The government has allocated hundreds of millions of pounds of funding for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust to develop a new major acute hospital. The Trust proposes three options for the location of a new 21st century hospital facility either at Epsom, at St Helier or in Sutton.
While the Trust has a preferred option of siting the new facility in Sutton, all three options would see the majority of services (85%) staying at Epsom and St Helier hospitals, with an investment of more than £80m in the two current buildings. Both hospitals would run 24/7, 365 days a year, with urgent treatment centres, inpatient and outpatient services.
The Trust has now launched a public consultation and welcomes your views – the consultation can be accessed here: https://improvinghealthcaretogether.org.uk/
We urge all residents to take part in the consultation and recommend studying the material provided by the Trust on their website to inform their views.
The Epsom & Ewell Borough Council view
They welcome the investment in new state-of-the-art acute hospital care for residents and acknowledge that, wherever the location, this would be a major improvement for those in this borough.
However their view is that the best situation for residents and for others working, studying and visiting this borough, is for the new facility to be based in Epsom.
They continue to lobby on behalf of the borough residents and continue to request clarity on how the changes will further benefit the boroughs residents and visitors.
In addition to the consultation events arranged by the Trust, They are holding their own separate public meeting to focus on the implications of the proposals for this borough.
They are providing their residents with the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, to hear about how the proposal may affect services specific to borough residents and to ensure that borough residents have an opportunity to put their questions, views and concerns forward. The meeting will also provide an up-date on the current works being undertaken at Epsom Hospital to improve patient care.
This meeting is for Epsom and Ewell residents to hear about hospital provision in the borough, and whilst representatives of the Improving Healthcare Together Programme may be in attendance to support any questions, this meeting is for local residents and is NOT part of the public consultation being undertaken by the programme.
In order to attend this meeting, we ask that you register your attendance via the email link provided below. Please give the names of all those attending and confirm that you are a resident of the borough. Please be aware spaces may be limited due to capacity of the hall. You are also invited to submit any questions you would like put to the trust. We need to have these in advance of the meeting.
The deadline for submission and panel questions is 5pm on 14th February 2020.
Please register your attendance and panel questions at: [email protected]