Chase Farm Hospital
|Chase Farm Hospital|
|Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Hospitals Trust|
|Location||Gordon Hill, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Care system||Public NHS|
|Hospital type||District General|
|Emergency department||Yes Accident & Emergency|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
The oldest part of the hospital (the "clock tower" building) was formerly part of a children's home. Newer buildings on the site include the Highlands Block, built in part replacement of the local Highlands Hospital which closed in 1993.
The hospital's budget problems have given rise to fears that its Accident and Emergency Department may be closed, and a proposal to this end was later put forward by the hospital's management.[when?] On the back of this scare two candidates for the Save Chase Farm movement were elected to the local council in the local elections of May 2006.
Apart from the acute hospital, the grounds also contain a general adult mental health unit managed by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, Chase Village (a home for the mentally handicapped and mentally ill), Kings Oak private hospital, a medium-secure psychiatric unit, and services by Enfield Primary Care NHS Trust. The site contains the North London Forensic Service, the forensic psychiatric service covering most of north London (also part of the Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust) and Radio Enfield. Some of the land is also being developed by builders as new homes.[when?] A new low-secure psychiatric unit is proposed and work is due to start on this shortly.[when?]
A public consultation was carried out during 2007 on the possibility of reorganising services between Chase Farm Hospital and Barnet Hospital. Two options are proposed: one would transform Chase Farm to a 'community hospital' with inpatient and major emergency care transferred to Barnet. 'Option 2' would concentrate planned care at Chase Farm, with maternity and other services concentrated at Barnet. The proposals intend to maximise clinical effectiveness given limited human and financial resources; however, they also predicate a substantial investment in community health provision.
The local NHS Primary Care Trusts determined at the end of this consultation (which had only a 2% response rate from the local population) to proceed with 'Option 2'.
Following the dismissal of Enfield Council's judicial review request, the maternity and accident & emergency (A&E) units at Chase Farm Hospital are due to close in mid-November and on 9 December 2013 respectively. A campaign for the local population to occupy the hospital has been advertised in the town centre.
- Lee, Rob. Reprovision of the Oaks and Elms Services and New homes for Cornwall Villa residents: an update. Enfield Primary Care Trust, January 2005. Accessed 22nd March 2007.
- Consultation document
- Mohamed, Jaber (13 November 2013). "North Middlesex University Hosptital to take on more patients following closure of Chase Farm's A&E and maternity units". Enfield Independent (Newsquest). Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- Winehouse, Mitch (2012). Amy, My Daughter. HarperCollins. p. xi. ISBN 978-0007463916. "Amy was born at the Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, north London, not far from where we lived in Southgate."