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500 extra patients a month at threatened Charing Cross Hospital A&E

The under-threat A&E department at Charing Cross Hospital saw almost 500 more patients in February than it did in the same month two years ago.

There were 3,289 people seen by the department during the month – an increase of 493 on February 2015.

This continues a trend which saw patient numbers in each of the three preceding months up more than a quarter on the position two years ago.

“The dedicated staff at Charing Cross Hospital continue to deal with more patients than ever before, while the threat of the axe hangs over this much needed resource,” said Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan.

“There is no logic at all behind the plan to downgrade the hospital, and remove its A&E department, when figures from the trust show that the borough has never needed it's medical expertise and care more than now.”

Over the last four months, Charing Cross Hospital's A&E has seen 3,000 more patients than in the corresponding period two years ago – or an average increase of 24 cases every day.

But health chiefs are still trying to push forward their plan which may see the axing of A&E at both Charing Cross and Ealing Hospitals.

Cllr Cowan continued: “This irrational and dangerous plan for the future of the NHS in the borough seems to expect that seriously ill or injured people will simply disappear.

“A&E at Charing Cross Hospital is saving lives every day, and any plan to close it down puts the health of local people at risk, and must be stopped.”