Harrow West MP, Gareth Thomas, calls for Alexandra Avenue Polyclinic to be reopened

Harrow Times: Gareth Thomas MP believes that reopening the clinic would reduce pressure on Northwick Park's A&E Gareth Thomas MP believes that reopening the clinic would reduce pressure on Northwick Park's A&E

The MP for Harrow West has called for the reopening of Alexandra Avenue Polyclinic.

Gareth Thomas used a debate in the House of Commons to call on the new GP-led Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group to consider reopening the clinic to reduce the pressure on Northwick Park Hospital.

Speaking during a debate about accident and emergency services, Mr Thomas noted the growing number of patients at Northwick Park's A&E unit who have to wait more than four hours for treatment.

Mr Thomas called for the walk-in clinic to be reopened, claiming that the number of people attending Northwick Park’s A&E unit increased by 20 per cent last year.

The polyclinic used to be open from 8am until 8pm every day of the year and patients were usually seen by a doctor or nurse within 15 minutes.

Last year the service was changed so that it was only open from 9am until 3pm at weekends and Mr Thomas claims this has caused a rise in the number of people attending Northwick Park’s A&E.

Mr Thomas said: “I hope local doctors will recognise that one of the ways to reduce pressure on Northwick Park is to reopen what was a popular and well all-year-round service.

“With the Government determined to close A&E departments across London, many of which are in North London, the pressure on Northwick Park is only going to grow.

“Sensible measures to increase community services are urgently needed to reduce that pressure.”

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6:14pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Cllr Husain Akhtar says...

Gareth is right to ask for more medical facilities.
A&E situation is very concerning indeed. For example, the function of the A&E at Central Middlesex has been systematically reduced - e.g. closed at night - and in practice the A&E at CM seems to be dealing only with the sort of emergencies (low level emergencies) that a GP could deal with while other A&E emergencies are referred to the A&Es in other hospitals like Northwick or St Marys. All this has serious implications for the Northwick A&E due to the increased pressure.
Gareth is right to ask for more medical facilities. A&E situation is very concerning indeed. For example, the function of the A&E at Central Middlesex has been systematically reduced - e.g. closed at night - and in practice the A&E at CM seems to be dealing only with the sort of emergencies (low level emergencies) that a GP could deal with while other A&E emergencies are referred to the A&Es in other hospitals like Northwick or St Marys. All this has serious implications for the Northwick A&E due to the increased pressure. Cllr Husain Akhtar
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10:35am Thu 14 Feb 13

Harrow Rani says...

Perhaps if we didn't continue to throw up housing developments at everypossible site in Harrow without providing the infastructure to support it like more GP surgeries and schools then ofcourse, these additions to our Borough are likely to have to use A&E facilities for medical attention. It's really not rocket science.
Perhaps if we didn't continue to throw up housing developments at everypossible site in Harrow without providing the infastructure to support it like more GP surgeries and schools then ofcourse, these additions to our Borough are likely to have to use A&E facilities for medical attention. It's really not rocket science. Harrow Rani
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3:34pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Ronald Bunce says...

Harrow Rani, I think you're missing the point. The Alexandra Avenue Polyclinic was built to provide the exact sort of infrastructure you're talking about. It was then closed, putting more strain elsewhere. It's really not rocket science.
Harrow Rani, I think you're missing the point. The Alexandra Avenue Polyclinic was built to provide the exact sort of infrastructure you're talking about. It was then closed, putting more strain elsewhere. It's really not rocket science. Ronald Bunce
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3:38pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Harrow Rani says...

Roanld Bunce - i didnt miss the point. I was responding ot Cllr Akhter's comment. All areas within the Borough of Harrow should have access to such a service and not have to rely on A&E as an only option!
Roanld Bunce - i didnt miss the point. I was responding ot Cllr Akhter's comment. All areas within the Borough of Harrow should have access to such a service and not have to rely on A&E as an only option! Harrow Rani
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