Fears over long-term future of St Mary’s Hospital

14:00 09 February 2012

St Mary

St Mary's Hospital in Paddington could be under threat

Archant

St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington could be forced to close after its commissioning body released radical plans for the future of the area’s hospitals.

NHS North West London (NHS NWL), which commissions healthcare in eight boroughs including Westminster, has released a report painting a damning picture of the area’s healthcare.

The report, Shaping A Healthier Future, says more money should be spent on local community health services and less on hospitals.

On Monday NHS NWL medical director Mark Spencer said the future would see fewer hospitals that are larger and more specialised.

Asked if hospitals would have to close, he replied: “Almost certainly. Some of them will continue as diagnostic and outpatient facilities, but it’s likely some of them won’t have hospital beds in them as they do now.”

The report says the changes are “about saving lives, not money” but concedes £1billion needs to be slashed from budgets by 2014/15.

The plans do not reveal which hospitals would be worst affected, but show that Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs St Mary’s, has a £19million deficit – the largest of any NHS trust in the area.

An NHS NWL spokeswoman said: “If we are to maintain and improve good quality care for patients in the future in north west London, hospitals will have to change.

“Nevertheless it is not anticipated that any hospital site will cease to offer services. Where possible care will be kept local, but it may make sense to bring some services together and specialise.”

The report says NHS buildings in north west London are generally in a poor stateand “patient experience is generally poor”.

It also reveals “many staff would not be comfortable sending their own relatives to hospitals in north west London”.

Cllr Barrie Taylor, who sits on the council’s health scrutiny committee, said: “People should realise that there will be serious outcomes to this and I have no doubt that local people will want to keep St Mary’s. NHS NWL has got to prove that anything it changes is going to be improved.

“We can’t just assume and accept that they have to make cuts.”

An Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust spokeswoman said the process is in the early stages and any changes will need to show the benefits to patients.

She added that the trust hopes to break even financially by next year.

The report’s proposals will form the basis of a public consultation starting in June.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London Health news

The sexual health clinic on Dean Street mistakenly sent out sensitive data  (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images)

A major London sexual health centre mistakenly revealed the email addresses of almost 800 HIV clinic patients yesterday - and could be facing a fine of half a million pounds for the “hugely invasive breach of privacy”.

Polish people are donating blood to say thank you for the opportunities they have  to work and study in the UK (Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Polish people in London are fighting against discrimination by going on strike outside of Parliament - and donating blood to the NHS.

Eating disorder survivor Jae West invited passing Londoners and tourists to draw hearts on her body (Picture: YouTube)

Eating disorder survivor Jae West stood in her underwear at Piccadilly Circus and asked passersby to draw a heart on her body ‘to support self acceptance’.

It might be called Fine Foods but according to health inspectors this store in Harlesden is one of the dirtiest in the country. (Pic credit: Angela Blake)

If you live in Greenwich, Harlesden, Southall or Highgate, you might, because these neighbourhoods all have shops that feature on a ‘shame list’ of England’s dirtiest premises.

£1.5 billion worth of food is wasted in London every year (Picture: Just Eat It/Peg Leg films)

New London app OLIO lets you share surplus food in your kitchen with neighbours and get delicious cupcakes, salads and dishes in return - almost all for free. London24 spoke to founder Tessa Cook about the app and the ideology behind it.

The hearing took place in the Family Division of the High Court (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Three girls aged 12, nine and six have been made the subject of a landmark court order to protect them from being ‘cut’.

Ecstasy is at its highest level of use in 10 years (DEA)

The proportion of young people taking ecstasy has soared to the highest level for more than a decade, official figures have shown.

Lewisham Hospital (Picture: PA Images)

A woman from south-east London broke her elbow, went to A&E in Lewisham and then wrote this heartwarming ‘complaint’ letter to NHS staff about her time in hospital.

The Royal Free's air conditioning may have accidently been pumping out hot air instead of cold

Sick and elderly patients said they suffered “sauna-like” conditions while being treated for life-threatening illnesses at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead after air conditioning units stopped working yesterday.

Cancer survivor Luna Caden, seven, admires the double helix sculptures

Did you know we share 90 per cent of our genes with a mouse? London now has a DNA inspired art trail which features sculptures by Ai WeiWei and Ted Baker and will raise money for a huge medical research centre.

Condoms are one way of protecting yourself from Chlamydia

Hackney has come out on top for having the most young people with Chlamydia according to a report revealing the growing number of sexually-transmitted infections (STI) in London.

You could end up in hospital if your jeans are too tight (Picture: Claude Truong-Ngoc)

First it was simple hipster mockery, then threats of imprisonment from Isis; now the skinny jeans wearer is facing yet more menace - severe nerve damage.

Would you want to eat anything that had been on these shelves?

The Holloway branch of Poundland has been fined over £12,000 after signs of “widespread rodent activity” were found by Council health officers - including on food shelves.

Maida Vale councillor Rita Begum with Ashley Theophane at the protest (Pic credit: Twitter@cllrritab)

A former British boxing champion flew in from Las Vegas and threw his support behind a fight to stop a sports centre from being demolished in Queen’s Park.

Library photograph of a baby [Photograph courtesy of Beth/Wikipedia Commons]

A woman is fighting a legal battle to use her dead daughter’s frozen eggs to become pregnant with her own grandchild - in a situation that would be a world-first.

Pigeons carry diseases like Chiamdiosis, similar to flu, and Psittacosis, similar to pneumonia  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

A paramedic rushed to the aid of what he believed was a collapsed woman in Southall only to find a dying pigeon.

The London to Dubai plane was forced to turn around (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano has hit out at Heathrow Airport security staff after they confiscated breast milk she had pumped for her young baby.

We previously ran an appeal asking the public to report any sightings of Joshua Packman, a young man who was receiving treatment at a mental health unit in Enfield.

Some of the food Chicken Town will offer (Pic: Kickstarter/Chicken Town)

Chicken-loving youngsters in a deprived borough of north London may soon be able to buy healthy fried chicken, if two restaurateurs get the start-up capital they need.

Whitechapel High Street has more unhealthy businesses next door to one another than anywhere else in London (Pic: Getty Images)

A Whitechapel street has won the dubious title of unhealthiest high street in London, according to a public health body.

17:38pm Wharfdale Road looking towards York Way

Angry neighbours complain about traffic chaos

A teenager was stabbed in the bottom near the Emirates, minutes before Arsenal's Champions league game against Monaco

Knife attack - just prior to Champions League game - fifth in borough this month

Abhishek Varma with the bottle of apple juice

Would you drink a bottle of apple juice if you found fungi floating at the top of it?

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena has been found not guilty of carrying out FGM [Photograph by Jonathan Brady/PA Wire]

The first person in Britain to go on trial for female genital mutilation has been found not guilty.

Pauline Cafferkey, a British nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola on her return from Sierra Leone (Handout/PA Wire)

There are grave concerns for the British nurse who is critical with Ebola after her condition deteriorated over the past few days.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Read more
Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more