Ravenscourt Park Hospital Thought To Be NHS Crown Jewel To Close

by Rajshri on  August 30, 2006 at 10:14 AM Hospital News
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Ravenscourt Park Hospital Thought To Be NHS Crown Jewel To Close
Ravenscourt Park Hospital, which was described as being one of the crown jewels in NHS, is to be closed for the lack of patients. Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust acquired the hospital on a lease in 2002.

At that time ministers had predicted that the hospital had a great future in elective surgery. Ravenscourt Park, which had six theatres and 105 beds, was revamped at a cost of £14 million to help to cut waiting lists for operations. But there were no patients to make it work.

Only 18,500 operations have been conducted since 2002 at the hospital, an average of about 4,500 a year. The hospital needed to to treat 11,000 to 12,000 patients a year in order to be financially viable. The Patient and Public Involvement Forum at the trust has protested against the closure.

Derek Smith, the trust's chief executive said, "There will be no loss of services as a result of the transfer, and patients will also be able to choose to be treated for straightforward procedures at other West London hospitals near to where they live."

Source: Medindia

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guest Thursday, September 7, 2006

what a shame what is going to happen to the staff at the hospital another set of people willing to work to start getting paid by tax payer i think the government should step in and keep the hospital opened. once there was shortage of nurse now there is toomuch nurse they are out of jobed

guest Wednesday, September 6, 2006

I too am appalled at the decision to close Ravenscourt Park Hospital, I recently had my right knee joint replaced as an NHS patient, and the care I received was superb ,the cleanliness was top class, as was the food . The approach of all staff was beyond reproach and all seemed very happy working there ! I was happy to have been paying for this top class service for the last fifty years !

guest Saturday, September 2, 2006

Having recently had a hip replaced at Ravenscourt Park hospital, and having enjoyed the kind of care and concern that should be universal in NHS hospitals I am appalled to hear of the closure of this hospital. I simply do not believe that sufficient patients cannot be found for the hospital. They would be found if there was joined up thinking in NHS hospitals nation wide. If we can ship patients to France to cut waiting lists, we can do it within the UK. The failure is entirely down to unimaginative administration.

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