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Hope for future of hospital
TALKS are underway in Northwood in a bid to find a way to save the site of a disused hospital building.
There are now hopes that a viable alternative use can be found for the site of Northwood and Pinner Community Hospital in Pinner Road - to save it from threat of being sold.
Disposal of the century-old cottage hospital, closed in 2008 but still used as an ambulance station, was included in the budget report for NHS Hillingdon earlier this year, giving a deadline of September.
However, meetings between officials from the regional health cluster, NHS North West London, and local stakeholders have taken place where alternative options have been tabled.
Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner MP Nick Hurd is vehemently against the sale and has also been party to the talks. They are focussed on retaining the war memorial on the site but replacing the existing building, which has asbestos, with a modern health facility.
Northwood Residents' Association chairman Tony Ellis told the Gazette: "One can never be optimistic about the NHS because it is going through so many changes but I think there is a chance we can save the hospital and we are having another meeting this week."
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