In September 2019, the Improving Healthcare Together 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 hospital facility would bring together six services for the most unwell patients, as well as births in hospital.

The Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030 programme is led by experienced GPs from NHS Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who are responsible for planning care for patients and communities.

We want to make sure the very best quality of care is available to our patients and communities, and that it is sustainable into the future from buildings which are fit for purpose.

A public consultation was launched on Wednesday 8 January and members of the public are being asked for their views.

The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton have put forward Sutton as their preferred option for the location of the facility, but are clear that all three options could be delivered.

All three options would see the majority of services (85%) staying at Epsom Hospital and at St Helier Hospital, with an investment of at least £80 million in the current buildings. Both hospitals would run round the clock, 365 days a year, with urgent treatment centres, inpatient and outpatient services.

The consultation ends on Wednesday 1 April 2020 and no decisions will be made on the future of Epsom and St Helier hospitals until the spring or summer when the CCGs will consider the views of local people and all the clinical and financial evidence.

Your feedback on this consultation will help us provide safe, high-quality hospital services for our communities and for future generations across Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton

 

Where can I find more information?

To find out more about the proposals and how you can share your views, please visit the Improving Healthcare Together website where lots of documents are available to read and download including the full consultation document, summary consultation document and frequently asked questions. You can also see a full list of public event dates taking place across Surrey, Merton and Sutton where you can meet a member of the IHT team and talk about the proposals. For a document in a different format or another language, call (02038 800 271) (24-hour answer machine) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

How do I share my views as part of the consultation?

There are a number of ways you can share your views including via an online questionnaire, completing a hard copy questionnaire, writing to a freepost address, sending an email and texting to a freephone text number. Full details can be found on the Improving Healthcare Together website.