The long-term future of Ealing Hospital has been a topic of discussion and speculation for some time now.
Media coverage and campaign groups have suggested that the hospital is due to close under recently published plans, referring to the North West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
We want to reassure our staff, patients, partners and residents that Ealing Hospital is NOT closing and there will be no immediate changes to the services it provides.
While Ealing Hospital will undergo transformation to a new-style local hospital, these changes will take place over the next 3-5 years following extensive engagement.
As previously described the proposed changes are based on providing services at Ealing Hospital that most people use most often, such as outpatients, minor procedures, diagnostics and urgent care for less serious cases. Proposed new services such as a frail elderly service and extended ambulatory care pathways will also be introduced. This is NOT about money.
We are working with partners to ensure the necessary investment is in place to allow the service changes to take place in a safe and sustainable way. We have been clear from the start that improved out-of-hospital and preventative care must be in place before any service changes take place at Ealing Hospital.
We are very much at the beginning of this process and there remains a lot of work ahead. In the coming months we will be engaging with our staff, patients, partners and local residents in order to develop exactly what Ealing Hospital will look like in the future.