North Hillingdon Public Panel Meeting
Minutes of Meeting held on 17.01.06
The Boardroom, Mount Vernon Hospital
Ann Chad (Chair) (AC)
7 Panel members were present (PM)
AC welcomed SE, Nurse Locality Manager.
Apologies: 3 Panel members
2) The Nurse Locality Manager gave a presentation on Community Nursing
Services in Hillingdon:
SE informed the panel that she had been a nurse for 26 years and her
responsibilities as locality nurse manager for North Hillingdon also include
the Hillingdon wide Twilight & Macmillan Nursing Services and the Northwood
& Pinner Community Unit.
There is a national shortage of community nurses and health visitors. This
has been compounded by the PCT's dire financial situation which has resulted
in a vacancy freeze since March 2005. The Service was originally asked to
save £1m during the year, this was then increased to contribute to savings
to be achieved by Community services of £3m per month from November to the
end of this financial year.
The freeze has impacted on a service that is already severely stretched and
has a 45 1/2% deficit just in the North locality, therefore the freeze has
been lifted for twenty nursing posts. At present Community services are
still authorised to use bank nursing when available.
Northwood & Pinner Community Unit.
Currently there are four palliative care beds with medical cover provided by
a specialist consultant. There are also respite beds which local GP’s have
to provide medical cover for their own patients and intermediate care beds
for which a local GP provides cover. There are 'awaiting placement beds'
which have cover from a consultant from Hillingdon Hospital. The use of
these beds are currently being reviewed to ensure best use is being made use
of them for local people.
In response to this situation, escalation plans were written and implemented
from January 2006. These included:
Referral Centre set up at Laurel Lodge - only new patients to be seen who
are terminally ill, insulin dependant diabetic patients and referrals to
prevent admission to hospital. This highlighted gaps within the service.
The Complex Wound Clinic opened but is under-funded. Patients with severe
mobility problems from North Hillingdon experience difficulties with travel
and can be delayed returning home.
Questions from Panel Members regarding:
a) Northwood & Pinner Community Unit
Suggested use of volunteers at weekends at the Unit. (Volunteers are used to
assist at police stations during the weekend) (PM)
Can the panel assist in any way? (PM)
It was agreed that the Panel would write to Penny Thorpe, Director of
Primary Care on the following matters: Action AC
¨ Concerns regarding the serious staffing shortages faced by community
nursing services in Hillingdon.
¨ The use of the rehabilitation beds at the
Northwood & Pinner Community Unit (known as intermediate care beds)
¨ Requesting a complex wound clinic for North Hillingdon.
NB. Response from Penny Thorpe circulated to Panel.
b) Privatisation of Domiciliary Oxygen Supply Services.
How do the community nursing services view the changes to the oxygen supply
Response: Nursing Services respond favourably to the changes.
3. Minutes of Meeting 15th November 2005
Amendment to Item 8 A.O.B. Re: Age Discrimination Act
NHS Dental Treatment for Children - Should read as follows:
IJ asked Whether Private Dental Practitioners who offer children NHS
Treatment could be asked to provide the parents with NHS treatment also
otherwise this could be seen as age discrimination.
It was suggested that the ADA was mainly targeting employment.
The question was noted for further consideration once the Act has been
The Minutes were agreed and signed as correct.
Agenda date should read 17th January 2006
4 Matters Arising
Item 2 Ambulatory Radiotherapy Services at Mount Vernon.
AC contacted Carol Lowdell at NWLSHA regarding the inclusion of the Panel on
Stakeholders List for future consultations regarding Mount Vernon Cancer
Services. CL replied that SHA's were to be streamlined and a lead person
would then be identified re: above. Panel was on the Stakeholder's List.
The public consultation process has been completed & awaiting next steps.
Item 6 Update from Residents Association
Re: Queries on Dental Care: Replies from Patrice Peterkin were read out and
circulated by AC
Re: Correct & Accurate Information from HPCT - Monthly Core Brief now sent
to Panel Members.
5. Notice of A.O.B.
Queries on Annual Public Health Report 2005 (IJ) & (VM) Action AC
Letter to Dr H Pickles 6.02.06 raising Members Queries.
6. Update from Residents' Associations/ Community Voice/ HPCT Board
Nothing significant to report. (NB HPCT Meeting following week).
7. Discussion on:
a) Core Brief - information useful
b) Terms of Reference for Panels.
Final T.O.R. for Panels now agreed. Paragraph on "Members Resignation" had
been excluded by majority consent of both Panels.
Members agreed for Minutes from NHPP to be circulated on Virtual Panel web
site providing names not included.
c) Joint Meeting with Hayes/Harlington Panel 11th May 2006 -see March
Question: Is eye screening for diabetic patients?
Yes -should be free
DATE OF NEXT MEETING: TUESDAY 16TH MARCH 7.30 PM
MOUNT VERNON HOSPITAL