Save Charing Cross hospital

Skip Navigation

Save Charing Cross hospital

Friday June 22, 2012

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is urging residents to make their views known on NHS proposals to close A&E services at four west London hospitals, including Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals in the borough.

Sign our petition - Charing Cross

Like us on Facebook

A document, published by NHS North West London yesterday (June 21, 2012) proposes closing four of the nine A&E centres in the area and downgrading some hospitals, including Charing Cross, from ‘major’ centres with a wide range of clinical specialisms to ‘local’ hospitals. The NHS preferred option could also see the loss of the hyper-acute stroke unit at Charing Cross.

Read the document on the NHS North West London website» (opens new window)

Cllr Marcus Ginn, cabinet member for community care at the council, says: "We have been warning of the threat to Charing Cross hospital for many months and this confirms out worst fears.

"We will be fighting tooth and nail to save Charing Cross – the public are not going to accept this plan quietly, especially when the case for stripping all the major service out of such a well loved and respected centre of excellence is not supported by evidence.

"Over many months of questioning on this, NHS bureaucrats have failed to address concerns that this will leave thousands of residents dangerously distant from emergency care or to show that lives will not be put at risk by these closures.

"We think it is madness that they have not taken account of the fact that only Charing Cross has the space for expansion and the public transport links that a major hospital requires.

"They have not taken account of the thousands on new homes being built in west London which will mean we need more local access to hospitals, not less.

"We have warned them not to go down this path. The public reaction is going to be immense."

Read your stories...»

» Send us your comments now

I have lied in W14 for 20 years and the population and need of this community have increased annually over that period.I cannot imagine which statistics are being used to recommend closure. I lost my sister this Hospital.she is cancer patient more then 5 years when I am passed that Hospital I am rember her pleas live this Hospitl. Do not take the concer centre away from Charing Cross Hospital alot of people depend on it to stay alive.
From Degefe on 11/06/2015 at 17:20
From roses on 07/09/2014 at 18:59
Every single person that I met last year when they saved my life several times over a period of 3 months on ward 7 north were angels, caring lovely people from the tea lady to the surgeons and every one in between. I met staff from all over this country and the world and they all did beyond duty for care. This hospital MUST stay as it is and I will fight all the way.
From sullivan on 25/04/2014 at 14:05
It is disgraceful of the NHS to even consider closing down emergency services at Charring Cross Hospital. I have been treated many times there it is a wonderful hospital, where will we go in an emergency? I live just over the Hammersmith Bridge the hospital is just minutes away I have a heart problem where would I go in an emergency? Chelsea and Westminster is too far away.

