North Middlesex Hospital NHS trust's CEO 'delighted' with Chase Farm Hospital decision (From Enfield Independent)
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CEO of North Middlesex Hospital NHS trust is 'delighted' with the decision to close Chase Farm Hospital's accident and emergency and maternity wards
North Middlesex University Hospital has welcomed the decision to close key services at Chase Farm Hospital in November.
The decision made by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Commissioning Groups on Wednesday, September 25, will see an increase of about around 25,000 patients attending the Edmonton hospital’s accident and emergency ward each year.
This will result in the hospital in Sterling Way, Edmonton, becoming one of the largest A&E wards in the capital with a total of 175,000 people coming through the doors every year.
As well as the closure of the A&E ward, the maternity unit at Chase Farm in The Ridgeway, Enfield, will also be closed on November 15, leading to an expected 1,800 more births per year at North Middlesex.
North Mid’s NHS Trust chief executive, Julie Lowe said: "We are delighted with the decision. It's great news for local people. At North Middlesex we will be able to provide fantastic new services including a new women's and children's unit, new birthing pools, a new neonatal unit, more surgical and medical wards and three additional intensive care beds.
"We are already recruiting nearly 450 additional doctors and nurses to provide the new services and together with existing staff they will be able to provide more specialist care every day of the year for patients, with more consultant cover including at weekends.
"It's excellent for local people, for our dedicated staff, and for the North Middlesex University Hospital. It's a once in a lifetime change that will help establish our role as the local hospital for Enfield, the east of Haringey and beyond."
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