The future of local emergency healthcare
As we have previously highlighted, 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
We 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 our view is that the best situation for our residents and for others working, studying and visiting this borough, is for the new facility to be based in Epsom.
We 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, we are holding our own separate public event to focus on the implications of the proposals for this borough. The outcome of this event will steer our formal response to the consultation. You are invited to attend the meeting - see the details below.