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01.03.2020

£5m to boost Imperial Trust’s plans for redevelopment

24th Feb 2020

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has been awarded £5m of Health Infrastructure Plan funding from the Department for Health and Social Care to progress its planning for major redevelopment and refurbishment at its St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith/Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea sites.

This funding follows the news last year that the Trust would be included in the second phase of the Government’s Health Infrastructure Plan – a rolling, five-year programme of investing in new hospitals, modernising estate and introducing new technology.

The £5m of initial ‘seed-funding’ will help the Trust develop business cases and plans for its own multi-phased redevelopment programme. This holistic approach to its estate means the Trust can ensure it supports changes in care and support required by its local population across central and west London, as well as by patients regionally, nationally and internationally who can benefit from its specialist services, research and innovation.

The first phase will be a full redevelopment of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, reflecting where need is most pressing as well as opportunities linked to wider regeneration of the area. St Mary’s will continue to be one of four major trauma centres for London and a hub for research, innovation and education. Charing Cross will also continue to have a full A&E and, Hammersmith/Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea, a focus on specialist services. The aim continues to be for the services at Western Eye Hospital to be incorporated into one of the Trust’s other hospital sites. There will be at least the same number of inpatient beds at each site.

The Trust is beginning work with its NHS and local authority partners to create a shared vision with local communities and patients for the future, including developing facilities for genuinely integrated care and support.

Chief executive, Professor Tim Orchard, said: “Our inclusion in the Health Infrastructure Plan is a major boost for the much needed redevelopment of our estate. We are making good progress on plans for a major new teaching hospital at St Mary’s as well as significant refurbishment and development at our Charing Cross and Hammersmith sites. This opportunity will help us deliver the benefits for our local population, patients and staff much more quickly.”

The seed funding will also help support the expansion of engagement and involvement activities with our patients, local communities and other stakeholders and we will continue to work closely with key partners Imperial Health Charity and Imperial College who own land on the wider St Mary’s campus.
 

More women getting tested as H&F GPs win major cervical screening award

Local GPs have won a national award for their work to encourage women in Hammersmith & Fulham to have a regular cervical screening, also known as a smear test.

Their encouragement worked wonders. After 26 out of 29 local practices combined forces to promote the tests, almost 1,000 residents attended a cervical screening appointment.

“Screening can prevent cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells, leading to treatment before cancer develops,” said Cllr Ben Coleman, H&F Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

The top prize from charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

“So it’s great that thanks to our local GPs’ hard work, more residents are deciding to get tested – and I hope more still will want to do so.”

The borough’s GP Federation received the top prize from charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity.

Cervical screening provides the best protection against cervical cancer. To get a screening, please contact your local GP.

 

Screening

As part of the winning campaign, local GPs delivered cervical screening clinics at practices easily accessible by public transport and in areas requiring specific attention, such as those with lowest uptake or particularly deprived areas.

The team proactively reached out to women who were overdue cervical screening to encourage them to book an appointment.

In addition, dedicated clinics were held at accessible times such as evenings and weekends. The team also designed a video to publicise the service.

 

Video: Cervical screening campaign in Hammersmith & Fulham

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Delighted

Caroline Durack, director of operations at Hammersmith & Fulham GP Federation, said: “We are delighted to have received the national award in recognition of our proactive service, which not only supports improved access to cervical screening but raises patient awareness of why this test is so important for cervical cancer prevention.”

Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “I hope that their work encourages others to invest in prevention campaigns.”

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s only dedicated charity offering support and information to women of all ages and their loved ones affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Call their national helpline on 0808 802 8000 or visit the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website.

Hammersmith & Fulham previously had one of the lowest uptake rates for cervical screening in England, with just over half of eligible women making appointments in 2019.

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