The North West London Acute Provider Collaborative (comprising of the four north west London acute NHS trusts) has agreed to bring together much of the routine, inpatient orthopaedic surgery for the population of north west London in a purpose-designed, centre of excellence at Central Middlesex Hospital.
There will be a phased opening of the North West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (NWL EOC) from November 2023 through to February 2024, with an initial operating capacity of three theatres, increasing to five theatres by the end of February 2024.
Our Trust is about to make the move to a new electronic patient records system (Cerner EPR). This patient record system will then be in use by all four north west London acute trusts, allowing safe and where appropriate, the sharing of health records seamlessly across trusts. This is an essential element of the NWL EOC (and all acute healthcare), allowing for the streamlining of inter-trust referrals across a large geographical area.
The NWL EOC will focus on ‘high volume, low complexity’ bone and joint procedures, including knee and hip replacements, leaving other hospitals in north west London room to focus on more complex orthopaedic procedures.