Hillingdon Hospital
Hillingdon Hospital is an NHS hospital, located in Pield Heath Road, Hillingdon, Greater London. It is a general hospital serving the local area, providing a wide variety of services including Accident and Emergency (64,000 patients annually), In-patients, Day Surgery and Outpatient Clinics. It is an incredibly busy hospital, possibly due to the proximity of Heathrow Airport. It is one of only two hospitals run by Hillingdon Hospital NHS trust, the other being Mount Vernon Hospital. The hospital has a PALS office based on site, The Hillingdon Consulting Rooms for private patients and its own hospital radio station (Radio Hillingdon) staffed by volunteers. The current chairman is Anthony Valentine, and the chief executive is David McVittie.

History
In 1744, Hillingdon Vestry decided to build a workhouse. Finding a suitable site proved difficult, but it was finally decided to build it near Colham Green. The work on this was completed in 1747. By 1830, the workhouse had grown considerably in size, and it was decided to expand it to accommodate male and females separately. The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 resulted in the building of the Uxbridge Union Workhouse on the site in around 1838. Middlesex County Council took charge of the Uxbridge Union buildings in 1930 and began development into the Hillingdon Institution an acute hospital. Rapid progress was made and the hospital was significantly improved enlargened in 1932. This included replacing the wooden floors with concrete ones (the wooden ones being too weak to cope with the weight of an operating theatre table and equipment. Unfortunately, in October 1940, bombs fell on Hillingdon Hospital, causing much damage. Luckily, there were no casualties. Much of the hospital was moved into temporary accommodation. This proved to be unpopular, and following the war, the number of beds in the hospital declined due to a lack of staff. The Medical Director of the time Dr. W Arklay Steel was concerned at the condition of the hospital. In 1948, when the NHS took charge, the hospital consisted of a series of temporary buildings in varying states of disrepair. In 1957, it was agreed to rebuild Hillingdon Hospital. Following this, in 1960, the maternity wing of the hospital was opened and is still in operation today. Sir Arnold France, Secretary of the Ministry of Health opened the current Hillingdon Hospital on 10 January 1967. It had cost £3.2 million to build. It provided seven new wards including the provision of some single rooms, outpatients department, imaging department, Accident and Emergency services, Operating theatres and recovery suites, pathology laboratories, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and a canteen. It was heralded as being an innovative new hospital, with a central vacuum system and piped oxygen throughout. Wards were named alphabetically, with K for Kennedy Ward being at the top of the hospital. In December 2008, Bevan Ward was opened. This ward, named in honour of the founder of the NHS, Aneurin Bevan, consists of three clusters of eight ensuite patient rooms. Each cluster is slightly different in design, allowing detailed research into patient satisfaction, sleep quality, privacy and infection rates This has been heralded as the future of hospital care in the UK.Patients and staff alike are very pleased with the new facilities, with some describing it as a five-star hotel. It was visited in 2009 by Health Secretary Alan Johnson who was apparently struck by the patient satisfaction.

Future
Its long term aim is to provide emergency and acute medical care at the site, with all general surgeries and other services being provided at Mount Vernon Hospital. The hospital hopes to become an independent NHS foundation trust in the near future. Since 1967, the condition of the hospital building has deteriorated rapidly, particularly the metal framed windows and roofing. Some wards have been refurbished as part of an ongoing plan to improve the hospital. It is in the middle of plans to rebuild the hospital, and is talks with government departments and private companies to make this happen.

In film
Hillingdon Hospital has been a popular filming location for many programmes including Only Fools and Horses, during the birth of Derek Trotters son Damien, as well as Family Affairs, Inspector Morse, and the BBC Documentary Airport.

Criticism
Hillingdon hospital has received heavy criticism over the years, including coming in the top 12 worst hospitals "in the country". . In 2003, there was a case of post-mortem desacration of a body . Additionally, a MRSA hospital infection rate of 0.18 per 1,000 bed days was recorded ; and several complaints regarding the expensive parking on site. . Hygiene standards have been criticised on several occasions, achieving the dubious award of being 4th worst for hygiene in a survey from the Healthcare Commission