From Susan callaghan on 17/02/2014 at 21:29
I think it is a wonderful hospital and must be saved.
From joyce gallie on 16/11/2013 at 13:01
I have been signing a lot of these petitions lately.
From higgs on 06/02/2013 at 10:48
please please reconsider this, I wd be not be alive without this hospital and consultants and doctors, i am a neck breather basically meaning i am tracheostomy dependant, without the ent dept at the this hospital I would without a doubt not be here, i am still so relyable on them for staying alive, i understand that you have so many emails like this but surely that must tell you how amazing this hospital is.. please please reconsider this terrible injustice..Many thanks Ms Bratton
From sandie on 04/02/2013 at 13:13
I am very dissaponted that they are closing Charing Cross hospital a&e department. I had operation in this hospital and also prefered most of my treatment in this hospital. I will be very glad if they review again and change their decision.
From Zaheer on 22/01/2013 at 14:51
I was taken to Charing X's A&E unit ten days ago for fear that I'd had a small stroke. I was kept in overnight, was examined and questioned by at least five doctors and given many tests which, in the end, confirmed that I hadn't suffered a stroke but had another, viral problem which then passed. The care and efficiency with which I was treated were marvellous and should be retained.
From John Hubbard on 25/11/2012 at 16:24
this hosital is very dear to us ive go a fmaily member in the hospital and there are many other patients that would not like the move so please dont shut it down
From hamza on 09/11/2012 at 11:05
A lot of lives depend on the the special services at Charing Cross Hospital. Please don''t downgrade!!!
From Marian on 14/10/2012 at 18:02
3 years ago my friend and flatmate was rushed by ambulance to Charing Cross for life saving treatment. It was very touch and go that he made it. If the hospital was any further away then there is a good chance he would''ve died. It is a ridiculous idea to reduce and centrslise A&E services in a growing city with such terrible traffic. Whoever is responsible for a decision to downgrade the hospital will be responsible for many lifes lost - if I were them I would struggle to sleep at night on that.
From Angus on 07/10/2012 at 13:15
I am not in favour of downgrading Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals. With my heart condition I have had to be rushed to Charing Cross hospital on several occasions. It is not always easy to get there in a hurry so going even further would take even more time. Surely this proposal is putting people''s lives at risk?
From maryhazel on 04/10/2012 at 13:34
Please save Charing Cross Hospital.
From Dipa on 21/09/2012 at 10:20
Having spent a completly pointless day from hell at Charing X, yesterday, with my father; let's not save Charing Cross. It is populated by incompetents.
From PBailey on 19/09/2012 at 10:12
I have worked at CXH, Hammersmith & C&W hospitals over the last 20 yrs & also at PCT office. I have been treated for cancer at cxh & used services of A&E, which is full to bursting because of adding minor injuries patients mixed in with urgent sick patients waiting to be seen. I have seen West London Hospital & its site disappear, Queen Charlottes site sold off & rebuilt on the end of an already busy Hammersmith Hospital. CXH has already had services stripped/transferred from it including Children's services toCW. They have tried to close it in the past. These major units that they want to build will never fulfill the needs of the majority of patients. Cancer patients & cardiac patients in the area need the A&E services from the hospital they are being treated at. Chemo patients need urgent attention if they need to attend A&E with an infection & their consultants & records will be in the same place as they were treated. The emergency ambulance service also service Chiswick & surrounding areas & are taken to CXH as its the nearest A&E for them. I could go on but A%E at Charing cross Hospital MUST NEVER BE CLOSED. Its the only main trauma A%E in Hammersmith!
From Hammersmith born resident on 18/09/2012 at 22:49
Given the population of the catchment area, given the dependance on public transport to access A&E care, any degrading of the services at Charing Cross Hospital would be madly irresponsible.
From P McGough on 18/09/2012 at 11:18
It would be an absolute tradegy to downgrade this hospital. To do so would mean no A&E, longer waiting lists etc and where would people go? The travelling is far enough now without having to go further. Please, please do not even think about it.
From R. Goodman on 28/08/2012 at 12:56
Please will someone explain to me how you get from, for example, Lillie Road to Chelsea and Westminster A&E on a match day? It's complete gridlock and the Fulham Road is closed. Closing Charing Cross A&E is madness, I would ask the decision makers to try the route for themselves.
From judith on 20/08/2012 at 12:00
Please can you do something to save charing cross hospital. A lot of money have investated in that hospital. Think about staff employed and the people that use the service. please try and save if you can
From bridget on 13/08/2012 at 07:30
Save Charing Cross and Hammersmith A & E. These are vital services near to the homes of people that may need the service. London is densely populated and therefore needs excellent services spread out across boroughs. Centralising it all to Chelsea and Westminster means longer ambulance journeys and a poorer level of care due to the gridlock of traffic that often exists in west London.
From antwstldn on 05/08/2012 at 20:55
As the father of a young family living in the area, I'm naturally keen to make sure that A&E provision is there for any accidents that could befall, when we all know that a couple of minutes can be the difference between life and death.
From Hugh on 02/08/2012 at 16:01
i love charring cross its a wonderful hospital it saved so many of my familys lifes ill cry if you take it away
From samantha on 23/07/2012 at 17:37
It is very worrying to hear that the NHS would consider closing Charing Cross Hospital A&E. If services are to be moved to Chelsea I can't see how residents would be able to access emergency care as Chelsea is a substantial distance away and will be overstretched. I thought the NHS was aiming to improve services and access to services.
From Juliet on 09/07/2012 at 18:05
please dont close this wonderful hospital,as i work at a local GP surgery,we have a Great need for their quick service often.

