from Improving Healthcare Together 2020 to 2030
We are writing to let you know
that detailed proposals for investing £500 million to improve hospitals for
more than 700,000 people in Surrey, Sutton, and Merton have been published
We have been working with a wide range of experts, partners, local authority and public health colleagues, clinicians, the public and our regulators to gather research and evidence to help shape our proposals.
The draft documents have been
of representatives from the three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in
Surrey Downs, Sutton, and Merton meeting on Monday 6 January 2020 to examine
all the options and decide whether to launch a public consultation in early
January to hear local people’s views.
The proposals outline three
options, and a preferred option, for the location of a new 21st century
hospital facility to bring together services for the most unwell patients, as
well as births in hospital. 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 current buildings. Both hospitals would run 24/7, 365
days a year, with urgent treatment centres, inpatient and outpatient services.
The proposals make it clear that all three
options could be delivered by the local NHS.
The proposed preferred option for the new
state-of-the-art hospital facility is proposed to be Sutton Hospital, next to
the Royal Marsden specialist cancer hospital. The other two options would be
for the new facility to be at Epsom Hospital or St Helier Hospital. An
additional urgent treatment centre is also proposed on the Sutton Hospital site
if it were to be the location of the new hospital facility.
Also outlined, are the detailed and thorough
assessments of site options which resulted in Sutton scoring as the highest for
the location of the new hospital facility, called the ‘specialist emergency
care hospital’. Services provided at this ‘specialist emergency care hospital’
would include A&E, critical care, emergency surgery, births in hospital and
inpatient children’s beds.
The proposals explain that Sutton would have
the greatest benefit for the most people, the least overall impact on travel
for older people and those from deprived communities, while also having the
smallest increase in average travel time for the most people. A new facility at
Sutton would be the easiest and fastest to build – taking around four years,
rather than up to seven for the other two options of the specialist emergency
care hospital being built at Epsom or St Helier.
The funding for the Epsom and St Helier Trust,
announced nationally in September 2019, would address major workforce,
buildings and financial pressures: including a lack of doctors and health
specialists, and mounting costs to keep repairing buildings older than the NHS,
and fund temporary staff.
We are keen to emphasise that,
even if the CCGs agreed to launch a public consultation in early January, no
decisions would be made on the future of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals until
the Spring/Summer when CCGs would consider the views of local people gathered
during the consultation, and all the clinical and financial evidence before
making any decisions.
We would be happy to meet with
you or arrange a phone call to talk through the proposals. We will update you
on the date and duration of the consultation period if it is approved by the
three Clinical Commissioning Groups at their meeting on 6 January 2020.
Monday 6 January 2020, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Main Hall, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF
As the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups for Surrey
Downs, Sutton and Merton we are responsible for planning local healthcare
services across Surrey and South West London.
In September we were allocated £500 million to
improve the current buildings at Epsom and St Helier hospitals as well as build
a specialist emergency care hospital on one of the three sites – Epsom, St
Helier or Sutton.
We are holding a meeting in public where the three
Clinical Commissioning Groups will make a decision on whether to launch a
formal public consultation on the Improving Healthcare Together 2020 to 2030
We ask that members of the public who wish to
attend the meeting register by:
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