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New £9.4m surgical centre opens to cut patient waiting lists in Harrow

A new surgical centre that will perform around 4,000 orthopaedic procedures a year has officially opened. This will help cut patient waiting lists in Harrow and the surrounding area.

The £9.4m North-West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre, located in Park Royal, aims to reduce a waiting list of over 16,000 patients that has built up since the pandemic.

The centre was officially opened by David Wootton, a former secondary school teacher and the first patient treated there. At the start of its phased opening in December 2023, Wootton, 72, underwent a partial knee replacement in the morning and went home later the same day.

This centre is one of the first major projects of the North West London Acute Provider Collaborative. This partnership includes four acute NHS trusts: London North West University Healthcare, Imperial College Healthcare, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and The Hillingdon Hospitals.

The centre focuses on ‘high volume, low complexity’ bone and joint procedures, like knee and hip replacements. This approach improves quality and efficiency, allowing better care for more patients and freeing up capacity in other hospitals for more complex cases needing specialist care.

Matt Bartlett, Medical Director of the centre and an orthopaedic surgeon, said: “A similar model in south London has proved very successful. It is all about providing a faster more equitable service.

“Orthopaedic procedures involving bones and joints make up more than a quarter of all NHS operations, and we are working hard to reduce waiting lists.”

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Patients’ pre-operative and post-operative care will remain in their local hospitals with their surgeons moving with their patients to carry out their procedures in the dedicated Centre.

Imperial College Healthcare consultant orthopaedic surgeon Ian Sinha said: “We’re already finding that our new approach works really well for patients and for our clinical teams – it’s enabling greater collaboration and learning which will help us improve the quality of our care as well as reduce waiting lists.”

London North West University Healthcare CEO Pippa Nightingale added: “We need to be prepared for the future; if we did nothing, the number of people waiting for orthopaedic surgery in north west London would increase by almost a fifth by 2030.

“The EOC is therefore a game-changer and will particularly benefit older patients and those from more deprived backgrounds where musculoskeletal disorders are one of the most common long-term health conditions.

“The EOC is the great result of four NHS trusts working together, across geographical boundaries, for the benefit of people right across north west London.”

To find out more about the background to the centre and the new approach to orthopaedic surgery in north west London, please visit the NHS North West London Acute Provider Collaborative website.

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