An extraordinary row has erupted between two NHS hospital trusts, with one accusing the other of endangering the safety of critically ill patients through a £190million development scheme.
University College London Hospital (UCLH) claims the rebuilding of aging Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH) will deny patients time-sensitive care as they get stuck in an ambulance in construction traffic.
The dispute has pitted the two trusts, which are close neighbors in the historic Bloomsbury area of central London and have long had a close working relationship, against one another.
UCLH has strongly opposed GOSH’s plan to demolish part of its central London site, dating back to 1852, and build an eight-story, state-of-the-art replacement facility.
This includes a new specialist center for the treatment of children and adolescents with cancer. UCLH claims the plan puts adults at risk as both would be taken urgently to their National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) for brain surgery and children would be cared for at GOSH. Is.
His main concern is GOSH’s plan to use Powis Place, a small private road jointly owned by the two trusts, as the new temporary main entrance during the three-year construction period.
UCLH fears ambulances rushing to unload patients could become stuck in surrounding lanes with 30-ton trucks serving the site and endanger under-18s arriving at GOSH as powys. The place will be very crowded.
It has sent a two-page letter of objection to the London Borough of Camden, the planning authority to which GOSH is asking permission to proceed with its plan. In it, UCLH says the proposed use of and access to Gosh’s Powis Place would result in a “significant risk of harm to patients, particularly for arrivals requiring prompt and immediate treatment.”
“A high volume ambulance admission at Powys Place would conflict with a blue light emergency passageway for critically ill patients for both NHNN and GOSH. Current proposals for pedestrians due to conflicts with emergency vehicle access do not provide safe passage.”
Potential “overcrowding” from dropping off GOSH and NHNN patients at the new entrance could delay the timely arrival of Ambulance 999, “resulting in unnecessary delays in treating patients.”, [which] NHNN or GOSH patients may experience clinical harm… It would not be safe for ambulance patients and their visitors or families to use this gateway,” it adds.
UCLH is also concerned about patients with brain disorders, who sometimes receive medical care outside of a neurology clinic immediately upon arrival. “Under the current proposal, this would be fully visible to visitors and patients using GOSH’s ambulance entrance. [This] There are privacy and dignity implications for both trusts.”
Additionally, GOSH’s plan, after which the road will be designated one-way during construction, “is of concern and will cause delays in treating critically ill patients,” UCLH Is said. The resulting “confusion and congestion” in the Great Ormond Street and the surrounding streets will be “adverse to patient access” and to NHNN [the] The Royal London Hospital for Integrative Medicine, a homeopathic hospital, is adjacent to GOSH.
GOSH’s replacement of its “facade building” is part of a five-step plan to expand its site to 62% by renovating two-thirds of its property. “The increasing complexity of treatment, new equipment and GOSH’s ambition to improve the patient and family experience as well as the health and well-being of staff have resulted in the need for larger rooms and areas,” it said.
Some residents are unhappy. In a statement, the newly formed Great Ormond Street Group advised the Trust to abandon its plans for “a new ten-story monster building in the middle of a small residential street in a conservation area” that would destroy the lives of local residents and residents. would kill people and businesses”.
The row is a headache for local MP Keir Starmer, the Labor leader, who may have to decide which side to back down on. Local resident Henri Lamprecht, who is also leader of the Labor Party chapter, opposes the plan.
Conservation group Heritage England has also objected to the plan. It fears the size of the proposed new build would affect people’s ability to appreciate St Paul’s Cathedral from Primrose Hill, a sheltered hilltop view of London Park to the north.
GOSH did not respond to a request to address UCLH’s concerns. Instead, both trusts issued a joint statement emphasizing their determination to resolve the issues.
It added: “We are neighboring NHS hospitals who have long worked together as close partners and we are part of a joint cancer treatment centre.
“We speak to each other to find a way forward that works for both our organizations and our patients. We hope that we can resolve the issues raised.”