Public Meeting: Epsom & St Helier Hospitals 2020 - 2030
Monday 18th September 2017 from 7pm until 9pm at Bourne Hall, Ewell.
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will be hosting an open public meeting to provide information about the current discussions of Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and how services could be shaped in 2020 and beyond.
Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive, Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust will present: Epsom & St. Helier 2020- 2030 - providing high-quality Healthcare services from 2020- 2030. Visit www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk to find out more. See Daniel Elkeles' response to Brian Angus's letter of concern below.
Comment: There appear to be no plans to hold a similar meeting for residents in north Mole Valley and perhaps once again we are being ignored in favour of residents in south London despite the fact that Epsom Hospital is a key facility for the large population in this north Mole Valley Area of Ashtead, Leatherhead, Fetcham, the Bookhams, Effingham and Dorking. Residents are urged to try to attend to ensure our concerns are being properly considered. In the past similar meetings have been "talk talk" and not "listen listen" and we need to ensure our voices are being heard.
1 day later - coincidence?
The following email has been received from Healthwatch Surrey advising of a public meeting to be held at Epsom Queens Stand saying this will give Surrey residents the opportunity to influence where the new health facility for the sickest people will be built. Go to the following links for futher information:
The Ashtead Residents' Association joins with local RAs and other concerned parties in writing re the future of Epsom Hospital
We are releasing today a joint letter signed by officers of many of Epsom & Ewell and neighbouring Residents’ Associations and others with a deep understanding of our local hospitals and communities, in response to Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust ‘Involvement document’. For the full text of the letter please follow this link.
The initiative comes from Brian Angus of Ewell Village Residents' Association and this is fully supported by the ARA and many other local Associations. Leatherhead, Bookham and Fetcham Residents' Associations are likely to follow suit and write supporting this initiative when the combined group of local RA Chairmen meet shortly.
Epsom & St. Helier Trust Update - 21st August 2017
The following has been received by Ashtead's PPGs and relates to Epsom & St Helier Hospitals. It gives Ashtead residents the opportunity to comment directly to the Trust and residents are encouraged to read the text below, look at the web site, video and booklet and respond to the questions asked.
Chris Grayling MP has this to say about the alleged "consultation."
I promised to come back to you about the current public engagement exercise by the Epsom and St Helier Trust about the future of local hospital services.
Firstly, it has been clarified to me that this is not a proper consultation exercise, and that the NHS is nowhere near making any decisions even about whether it will make changes to the current hospital set-up in South West London. It’s pretty clear that the Epsom and St Helier Trust has ploughed ahead with this exercise with little or no enthusiasm from other parts of the NHS about what it is doing. I have been assured that the outcome of the discussion will have little or no bearing on future decision making.
This is probably fortunate, as the questionnaire put out by the Trust is extremely vague, and the timing, in August, is very poorly chosen if the public are to have a proper chance of expressing a view. I have questioned this with the Chairman of the Trust, as it feels as if the questions have been designed to secure vague answers that allow work to continue with a veneer of public approval.
I have always said that I support improvements to healthcare for our area, and I have also always said that if there were a genuinely credible plan for a new hospital, it would at least merit a serious discussion locally. But this exercise is not that credible plan. Crucially there is no commitment from the NHS to the principle of funding a brand new hospital in SW London, where in recent years the push has been to reduce and not increase the number of hospital sites. There are a whole range of other unanswered questions about the detail of this.
I remain as committed as ever to Epsom’s future, as it seems is the NHS in Surrey. It is a part of Surrey’s strategy going forward. It needs some improvement to its buildings, but it is doing a very good job for patients at the moment and I do not want that to change. I get far far more praise than concern about care at the hospital, and that is a real tribute to its staff. I believe that Epsom’s future will prove to be as part of the NHS in the county.
It would be easy to ignore the current exercise, as it does seem to be of little actual importance. However if you want to raise concerns, you can write to:
Chief Executive of the Trust at St Helier Hospital
Carshalton SM5 1AA
The two points I would ask you to make:
• are the questions he is asking the public over the summer period much too vague to give proper answers about the future.
• that our community remains committed to retaining acute services in Epsom.
With best wishes
Dear Patient First member
Our passion and aim is to provide the very best of health and care to our patients and communities. It's our mission to provide great care to every patient, every day.
We want to provide high quality healthcare services for the future – well beyond 2020.
We have very committed staff and are achieving some great things, but we face some major challenges – our hospital buildings are old (some predate antibiotics), and 43% of our buildings are functionally unsuitable to deliver healthcare.
We want to ensure we have the best services locally and to do this we need to make the case for an investment of £300 to £400 million. This will ensure we have local hospitals into the future and will enable our dedicated clinical teams to meet more care standards, providing care in buildings which we believe local people deserve.
We have discussed what changes need to be made in the future with clinicians. We want to keep services local and 85% of patients will see no change to where they receive their care, although they will be seen in improved facilities.
We want to build a specialist facility for acutely sick patients, where majors A&E, inpatient beds for children, births, and complex emergency surgery is delivered on one site. This would ensure we meet and exceed the new quality standards.
We have a number of materials available on our website (https://www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/epsom-and-st-helier-2020-2030) including a short 10 minute video with our current thinking to secure hospital services at Epsom and St Helier for 2020 to 2030.
We have also produced a detailed booklet and are asking as many people as possible to get involved. We would like to know what you think in response to the following questions (which are also contained in the booklet):
1) Do you agree with our aim to provide as much care as possible from our existing hospital sites at St Helier and Epsom and do this by working more closely with the other local health and care providers?
2) Do you think we have made the case that we will improve patient care by bringing together our services for our sickest or most at-risk patients on a new specialist acute facility on one site?
3) We have set out several scenarios on how we can do this. Do you think we should consider any other scenarios?
4) How would you like to be involved in these discussions in the future?
5) Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Many thanks in advance for getting involved. You can either reply to this email or have your say online (where you can also pledge your support, read our booklet and watch the video we have produced).
Lisa Thomson, Director of Communications and Patient Experience
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust