The main reason we need to change our hospital services is to make sure our hospitals provide high quality, safe services for all patients for the long term. We want to make sure that, wherever possible, patients are seen by the right person at the right time in the right place. At the moment, we know that this is not always happening.
All our hospital staff work extremely hard to deliver the very best service to our patients across Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton. However, it is becoming more difficult to make sure that we have enough doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff to provide a 24 hours a day, 365 day a year service at both our hospitals. We have also had to recruit temporary staff that are not as familiar with our hospitals and have therefore needed additional support.