Fears that a life-saving dialysis unit based at West Middlesex Hospital could close have been allayed following the intervention of the Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran.
Published: Friday, 19th February 2021
In his letter Cllr Curran wanted to know why the decision was made to close the unit without proper consultation with patients, community groups and the Council.
The Chief Executive at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Professor Tim Orchard responded to Cllr Curran’s letter by saying that the situation around Covid-19 had created unprecedented challenges but that every effort was being made to keep the service going until a new, larger proposed facility was built on site.
Responding to the news Cllr Curran said: “It is important now more than ever that the Council work in partnership with our NHS colleagues.
“It was clear to me that patients, their family and friends, highly valued the local service the centre provides, that is why they were so worried about its future. I was very pleased this matter was brought to my attention and I am delighted with the response from Professor Orchard, giving assurance that the dialysis unit, which is currently treating 48 residents will be able to continue at West Middlesex Hospital.
“We will work constructively with the Trust, patients and resident groups to ensure the long-term future for this service in Hounslow. It’s more important than ever that services are provided locally that meet the needs of our residents both now and for the future.