Children's Inpatient Services to Close at Ealing Hospital

Local MP says he's appalled to hear news

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Ealing MP, Virendra Sharma, has received formal confirmation that inpatient services for children will end by next summer.

Mr Sharma asked the Secretary of State for Health what plans his department had for the local Children’s unit, and received the answer that current services would end on the 30th June 2016.

Mr Sharma MP said:

“Over the seven years I have been the MP here I have countless times helped raise money to improve the local children’s ward. Within the last few years the local community have raised money for a special play area on the roof of the hospital, and I am now appalled to discover that this time and energy has been wasted.

''This heartless Tory government are closing a popular local service, and moving the care of our community’s children further from their homes. I am outraged that this has been done with so little local consultation, and against the wishes of residents.''

A spokesperson for the Shaping a Healthier Future programme said:

"Paediatric inpatient services at Ealing Hospital are due to close at the end of June 2016, although the majority of paediatric activity will remain at Ealing Hospital and elsewhere in the borough.

"All out-patient services, including day-case, those for children with additional needs, child and adolescent mental health services will continue unchanged. There will also be enhancements to some of these services, as well as the introduction of a new seven-day-a-week Rapid Access Clinic to enable same-day specialist paediatric consultation.

"There are also plans to keep both children's wards at Ealing Hospital in use - the outpatients ward has already moved to another area of the building and the day unit will move to the vacated inpatient unit - so local people can be assured that any charitable funds they have generously raised will continue to be used for local children.

"The closure of paediatric inpatient services at Ealing Hospital was consulted on as part of the on-going Shaping a Healthier Future programme, and a decision about the timing was made earlier this year in public.

"To ensure that patients receive the best possible care, seven days-a-week, units need to be staffed properly, and this can be done by concentrating in-patient paediatric care into a smaller number of units.

"Between now and next year, we will be doing a lot of work to help inform the public of the changes to paediatric services and advise them of where they can access paediatric care once they have come into effect."




27th July 2015