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Huge A&E expansion due to be ratified by Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust board
A huge expansion of departments at Barnet General Hospital - including accident and emergency and maternity wards – is due to be ratified later this month.
The project involves the Wellhouse Lane hospital taking on the A&E department from Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, which will be closed despite campaigns from protestors.
Maternity services will also be moved from Chase Farm to Barnet and North Middlesex hospitals as part of the project, costing £115million.
Barnet General will receive additional consultants, nurses and a CT scanner at its A&E department, while consultant cover in the maternity ward will rise to 98 hours per week.
The changes were approved by board members at a meeting on Friday, though final timings for the changes will be decided at a further meeting on September 25.
The board agreed unanimously agreed on Friday that it believes the trust has demonstrated it is ready to proceed with changes to A&E, paediatrics, maternity and neonatal services.
Cathy Geddes, Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust’s director of clinical strategy, said: “This marks an important step in our journey towards ensuring people consistently get the highest standards of service possible.
“The real risk is continuing with the status quo and staff at both hospitals are keen to see changes that will enable them to provide consistently high-quality services.”
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