We have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close the Hammersmith Hospital Urgent Treatment Centre with immediate effect from 8am on Friday, 20 March.
As part of our management of the covid-19 emergency, we are introducing front door screening and appropriate segregation of patients at the urgent care centre at Charing Cross Hospital. Patients with confirmed or potential covid-19 infection will be separated from patients who are there for other reasons. The urgent treatment centre at Hammersmith Hospital has neither the space nor the clinical capacity to segregate patients at the front door in this way. Charing Cross also has an emergency department in case a patient is taken seriously ill.
We will of course make this decision public through the local media and social media today. Signage will be placed on the door of the Hammersmith UTC and the 111 service will be informed that the centre is not currently available and patients should be directed to Charing Cross. There is a telephone located on the outside wall of Hammersmith Hospital Urgent Treatment Centre that links directly to 111 or 999 in case of emergencies.
We would be grateful if you could also share this development with your networks.
This is an unavoidable decision, taken as an emergency measure to help us deal with the developing major incident around covid-19. We plan to return to business as usual once the emergency is over.