preventing, online cookery sessions that could benefit you.  These are fun-filled live cook-alongs on Zoom and if it isn’t possible for someone to join the online sessions, if they register then we will send them the recording of the session. We also have a range of free resources available to on our website and on our UKHarvest Youtube channel, as well as recipes such as:

Chilli Chicken Casserole Cook-along 20-3-23

Tesco Nourished (6)

Tesco Nourished (8)

This project has been funded by Tesco Community Grants and is being made available throughout the country.

Our team of professional chefs, qualified nutritionists, experienced teachers, and food waste experts have developed these sessions to be both engaging and educational.

Full details of the sessions and more information can be found now on our event page here:

The sessions coming up that could be of interest.

SESSION 2 – Cook-A-Thon Weds 29th March 10am-8pm (Live on our Youtube Channel)

There will be 2 x cook-a-long sessions and special guest talks throughout the day.

Food & Fuel Live Cook-athon (School’s Session) Tickets, Wed, Mar 29, 2023 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

Food & Fuel Live Cook-athon (Family’s Session) Tickets, Wed, Mar 29, 2023 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Topics throughout the day will include:

Food & mood – how what we eat can help to shape our day/wellbeing

Physical fitness & eating clean

Energy efficient cooking. – air fryers

Feed 4 vegan food for the family for a fiver

Shopping effectively & efficiently

Community food hubs

Cooking what we have Ready steady cook style challenge (with visiting chef)

Finishing with a loving your leftovers session – cooking with those bits leftover, being creative and preventing waste.

SESSION 3 Cook-A-Long

Cook with us Tickets, Mon 24 Apr 2023 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

kind regards,

Donna Martin
Community Engagement Manager/Fundraising

Centre of excellence for inpatient orthopaedic surgery in north-west London gets the go-ahead

The proposal to bring together most routine inpatient orthopaedic surgery in north-west London in a new centre of excellence at Central Middlesex Hospital was approved today (Tuesday 21 March) by NHS North West London, the sector’s integrated care board.

The proposal incorporates feedback from a 13-week public consultation that closed earlier this year involving almost 2,000 people.

The North-West London Acute Provider Collaborative, made up of the sector’s four acute NHS trusts, developed the proposal to improve quality and reduce long waiting times, primarily for hip and knee replacements.

As well as feedback from the public consultation, the proposal reflects feedback and guidance from the London Clinical Senate, the North-West London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Mayor of London (who commissioned the Nuffield Trust to assess the proposal against his six tests for major NHS service change). The proposal is set out in a ‘decision making business case’ that has been published on the Collaborative website,

Please go to our Trust news channel for the full report.

Communications and Engagement
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Childhood Immunisation Catch Up Campaign

We all want to keep children safe and protected from serious illness. This is why we are asking you to support a focus on imploring parents in the community to make sure their child is up to date on their routine vaccinations.

Vaccination rates have been falling in London, which was further exacerbated during the pandemic. We need to maintain a high level of vaccine uptake across the population to reduce the risk of outbreaks and the potentially serious impacts on children’s health.

MMR is a key vaccination programme that has reduced the spread of measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) which can develop into life-threatening illnesses such as meningitis and pneumonia.

Any children in London who are not up to date with their routine vaccinations can get a catch-up dose via their GP to ensure they are fully protected.
Continue reading “Childhood Immunisation Catch Up Campaign”

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