From margaret on 08/07/2012 at 11:36
I think what the NHS is doing stupid, seriously you are going to shut down 4 hospitals A and E departments, your doing this to save money but you do realize your basically gonna kill more people, you can spend more money on other hospitals but whats the point if the injured person dies before they even make it to that hospital. It is really stupid in my opinion
From Bub Logan on 07/07/2012 at 23:39
so many lifes are being risked, think of the people who need A&E, NHS are heartless, save A&E, save more lifes, save the future
From Reza on 07/07/2012 at 23:22
They saved my life in the early hours of Xmas day 2005. I don''t think I could be more grateful to anyone/anything in the world - to discover it is threatened is devestating. Closing it risks lives. It would be a terrible waste
From Dom P on 06/07/2012 at 20:55
dear/madam, over the last 32 years i have live in this area charing cross has been very good to me and kind the staff and hosital have my full support.
From james young on 06/07/2012 at 16:09
Charing cross hospital saved my life and it would be a shame to see the A&E closed 😔.
From Fardowsa on 06/07/2012 at 12:35
The Hyper Acute Stroke Unit saved my life. Not only that but if the doctors from there hadn''t spotted me at Hammersmith A&E I''d possibly also have been toast. Please keep it open. It''s too important to close.
From Charley N on 05/07/2012 at 22:07
I totally disagree with closure of A/E at Charng Cross. This particular dept saved my husband and my niece''s lives if they had been further away they would have died.St Marys Padd is a distance having had to travel for 11days this year after my husband had to have bowel op there.NOT IMPRESSED!
From a&e CLOSURE CXHOSP on 05/07/2012 at 20:41
Charing Cross hospital has given excellent service throughout the years. The theatre staff are very well skilled and trained to tackle and perform even the most complex surgery at any given time when emergency arises. I feel that the closure of the hospital will mean the lost of qualified staff in all specialities that require special skills. The full recruitment of foreign nurses who have manned the hospital have sacrificed their own family time and life just to be of service to the british public are now facing uncertainties as to where and what the future holds for them. During the time that the hospital was distressed due to the shortage of staff they have utilised their services and potentials extensively, the closure of charing cross hospitals will leave migrant workers in a bleak future both for them and their families they have left behind.
From munar on 04/07/2012 at 07:29
It needs little imagination to see that survival rates of emergency conditions in Hammersmith + Fulham will be substantially lower if A&E units at either Hammersmith or Charing X Hospital are closed - there would have to be more ambulances but how would they get through the traffic...?
From Jane Joseph on 02/07/2012 at 09:57
I was treated at Charing Xfor cancer 17 years ago and how glad I was to be so close to home at the time, sick people do not want ti travel miles to a hospital when they are ill also we need the A&E dept this side of the borough people will die before they get to chelsea and Westminster and will they be able to cope I doubt it. LEAVE OUR HOSPITAL ALONE. The aim of the trust is to close it for good!
From stellamary on 29/06/2012 at 20:14
Please don''t shut down these much needed emergency services!! Simple, but to the point. If they go, more people will suffer!
From John Last on 27/06/2012 at 20:55
Dont close Charing Cross A&E, They deliver such an important service to our community. I have been there at different times with medical emergencies. Its always busy at the A&E (day and night). Other hospitals will not cope with the extra numbers and lives will be endangered with the longer journey times! Keep Charing Cross open!!!!
From esther on 27/06/2012 at 20:51
i am in favor of saving the hospital!
From alice foster on 27/06/2012 at 20:34
My friends life was saved due to this A&E please please don''t close it....nuff said!
From Chris on 27/06/2012 at 20:30
This is a case of bureaucrats making decisions with no knowledge or experience of the services they want to close. Helicopters land easily in Lillie Park with emergency cases--no such thing for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The latter is not near a hub of thoroughfares such as Hammersmith Broadway and, on the contrary, is very restricted in transport access. We need to invite these bureaucrats and challenge them to answer a set of questions and expose their ignorance.
From Tamara on 27/06/2012 at 19:19
I know people that have had a remarkable experience at the hands of the doctors and nurses at this establishment - don''t play with lives in the most literal sense of the word.
From Tim on 27/06/2012 at 18:24
The local community and the hospital need this service.
From Eddie Jaggers on 27/06/2012 at 17:39
Please do not close the A&E at Charing Cross Hospital. It is always busy and plays a vital part in the local community. The traffic in the area is so congested at all times, to have to go further in an emergency is unthinkable quite apart from the fact that they too are overloaded.
From Barbara Cates on 27/06/2012 at 16:24
This centre saved the life of a good friend of mine. Closing it would be plain wrong, on any level.
From Ian on 27/06/2012 at 15:34
My friend''s life was saved by Charing Cross, and they are continuing to help him with his recovery from cancer.
From Ingrid on 27/06/2012 at 14:49
Save this hospital! It saved my friend!!
From Rowan on 27/06/2012 at 14:41
This hospital saved my life last summer and have treated me with expertise ever since. They are a leading centre in so many medical areas, and struggle to cope along with Hammersmith as it is, How are Chelsea and Westminster alone going to deal with everyone in this part of London?!

