Feb 15 2013 By Hannah Bewley
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AN emergency department in Brent which thousands have people have fought to save will be closed.
The A&E at Central Middlesex hospital will be closed and the hospital will be reclassified as a local and elective hospital with an urgent care centre under the Shaping a Healthier Future plans.
The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts will meet on Tuesday February 19 to discuss its recommendation, which was published today, Friday.
PCTs from west and north west London support option A of the NHS plans which means five hospitals in the area, St Mary's, Hillingdon, Northwick Park, West Middlesex and Chelsea and Westminster, will become major hospitals and others will be downgraded.
In the documents which are published on the Shaping a Healthier Future website it is recognised that 18 petitions were received in response to the changes.
For Central Middlesex A&E there was NHS Under the Knife, which got nearly 2,000 signatures and one calling for Ealing, Central Middlesex, Charing Cross and Hammersmith to retain all their services which had 25,000 signatures.
Members of Harlesden Methodist Church also submitted a petition with 43 people opposing the changes.
None were in support of option A in relation to Central Middlesex.
The JCPCT came up with a list of 13 recommendations, and the final decision will go to Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt.
Brent Clinical Commissioning Group supports the case for option A and in a letter from chair Etheldreda Kong to NHS NW London she referred to developing locality hubs to provide more capacity for urgent GP appointment.
Harrow CCG also supports option A.
An elective hospital provides patients with non-complex elective medicine and elective surgery services and there will be an urgent care centre that will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
These care centres specialise in the treatment of patients with emergency conditions that do not need hospital admission, but strong links will be established so a patient with a more serious need can be taken to A&E quickly.