Well – tomorrow, I will be laying a tile for the ‘topping out’ ceremony for the new health centre on the site of the old Hornsey Hospital. Funnily enough, the Liberal Democrats did a health survey not that long ago to find out what local people wanted in terms of their local health care.
When asked what services they wanted to see in the facility, local residents supported a wide range of health services, including, x-ray services (59%) emergency care (54%) and homeopathic and alternative therapies (26%). Survey responses was received from 1,281 Haringey residents.
As we reach the point where the building is nearly ready – we need to know what is going to go in it. Local residents do not want to see a reduction in number of GPs or mass forced relocations of local practices. But this is only one part of the story. I have been campaigning with local residents for over a decade to get Hornsey Hospital re-opened. To be called a hospital it must have more than basic GP services. Our survey has show there is significant demand for wider services. This is real opportunity; the Heath Trust must act now to engage with local people. It is very clear that local people don’t want Hornsey Central to be just an enormous GP clinic. They want new hospital services brought onto the site.