Nov 14 2012 by Zoe Drewett
THE fight is going up a gear during this Remembrance week for a war memorial hospital that, some claim, has been neglected by the NHS.
MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, Nick Hurd, (pictured left in front of the hospital) is continuing to fight for Northwood and Pinner Community Hospital, in Pinner Road, which was built in 1924 as a war memorial.
Mr Hurd said: "I am very concerned that the issue of the Northwood and Pinner Community Hospital is being kicked into the long grass.
"We were told that we would have a community health centre that would respect the war memorial.
"In Remembrance week, I will be putting pressure on the NHS to explain how they intend to meet their commitments to the public."
The hospital has been neglected since it was closed in 2008, after being deemed unfit for purpose by NHS Hillingdon.
In March, it emerged that during a meeting the trust had discussed selling the site as part of its budget-setting report. This sparked fury among people living close to the historic building.
NHS Hillingdon is now proposing returning the site to community use, and a report released to the public last week outlined potential uses for the site, but failed to include any information about costs.
Some of the suggestions were to make the site a 12,000ft health and wellbeing centre, with interest from housing associations to develop flats on the site.
Tony Ellis, chairman of Northwood Residents' Association, has long been fighting for the hospital to make a return to caring for the community.
"There is no where in north Hillingdon for any care to be given so this is an ideal spot to have something. It could be an area for care in the community.
"We are making as much noise as we can. Nothing has happened but somebody has got to put pressure on the NHS.
"Although they say they support the use of the hospital by the community, in fact they don't seem to want to be involved.
"It's just like a ping pong ball going backwards and forwards across the net."
A Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group report is expected in January, and Mr Ellis hopes the future of the community hospital will be safe soon after.
But he warned: "If nothing is done about the hospital by the end of March it will pass into the hands of a national NHS body and it will be out of our hands.
"We won't be able to do anything to try and protect it."