New NHS skin centre for conditions like cancer to be built in Hillingdon Borough

A new purpose-built NHS skin centre for treating conditions like cancer will be built in the Hillingdon Borough if plans are approved.

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wants to create the specialist hub at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood.

Patients would be able to receive treatments such as maxillofacial surgery at the proposed centre.

It would be a stand-alone building immediately to the north of the Mount Vernon site, next to an existing car park and the treatment centre.

NHS bosses want to hear the views of residents and patients.

Officials said the demand for these services has increased significantly in the last five years and, up to now, the trust has had to expand services by squeezing them into a variety of locations across both its hospital sites in Hillingdon and Mount Vernon.

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Being part of the wider dermatology and allergy service, last year the services handled 22,200 outpatient appointments and 1,430 day case surgical appointments - a 75% and 418% respective increase in demand since 2010, according to NHS figures.

The service currently operates from nine scattered locations across both main hospitals and three outreach community clinics providing a fragmented skin service for patients who often have to travel between those various locations.

A statement from the trust read: “This new proposal would consolidate the great majority of the trust’s skin services in one dedicated building and improve the overall service for patients."

Officials pledged that the consolidation of services in one specialist building would:

  • streamline services for patients in one centre of excellence
  • speed up treatment and diagnosis
  • improve the clinical facilities and enable greater training opportunities for medical staff
  • provide greater convenience for patients also receiving cancer services delivered by East and North Hertfordshire Trust at Mount Vernon.

The planning application will be considered by Hillingdon Council.

Comments should be sent via email to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to: The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Skin Centre Consultation, Estates and Facilities Department, Hillingdon Hospital, Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge UB8 3NN.

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