The £3 million same day treatment centre enables Whittington doctors and nurses to treat patients faster – avoiding unnecessary admission to hospital, and supporting the busy A&E.
The local MP was accompanied by the Liberal Democrat Health Minister, Norman Lamb MP, who cut the ribbon.
The opening happened the day after the Autumn Statement, where the chancellor announced an extra £2 billion for the NHS, following pressure from Lib Dem MPs. The Lib Dems in government have also introduced the first ever waiting time standards for mental health patients.
Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone is also campaigning for fairer funding for Haringey Borough’s health services – to bring local funding in line with that of Islington and Camden.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“I’m so happy that the hospital is going from strength to strength. I’ve been a patient at the Whittington a few times myself – I just can’t imagine it not being there!
“I still remember back to late 2009, when I exposed the Labour Government’s plans to close the Whittington’s A&E. I raised questions in parliament and started a campaign – backed by thousands and thousands of residents – to save it.
“Now, we still have our A&E and this wonderful new Ambulatory Care Centre to support it – which is fantastic for the hospital and local residents alike.”