SERVICES at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood, are being reviewed by NHS England - and people in Hillingdon can get involved.

NHSE will be holding four public events, preferably for those undergoing treatment or caring for those having treatment.

Feedback will influence any changes that may be made.

In Hillingdon, the venue is Brunel, Uxbridge, on July 16, 12.30-3.30pm.

Mount Vernon is a standalone centre and serves a population of more than two million in Hertfordshire, South Bedfordshire, North West London and Berkshire.

It provides outpatient chemotherapy, nuclear medicine, brachytherapy and haematology, as well as radiotherapy. There are also in-patient and ambulatory wards.

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Some of the buildings are not in good repair, and concerns have been raised about the centre’s long-term clinical sustainability.

A patient survey feedback shows most patients are happy with the services they receive.

However, doctors, nurses and managers all agree a more permanent solution is needed.

As well as ageing buildings, there are no high-dependency or intensive care beds so patients who become poorly are sent by ambulance to Watford General Hospital.

An NHS England spokesman said: “We have heard from doctors and nurses and are talking to other hospitals in the areas and other organisations that use the Mount Vernon centre.

“We are working closely with Healthwatch Hillingdon, who are helping us arrange the patient events.

“We are also happy to come and talk to patient and community groups to hear your views and ideas and answer any questions you have.

“This stage of the review is looking only at developing some options, not choosing the final option.

“If these options might require a permanent change to the services at Mount Vernon, we will then consult with patients and local people later this year.”