October 9, 2014
As many of you will be aware we are facing redevelopment at the site of the old Northwood and Pinner Cottage Hospital. Many residents will know the proud story of this First World War memorial site, which was developed as a Hospital by the community and effectively given to the NHS. It has been derelict for some years now while the NHS worked out what to do with it. Promises were made that it would be kept as a community health facility. Those promises are about to be broken.
The Hillingdon CCG has declared it surplus to requirement while they make vague plans to develop a new “hub” of services at Mount Vernon. My concern for some time is that if we do nothing it will end up as another block of flats with no financial or health benefit to the community. So I am working with community representatives, including the chairs of both Northwood and Northwood Hills Resident associations and LBH to encourage an alternative development that delivers more community value. I believe there is an opportunity to blend accommodation with medical care and help meet some of the needs of an ageing, local population. In the process we also hope to upgrade the large Northwood Health Centre at the back which serves thousands of local patients in facilities that could and should be much better. This would be another milestone in improving the facilities in the area, which I hope will have the support of residents. I serve notice that we may have to mobilise the community to put pressure on the NHS to favour a solution that benefits the community over one that generates more cash for the coffers of NHS Central. After all, if it was not for the Northwood community, the NHS would not have this asset to sell. That should be respected. I would be very interested to hear any observations from residents who can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org