What are we trying to achieve?
We want to make sure local people have the best quality health services for generations to come, in modern, safe buildings with the majority of services provided on both hospital sites and in the community, close to people’s homes.
What are we proposing?
We have developed three potential options where we build a new facility for our sickest and most at-risk patients (the services we call major acute services) on either Epsom, St Helier or Sutton hospital site.
The majority of services will continue to be delivered from both Epsom and St Helier hospital sites, regardless of any other changes. These are the things we often go to hospital for including non-emergency urgent care, outpatient appointments, tests like scans or bloods, antenatal and postnatal maternity clinics, chemotherapy, dialysis and day surgery.
A small number of services do need to change to make sure our most experienced doctors are available to care for our sickest and most at-risk patients – we call these major acute services. These services need to stay together and they are: A&E, acute medicine, critical care, emergency surgery, maternity and paediatrics.
We need all our staff, all the beds and all our hospitals in the local area.
Why are we doing this?
We are looking to address the significant challenges at Epsom and St Helier hospitals around clinical standards, finances and estates.
Many of the buildings were built before the NHS existed and are not fit for purpose, the Trust is the only one in south West London that cannot meet set clinical standards and it has a growing financial deficit, which means the Trust cannot take the necessary action to address the other challenges.
GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and other clinical professionals in the area have put together the vision and the new clinical model based on evidence and best practice, to make sure we can deliver high quality healthcare in the future.