The Improving Healthcare Together 2020 to 2030 programme (IHT) was set up by NHS Surrey Heartlands and NHS South West London CCGs* in January 2018 to find the best solutions for the long-standing issues facing Epsom and St Helier hospitals.
As organisations responsible for planning, commissioning and making decisions about healthcare services for Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton areas, the two CCGs have led the development of our proposals for potential service change.
In September 2019, the IHT programme was allocated £500 million to improve the current buildings at Epsom and St Helier hospitals as well as build a new specialist emergency care hospital on one of the three sites – Epsom, St Helier or Sutton. The new 21st century facility would bring together six services for the most unwell patients, as well as births in hospital.
Following the CCGs’ decision-making meeting on the 3rd of July, the Programme has moved into its next phase which will be carried out by the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.
At this meeting, the CCGs agreed to invest £500 million to refurbish the Epsom and St Helier hospitals and build a new state of the art specialist emergency care hospital at Sutton.
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* From 1st April 2020, four CCGs in Surrey, including Surrey Downs CCG have joined together to create a new singular commissioning organisation across the area – the Surrey Heartlands CCG; Similarly, CCGs in South West London, including Sutton and Merton CCGs, have joined several other CCGs to form South West London CCG. The IHT programme addresses the reconfiguration of six major acute services within the combined geographies of the Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton areas.