September 18, 2017
Progress at last.
As you may recall, I have been pressing the NHS for ages to redevelop this decaying site in a way that respects the past and retains community health facilities. I have been now assured that their preference is to move ahead with a redevelopment that will move the existing Northwood Health Centre into the main hospital site and upgrade it. The rest of the site would be new residential. The intention is to start discussions with Hillingdon Planning before the end of the year.
My own preference would be for the new residential accommodation to include an element of sheltered/extra care accommodation because I think we will need it. However, I would be very interested in a community view on this.
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.
Northwood and Pinner Cottage Hospital was built as a war memorial and opened in 1920.
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