Yes, 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.
There are no proposals to close any existing hospitals. Our plans are not about taking services away, they are all about keeping them in the combined geographies of the CCGs (Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton). It is all about investing for the future and ensuring that acute services remain in the combined catchment area for years to come.
All clinicians have come together – GPs and hospital – to develop the clinical model.
The proposals mean that the services which local people regularly use such as outpatients, diagnostics and urgent care for minor injuries will remain local and available, as they are now from both Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.
It is only those acute services (Majors in A&E, acute medicine, critical care, emergency surgery, inpatient paediatrics and hospital births) where the proposal is to bring them together to deliver improvements in care and outcomes for patients. This could be at either Epsom, St Helier or Sutton hospital site.
This will mean patients have access to the right specialists at the right time, which means they will have a better outcome for their health. The hospitals will be able to provide better clinical standards for our sickest patients and those most at risk of becoming seriously ill, with consultant cover that meets regional and national safety standards. We will be able to invest in the latest technology to support treatment and care, in new, modern facilities.
Our clinical model has now been reviewed by the the independent Clinical Senates from London and the South East.