St Helier Hospital is to stay open and all existing services, including A&E and Maternity, will continue to be provided locally. This means our NHS trust has confirmed what Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on a recent visit: St Helier is here to stay. That is what we all want – and campaigning for it has always been my top priority for Carshalton & Wallington.
Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust now wants Sutton residents to have their say on how best to improve overall healthcare in our area. It has plans to invest up to £400 million to build a brand-new, purpose-built acute facility but needs to show there is local support for this.
Completing the short survey inside will greatly increase our chance of getting a new hospital to complement what St Helier already offers. The trust has identified three possible sites for major new facilities:
1. Epsom Hospital;
2. St Helier Hospital;
3. Co-located with the Royal Marsden in Belmont.
This means that for the first time in years, we have proposals from the NHS which do not risk local residents having to travel to St George’s in Tooting for A&E and maternity services. Instead, they will be protected and kept within the area already covered by the trust.
In further welcome news, the trust is already spending £12m on improving St Helier for patients and staff.
We are at the first stage of the process for new facilities, with the final choice of site coming later. For now, we need your views. Please complete the survey and make sure you have your say.