CCG led project to improve services at Finchley Memorial Hospital visited by Secretary of State.

Updated: Nov 17, 2019

A state-of-the-art breast screening clinic was officially opened at Finchley Memorial Hospital on Thursday, 17 January by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock.

The clinic is home to the Hologic 3D imaging system, which is the most technologically advanced mammography scanner available.

The service moved into the hospital building and began operating in August 2018, having been located in a mobile unit since the hospital opened. This move is part of the CCG’s continuing effort to improve services and facilities at the hospital and increase usage; making a wider range of services available to more people.

Kay Matthews, Chief Operating Officer for Barnet CCG said, “We are really pleased to see the clinic officially opened by Matt Hancock. Over the last 18 months, with its partners, the CCG has been working hard to improve the range of services and facilities that local patients can access at Finchley Memorial. We’re now approaching the end of that work and there are almost 40 different clinical services provided from the hospital and we’re seeing many more patients as a result.”

The project has been a collaboration between the CCG, Royal Free Hospital and Community Health Partnerships, which is responsible for the management of the hospital. A summary of the project’s outcomes include

  • The opening of Adams Ward – an additional 17 beds to support better discharge of patients from Barnet General and the Royal Free Hospital.

  • The installation of a CT scanner run by University College Hospital that will offer a higher level of diagnostic services to Barnet residents to tackle earlier diagnosis of lung cancer.

  • Plans underway to bring GP Primary care services into Finchley for the first time since the building opened, subject to public consultation.

  • Almost 50% increase in places for patients in the Chemotherapy and Infusion suite.

  • Improved utilisation of outpatient services.

  • New Ear Nose and Throat & Pregnancy Advisory services.

  • A new automated room booking service to aid sessional use of rooms at Finchley.

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