The number of patients receiving A&E treatment at Charing Cross Hospital has risen by nearly 2,500 over a two-year period.

Figures show 11,408 people were treated at the emergency unit between November 2016 and January 2017, an increase of 2,416 over the same period two years earlier - a jump of around 25%.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council and local health campaigners blame the increase on the closure of nearby A&E units under the contentious Shaping a Healthier Future (SaHF).

They also claim there are plans to downgrade Charing Cross and Ealing Hospitals under the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) - a claim strenuously denied by the NHS.

Figures released by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which managed the Fulham Palace Road hospital, show that in each of the three winter months, the number of patients treated at Charing Cross Hospital A&E was up by more than a quarter on two years previously.

And figures for January 2017 show a 25.1% increase on the same month in 2015.

Council leader Stephen Cowan, who will took part in an Our NHS Rally in London on Saturday (March 4), said: “These latest figures show why our campaign to Save Charing Cross Hospital, backed by residents across the borough, is so important."

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“With growing waiting times, and hard pushed staff, the threat from local health bosses to cut NHS services even further and axe Charing Cross A&E is a real danger to the health and wellbeing of people in the borough.”

Merril Hammer, chairman of campaigning group Save Our Hospitals, said: “Here in North West London we have already lost two A&E departments, at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex, with disastrous effects on the remaining acute hospitals.

“Yet there is still a plan to downgrade two more hospitals – Ealing first and then Charing Cross.”

Charing Cross Hospital
Charing Cross Hospital

Addressing challenges on Charing Cross A&E, Imperial NHS Trust said again that emergency departments across the country face similar pressures.

It said there was no immediate reduction in the hospital’s A&E planned, and added: “With the support of Imperial College Healthcare Charity, we are currently making significant improvements to a range of facilities at Charing Cross, including A&E, acute medicine, outpatients and theatres.”

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