Extend the opening hours at the Alexandra Avenue Polyclinic
Three years ago, the popular polyclinic at Alexandra Avenue, which used to be open for patients to ‘walk-in’ between 8am-8pm all year round, had its opening hours reduced to just 8am-4pm on weekends and bank holidays. When it is open, the walk-in clinic offers access to a doctor or nurse to anyone, and they are usually seen within 20 minutes.
I have raised concerns in Parliament about the increasing pressure on the Accident & Emergency department at Northwick Park Hospital, following the closures of the A&E departments at Central Middlesex and Hammersmith Hospitals.
With the Deputy Chief Executive of Northwick Park Hospital recently admitting that the service is 80-100 beds short, extending the opening hours at Alexandra Avenue Polyclinic would help ease some of this pressure, and ensure that Harrow residents have better access to doctors and nurses without needing to visit A&E.