I WOULD like to clarify NHS Hillingdon's position with regard to GP provision in the West Drayton area.
Contrary to some original reports, stemming from conversations between the owners of The Green medical practice and backers of a proposed housing development in Porters Way, it is our understanding that there are now no plans to move the GP practice at The Green.
Responding to concerns raised by some patients about the prospect of such a move, NHS Hillingdon, along with Dr Chris Jowett, a representative from The Green medical practice, held two public meetings last week.
These meetings provided an opportunity for Dr Jowett to explain clearly and unambiguously the future prospects for his practice.
A transfer of GP services from The Green to Porters Way is not viable. In any case, no move would have been agreed without public consultation.
The public meetings were a valuable opportunity for NHS Hillingdon to have a public debate about healthcare provision in the area.
There are many factors to consider before any decision can be made, but currently we are concerned with ensuring that the Porters Way developers make a significant contribution towards additional healthcare provision, reflecting the impact that extra housing would have on the area.
KEVIN MULLINS Executive director (commissioning)
NHS Hillingdon High Street