The area near Hampton Court Palace is a fine riverside location to live, but it’s not so good if you need to drive to a hospital.
The Hampton neighbourhood is identified in government statistics as the place with the longest average journey time by car to get to a hospital in London. The average journey for the 826 residents of this area is 28 minutes, almost double the London average.
Outer London boroughs like Richmond, Havering and Barking and Dagenham all have longer average journey times than central areas. The average journey by car to hospital for residents in these areas is 17 minutes. In Hammersmith and Fulham and the City of London it is just 11 minutes.
The added factor for Richmond is that there is no hospital in the borough. The nearest are in Kingston or Hammersmith.
A comparison of the 4,600 local neighbourhoods, or LSOA, as they are referred in statistical studies reveals fairly uniform journey times across London for a car journey to hospital.
But if you are without a car and relying on public transport or walking to visit a sick relative or friend then your journey is more of a postcode lottery. The average time in London is 28 minutes. It’s a fraction of that in the City, but in the Rainham and Wennington areas of Havering the journey takes nearly an hour.