Press Release from Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
The Government confirmed that hundreds of millions of pounds of funding is to be made available for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust to develop a new major acute hospital.
This multi-million pound investment will transform patient care for the 500,000 people who use the Trust’s services, greatly improve the experience of the 6,000 committed staff working in the hospitals and secure a long term and sustainable future for hospital services in our area. It will allow the Trust to create a state-of-the-art hospital facilities for the sickest patients, invest in and refurbish the older parts of all our hospital buildings (which are currently not fit for modern healthcare), and support the medical workforce to improve staffing levels and patient care.
Peter Seaward – BRA Chairman
At the 2018 Bookhams Residents’ Association AGM Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, was a guest speaker a question was asked about the location of the acute facility and if this was to be St Helier then due to the distance involved, if people in Bookham wished to do so they could come under the Royal Surrey in Guildford. Mr Elkeles agreed to facilitate this.
We now understand from Mr Elkeles that no final decision has yet been made on the location of the acute facility but a consultation process will take place with local people and this will take place in the coming weeks.
Chris Grayling MP for Epsom & Ewell has also issued the following statement:
You may have seen that over the weekend the Government announced a multi-billion pound programme of hospital upgrades and modernisation around the country over the next few years. As part of the announcement it said that around £500 million would be allocated to the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust to modernise our local hospitals.
Clearly this is good news for us locally, as it will mean state-of-the-art modern facilities for patients in this area. But it does have potential implications for the future of Epsom Hospital.
As I have mentioned in previous bulletins locally, the NHS leadership in South West London and Surrey has decided that it wants to build a new specialist hospital to provide all the more complex treatments for our area. It has done a substantial amount of feasibility work, and although it has been clear that it has not chosen between Epsom, St Helier and the old Sutton Hospital site as a location for the proposed centre, its preference is to create a new centre at Sutton. This would be integrated with the Royal Marsden Hospital, and would provide an emergency centre for serious conditions as well as a leading facility for all aspects of cancer treatment.
For those who do not know the Sutton site, it is at Belmont, just beyond the roundabout at the end of the dual carriageway section of the A217 which runs north from the Banstead roundabout.
I will continue to argue that the new facility should be at Epsom, which is at the centre of the geographic area served by the Trust. I will strongly oppose moving services to St Helier, as I have done many times over the past eighteen years whenever such a move has been proposed.
But I also want to get your opinions about the Sutton alternative, which does clearly have benefits.
I should say that in all circumstances Epsom Hospital will remain open, and wherever the new acute unit is sited, Epsom will retain most of its existing services. Part of the new money will be used to modernise the Epsom site, and the existing buildings are likely to become a centre for treating the frail elderly, potentially with an increase to the number of beds on the site.
So this debate is not about whether Epsom will close. That is not going to happen. But it could be about whether some of the high-end services move to a new centre at Sutton alongside the Marsden.
A major Government investment in hospital services locally is clearly good news for this area and will improve patient care. But it does also beg questions for us about how and where it is done.
I would really appreciate your thoughts on this. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what you think.
Chris Grayling MP