This closure is a disgrace.
From Piers Moth on 27/06/2012 at 14:38
save the charing cross hospital. the best hospital in west london
From Zul on 27/06/2012 at 11:07
Charing Cross is a far more more appopriate centre for A&E than St. Mary's or Chelsea and Westminster due to it's size and location.
It would be totally absurb for it to close!
From Diana on 26/06/2012 at 21:59
Many people will be badly affected by this movement
From N.Resurreccion on 26/06/2012 at 17:42
Cannot understand the rationale for this! there is already a shortage of beds in London and this will deter from the patient experince.
From Tina Normington on 26/06/2012 at 15:48
Where will all patients be seen
From Rebecca Foley-Saeed on 26/06/2012 at 15:44
Re the reply to my comment from the council:
If you read the report, the Care Commissioning Groups claim that travel times are not as important as getting to the right specialist hospital even if this takes longer. This is the argument which you are ignoring. I understand why you are doing so, because it does run contrary to the intuition of most people. But the report has statistics to back up this claim. I suspect that this better outcome depends on the patient receiving good paramedic care in the ambulance. Would the outcome be the same if relatives taking the patient to hospital themselves were to give NO care?

I think it would be helpful if we all learned a bit about diagnosing strokes and heart attacks and where the appropriate centres will be. And then we must pray that any such emergencies happen in the middle of the night or on a Sunday morning when the roads are empty!!

I'm certain that the tight squeeze on expenditure in the NHS will seal the fate of Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospital. I am very sorry to say this.
From Una Hodgkins on 25/06/2012 at 14:45
I have to take my daughter out of Borough to Chelsea & Westminster Hospital for emergency's to now say anyone living in this borough has to do the same is unacceptable and a disgrace.

I hope NHS North West London has deep pockets for when people sue as vital minutes lost as shown can cost lives.
From E D on 25/06/2012 at 12:57
please do not close the A & E dtpartment at Charing Cross it is vitally needed! I also find it unacceptable that you should consider downgrading it to a local hospital and loose some of the specialist services which have been developed - once they are gone they are lost!
From Damian Hart on 24/06/2012 at 22:44
Save Charring Cross hospital
From Mr Kaye on 23/06/2012 at 19:16
Charing Cross Hospital is some 20 emergency minutes away from a major incident at Heathrow airport. I wonder what the delay would be in the new system?
From Max Lab on 23/06/2012 at 17:40
this will have alot of people..
want health services..elsewhere..
just putting more pressure,
on other services.
From pippa p on 23/06/2012 at 14:12
I have lived in this borough all my life (almost 70 years)and members of my family have received life-saving care at the old Fulham Hospital, (which preceded Charing Cross) and at Charing Cross itself. I think that plans to remove the services of the accident and emergency department would be an absolute disaster for residents of this borough, particularly if Hammersmith Hospital is also to have its services cut. The only recourse for residents would then be Chelsea & Westminster, which is extremely difficult to get to from the north of the borough, particularly as the route is through Hammersmith Broadway, which is often gridlocked. I would be happy to put my name to any petition which is being drawn up to prevent the closure of this excellent service.
From Life long resident on 23/06/2012 at 08:50
This densely populated area of London requires local high quality care and fast access to an A&E centre. It is madness to consider downgrading Charing Cross, especially as evidence would support the community needs.
From Pat on 22/06/2012 at 21:18
Would the Councillors in Hammersmith and Fulham please like to read the following report dated February 2012 before, once again, sounding off about "local A&E department must not be closed":

This is a 36-page report from the 8 Clinical Commissioning Groups in the NW London NHS area. It makes a compelling case for (1) concentrating specialist care in bigger hospitals while (2) providing GP-led care better at the local level and (3) ensuring that the two link together better. And delivering all this with only very small increases in spending while (4) keeping up to world standards of clinical excellence. This is the future.

