The London Borough of Hounslow approved new clinical facilities at the West Middlesex University Hospital, Isleworth, at the meeting on 12 January 2023.
The proposal was to demolish existing buildings and structures and the erection of a five-storey Ambulatory Diagnostic Centre (ADC), including plant enclosure, associated vehicular and cycle parking, landscaping, and associated infrastructure.
The ADC would accommodate state-of-the-art clinical and educational healthcare services. These services would include diagnostic imaging (e.g., MRI, CT X-Ray); oncology day-care; renal dialysis and training and education.
Lesley Watts CBE, chief executive of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“I am delighted that our plans for the Ambulatory Diagnostic Centre at West Middlesex hospital have taken an important step forward. The new centre will give local people faster access to tests and treatments closer to home while reducing pressure on urgent care services at the main hospital. It will play a vital role in transforming health outcomes for people in Hounslow, Richmond and Ealing.”
The new £73 million investment is the largest capital project the Trust has ever run, including a £15 million capital grant from NHS England. It recognises the growing population’s demand and the need for new services. The establishment of the ADC will also result in the release of space in the main hospital building to enable the hospital to modernise and expand critical services such as A&E.
The centre will include a modern education facility, which will improve the skills and knowledge of the staff. The development will help future-proof staff recruitment and retention within the local community.
The centre will support outpatient care and offer day services for patients, opening approximately 12 hours daily, six days a week.
Construction work is due to start in the summer of 2023 and aims to be complete by the end of 2025.
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