New Hawthorn Intermediate Care Unit in Hillingdon
The Hawthorn Intermediate Care Unit was opened on 29th January 2014 in the Woodlands Centre, on the Hillingdon Hospital site. It is administered by Central & North West London Foundation Trust (CNWL), which is responsible for the services of Hillingdon Community Health (HCH).
The Unit has an interesting history. In 2005 the last patients of the Northwood and Pinner Community Hospital were moved to the Northwood and Pinner Community Unit in Mount Vernon Hospital, for the patients' safety. The Mount Vernon accommodation was recognised as old fashioned, with limited space and facilities but the move there was expected to be only temporary. The Community Voice accepted the need to move the patients, but continually pressed for the Northwood and Pinner Hospital site to serve the local community, in accord with its original purpose as a war memorial to local citizens who died in the 1914-18 war - that fight is still ongoing.
At Mount Vernon the Unit was initially administered by Hillingdon Primary Care Trust, but that responsibility passed first to HCH and then to CNWL. Despite sterling effort by those organisations to improve the facilities - and huge fund raising by the Friends of Northwood and Pinner Unit to provide additional comforts - it was impossible to bring the Unit to modern standards. Now CNWL has moved the Unit into its Woodlands Centre on the Hillingdon Hospital site, where the accommodation is splendid! The Community Voice is saddened that the Northwood and Pinner link is broken - but it rejoices in the new facilities that are now available to the patients of today and tomorrow.Those gathered for the launch of the Hawthorn Intermediate Care Unit were addressed by the new CNWL Chair, Professor Dorothy Griffiths. She noted that this Unit is a model of integrated care - the nurse-led unit is run by HCH, medical care is provided by the Care of the Elderly team from the adjacent Hillingdon Hospital NHS FT, and mental health services are available from other units within the Woodlands Centre. The opening ceremony was performed by the Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr. Allan Kauffman.