Reply from the council: yes we have read this report and spent many months in debate with NHS managers on this. We recognise the need for change but do not support the proposal to remove vital services from Charing Cross, which is better located and more accessible than other sites. There has been insufficient research into journey times to more distant sites, without which we cannot be sure this plan won't put lives at risk.
From Una Hodgkins on 22/06/2012 at 19:45
My life was saved thanks to CXH A&E. I was brought in by ambulance and in a coma. Thanks to rapid triage, I was immediately transferred to Neurosurgery for emergency surgery to relieve cranial blood pressure. The surgeon who subsequently operated on a major brain haemorrhage told me that time had been of the essence - I was lucky to have lived locally as a longer or slower journey would probably have resulted in death. Happily I lived to tell the tale and have contributed to HMRC and others for the subsequent 14 years. Res ipsa loquitur - [this] thing speaks for itself!
From Richard Scott on 22/06/2012 at 18:38
Live very close and have used the A&E on a number of occasion over the last 20 years
From Brinckman on 22/06/2012 at 18:35
I am shocked and appauld at the thought of two major hospitals especially Charing X will be down graded. As a resident of H & F I am concerned if myself or a family member ever needed immeadiate emergency care the waiting could cost us out lives. I have been an out patient at charing x for many years and have always taken comfort in the fact that there is a major hospital nearby where I know I will receive appropriate treatment right away.

Which ever hospital has to deal with these extra cases is surely going to suffer. Service standards will deteriorate
From Deemat7 on 22/06/2012 at 18:22
It''s long been known that Charing X Hospital is a white elephant. It is falling down, expensive to maintain and has mediocre care ratings.
Scarce resources in he NHS are best employed elsewhere in London.
From timday on 22/06/2012 at 18:16
I think it is important to have some figures on how much money would be saved and whether savings could be made elsewhere within the Health Service. How much does it cost to run the A & E Department. What impact will the closure have on saving lives? What is the thinking behind this?
From on 22/06/2012 at 18:02
You haven''t given me enough information to judge the decision, nor pointed me to it, so I cannot honourably sign just yet - it would be a knee-jerk response. But my inclination is to do so when I find out more: every experience I have had there has been very good, not least the swift queue-jumping (so it seemed) attention when I dislocated a shoulder.
From Michael on 22/06/2012 at 17:56
I support H & F Council in condemning
this short sighted action which would undoubtedly be reversed in the future at a far greater cost, which of course would not be the present NHS Administrators problem
From Quayle on 22/06/2012 at 17:48
I have lived in W12 for 31 years and the population and needs of this community have increased annually over that period. I cannot imagine which statistics are being used to recommend closure of any of the services , especially A &E at either Charing Cross or Hammersmith hospitals. They are always full of people when I have been to these hospitals over the years.
From S.Pojak on 22/06/2012 at 17:14
The location of CX AE makes it very important and far more strategic as CW. CX hospital as it stands is excellent and wanted and needed by the patients they serve. The plan if it goes ahead will prove to be a false economy.
From Karen Liao on 22/06/2012 at 16:48
To take away clinical specialisms from the only Fulham hospital is madness. Fulham itself has a population of around 170,000 and is a strategic centre for much of SW London.
From yes on 22/06/2012 at 16:43
Closing this A&E would mean over-burdening others in West London - the people of Hammersmith need this facility. NHS efficiency drives are to do with saving money, not with saving lives.
From Jane Thurston-Hoskins on 22/06/2012 at 16:42
I cannot believe that the NHS would consider downgrading such a centre of excellence that delivers critical care to such a densely populated area! Given the often chronic difficulties experienced by Fulham and Hammersmith residents in entering/exiting the borough, due to its awkward geography, I cannot see how they are meant to access emergency or other critical care that would presumably require them to leave the borough. Has anyone tried getting to the Chelsea and Westminster hospital in a hurry, especially during a Chelsea football match?!!

This is also a vital teaching hospital. Is it intended to scrap teaching as well?
From S Jenner on 22/06/2012 at 16:38
not only extra people but also extra traffic if the Council''s many development proposals to take the borough upmarket go ahead. Don''t fancy the chances of stroke victim trying to get to the C & W, even out of rush hour.
From jennymack on 22/06/2012 at 16:37
I am in recession but nevertheless a cancer patient who is still seen at Charing Cross who will I be seen by if it is not there? Do not take the cancer centre away from Charing Cross hospital a lot of people depend on it to stay alive.
From Irene on 22/06/2012 at 16:26


Your comments

Display name:*
Enter the code shown above:*

                      I accept the terms and conditions of posting to this site*

* denotes mandatory field