Update on NHS proposal to improve orthopaedic surgery in north-west London

Almost 2,000 patients and local people have taken part in a 14-week public consultation on a proposal to develop a centre of excellence for inpatient orthopaedic surgery at Central Middlesex Hospital, Park Royal.

The North-West London Acute provider Collaborative, made up of the four acute NHS trusts in north-west London have proposed bringing together most of their routine, inpatient orthopaedic surgery – primarily hip and knee replacements – into a dedicated site completely separated from emergency care services.

The trusts, in partnership with the integrated care board for North-West London, have been inviting patients and the public to share their views on this proposal during the consultation period, which closed on 20 January 2023. An evaluation of the responses written by the independent research agency Verve Communications has been published and will now be used to inform next steps.

A total of 1,959 people participated in the consultation. Overall, participants thought that the proposal for an elective orthopaedic centre for most routine surgery was a good idea and hoped that it would help to reduce waiting times for patients, while there were some people who would prefer to have all their treatment at their local hospitals for convenience.

The consultation report is available online or, on request from the trusts, in a range of accessible formats, provides a detailed breakdown of the consultation activities and feedback, including by borough.

Communications and Engagement
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust