STRUCTURE: The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust has been given foundation status.

Since 1 April it has been known as The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Trust chair Mike Robinson said: “This is fantastic news for our patients and the organisation.

“It puts us in the strongest possible position to take forward our plans to develop future services.”

The trust began its election process for governors of the foundation trust in December 2008 and the board of governors was developed in 2009. So far 7,000 local people have signed up to become members.