Clinical accommodation could be built at Northwick Park Hospital to help 'considerably relieve' the shortage of beds.

The treatment and assessment unit at the Watford Road, Harrow, hospital would be a linked extension to the new A&E department due to open on December 10 and would be linked to the main NHS hospital.

NORTHWICK PARK HOSPITAL: The new A&E department is going through the final touches before its opening this autumn
NORTHWICK PARK HOSPITAL: The new A&E department is going through the final touches before its opening this autumn
 

The London North West Healthcare NHS Trust has been criticised for delays and a lack of staffing at A&E which means just 68 per cent of patients were seen within the Government's four-hour limit for the week ending November 16.

Chris Pocklington, the trust's chief operating officer, said: “We have known for some time that bed capacity at Northwick Park Hospital has needed to increase and between November 2014 and March 2015 we will open 38 new beds on the site.

“The planning application that has gone to Brent Council will include capacity for a further 66 beds to open by the end 2015.

“This is not a reaction to our recent A&E performance but part of a long term strategy to improve the care we provide to patients.”

Two floors would each house a 24-bed ward for accommodating acute patients and the third comprises the infectious diseases unit where patients could be isolated in 15 individual rooms.

There would be a cafeteria on the ground floor.

The trust has submitted a planning application to Brent Council for the part four- and part-five building.

 

The accompanying design and access statement said: "The hospital has also been under-capacity with respect to winter pressures and bed capacity constraints.

"This proposal for additional beds will considerably relieve these issues."