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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Epsom’s MP is urging residents to ignore a consultation that’s been launched at the town’s hospital

In his newsletter, Chris Grayling says the hospital Trust has "ploughed ahead" with an exercise that won’t impact on future decisions about the site.

He also says a questionnaire put out by the trust “is extremely vague,” and the timing, in August, is “poorly chosen” as many are away.

The Epsom and St Helier 2020-2030 campaign was launched in July.

The aim is to find out what people think would be best for the long term future of the two sites.

That includes the possibility of creating a new and additional specialist facility for acutely sick patients.

Major units like A&E, inpatient beds for children, births and complex emergency surgery would also be delivered on one site.

Statement from Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust

Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles said: “We are a strong performing Trust with a lot to be proud of, and in recent years have become much safer, improved the quality of our care, recruited hundreds more frontline clinical staff and stabilised our finances. But the fact is, we are held back by the set up and repair of our ageing buildings, and know that we cannot continue as we are now for generations to come.

“That’s exactly why we recently launched an engagement campaign to get people talking about the long term future of our hospitals.

"It is very helpful that one of our MPs has said that a genuinely credible plan for a new hospital would merit a serious conversation, because that is exactly what this engagement exercise is designed to be the first step in achieving. We need £300-400 million to build a state-of-the- art specialist acute hospital facility, which we believe is what the people of Epsom and all our catchment deserve. 85% of our patients would continue to be seen and cared for as they are now, and those most at risk or acutely sick would benefit from a dedicated facility where they can be seen and treated quickly by our most senior clinical staff.

"To secure this level of funding, we firstly need to discuss our future with our local communities and gain their support for our aspirations of keeping services local and having a specialist acute facility on one of our sites.

“I would urge everyone to respond to our engagement questions, which were written to find out if people think we have made the case for bringing together acute facilities on one site, whether they agree that the vast majority (85%) of services should stay local and if people have anything else to suggest. We have made a video, available on our website, that contains the background information and sets out our case, and are holding a series of open events at Epsom and St Helier where people can join us for a brief presentation and then have an exclusive look around out estate in order to see some of the challenges our old buildings present to us.”

Those events are taking place on:

• Wednesday 13th of September from 5.30pm in the Whitehall Lecture Theatre at St Helier
• Thursday 14th of September from 5.30pm in the Lecture Theatre at Epsom
• Wednesday 20th of September from 5.30pm in the Whitehall Lecture Theatre at St Helier
• Thursday 21st of September from 5.30pm Lecture Theatre at Epsom.

Daniel added: “In addition, two of our other local MPs are holding events where we will be presenting our ideas. Tom Brake (MP for Carshalton and Wallington) will be hosting an event at Strawberry Lodge in Carshalton on Thursday 31 August from 7pm, and Paul Scully (MP for Sutton and Cheam) is set to hold a public meeting in the coming weeks – details will be announced shortly. Our three local Healthwatch organisations will also be holding meetings where you can hear more about our plans, the first of which will be Healthwatch Sutton’s AGM on Tuesday 5 September, starting at 4.30pm.

“We launched this work in early July, and will be running this first phase until the end of September – we hope that gives local people plenty of time to consider our position so far, and have their say about the information we have laid out in our video, leaflet, and booklet. And don’t forget, we want to talk to as many people as possible about this, so if you would like us to join one of your community meetings, please let me know by email at [email protected]
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:32 am  

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