The Department of Health's website that was set up to privatise the NHS is called Supply2Health (henceforth known as the NHS Privatisation website). This website has the list of currently registered AQP providers. The providers for Adult Hearing include Ealing Hospital NHS Trust. This trust provides acute services for Ealing and community health services for Ealing, Brent and Harrow. The following image is a Google Maps image of the area covered by Ealing Hospital.
The NHS Privatisation website says that Ealing Hospital will provide Adult Hearing Services as an AQP provider for the following PCTs:
Hammersmith and Fulham
Kensington and Chelsea
The area covered by the hospital as an AQP provider is shown here:
The image shows Ealing in the top left, but it also shows that the trust is providing hearing services for a much larger population to the south, east and west. It may be easier to visualise the greater area covered when the two images are combined:
The NHS Privatisation website says that in the area covered by Ealing borough there are three AQP providers of Adult Hearing: Ealing Hospital, West Middlesex University Hospital and InHealth Ltd. Inevitably, Ealing Hospital will lose patients to these competitors, so the only way that the trust can maintain its income is by providing services outside its catchment area, and hence this is why it is an AQP provider from Hounslow in the west to Westminster in the east.
One such "competitor" is West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust which covers Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames:
The NHS Privatisation website says that West Middlesex University Hospital will provide Adult Hearing Services in the same areas as Ealing Hospital. The combined image for this trust is shown here:
The NHS Privatisation website says that the AQP providers for Hounslow are: West Middlesex University Hospital, Ealing Hospital, InHealth Ltd and Scrivens Ltd.
Thus Ealing Hospital is competing for patients in Houslow who would have gone to West Middlesex Hospital, and West Middlesex is competing for patients in Ealing who would have gone to Ealing Hospital. In both areas there are private AQP providers (InHealth and Scrivens) and the "host" trust will lose patients to them. So to make up for patients lost to them, both NHS trusts are providing hearing services in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.
AQP madness? Sure. Rationally, Ealing Hospital should provide services for Ealing and West Middlesex Hospital should provide the services for Houslow, but AQP is not rational.