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, www.nwl-acute-provider-collaborative.nhs.uk/publications.
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The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust