Join our campaign to protect Epsom Hospital

Join our campaign to protect Epsom Hospital

Join our campaign to protect Epsom Hospital

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The Epsom Guardian today launches a campaign to protect the future of acute services at Epsom General Hospital – and we want you, the hospital users, to have your say.

The future of Epsom Hospital’s most important services – such as accident and emergency – will soon be in the hands of a consortium of GPs who will control the lion’s share of the region’s NHS budget.

While the trust has not explicitly said these services are under threat, it cannot confirm they are safe.

This has led to widespread concern from residents, politicians and campaigners who fear services could be moved to other hospitals.

But this is not something that has already been decided. We want people to know they do have a say in the matter and they can influence decisions.

The hospital’s future took an uncertain turn in December after it was announced by Epsom and St Helier the trust would separate – after almost 11 years as a combined entity – because they could not attain foundation status together.

All hospitals have been told they must achieve foundation status by 2014, and it was decided the trust’s future was not financially viable in partnership with St Helier.

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Epsom Hospital will either become a foundation trust on its own, merge with another foundation trust or team up with a non-foundation trust.

Coupled with this re-arrangement of the financial structure of the hospital, the coalition Government plans to abolish all 151 primary care trusts and hand GPs control of about 80 per cent of the £100bn NHS budget by 2013.

Criticism has also been levelled at the trust for wasting taxpayer cash.

In 2007, plans to build a £350m hospital to replace the existing buildings at Epsom and St Helier were scrapped, despite millions being spent on consultation and preparation.

And despite the trust’s assurances it would gain foundation status with St Helier, these promises were not acheived.

Governments and financial structures will come and go, but it is patients and their carers who ultimately depend upon Epsom Hospital’s services.

That is why it is so important that you are involved directly in the decisions that will determine their future.

What do you think of the possible changes? Use the form below to let us know...

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12:00pm Fri 18 Feb 11

tadorne says...

As Charlie Mole says everything the Trust tried has failed at tremendous cost.I wonder how much better the situation would be today if the money had been spent on the Hospitals.
It is essential that Epsom Hospital remains intack.I have recently had experience of A&E, Surgery and being in a ward. All were first class. Also my family were able to visit easily as we live locally.
St Helier is too far away by road in emergency and difficult to reach by public transport.
Large amouts of money have been spent on A&E, Orthopedic dept, probably other departments and equipment. To abandon these facilities makes no economic sense(unfortuneatly
this seems to happen all to frequently these days).
If the A&E dept closed and there was a major incident on the M25 I wonder if t other Hospitals would be able to give an adequate service. I beleive they are already stretched and the distance amubalances had to travel might be fatal.
The Epsom Hospital must be maintained as it is vital to the whole area.
As Charlie Mole says everything the Trust tried has failed at tremendous cost.I wonder how much better the situation would be today if the money had been spent on the Hospitals. It is essential that Epsom Hospital remains intack.I have recently had experience of A&E, Surgery and being in a ward. All were first class. Also my family were able to visit easily as we live locally. St Helier is too far away by road in emergency and difficult to reach by public transport. Large amouts of money have been spent on A&E, Orthopedic dept, probably other departments and equipment. To abandon these facilities makes no economic sense(unfortuneatly this seems to happen all to frequently these days). If the A&E dept closed and there was a major incident on the M25 I wonder if t other Hospitals would be able to give an adequate service. I beleive they are already stretched and the distance amubalances had to travel might be fatal. The Epsom Hospital must be maintained as it is vital to the whole area. tadorne
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12:06pm Sat 19 Feb 11

johntech says...

Having had recent and ongoing use of facilities at both St Helier and Epsom hospitals my wife and I have strong preference for our local hospital at Epsom. As pensioners we would find travel to St Heliers quite an ordeal.
The organisation at Epsom is considerably better of the two sites, certainly for new patients and for visitors.

As usual the organisational changes seem to baffle both patients and staff at St Helier, Epsom always seems more patient orientated.

The changes proposed over the last two years wasted so much money it is unbelievable to anyone who has experience of private commercial industry. There would have been several top level sackings without compensation awards!!

Let the two hospitals compete now for the prestige position and maybe learn from each other but never at the expense of the patient.
Having had recent and ongoing use of facilities at both St Helier and Epsom hospitals my wife and I have strong preference for our local hospital at Epsom. As pensioners we would find travel to St Heliers quite an ordeal. The organisation at Epsom is considerably better of the two sites, certainly for new patients and for visitors. As usual the organisational changes seem to baffle both patients and staff at St Helier, Epsom always seems more patient orientated. The changes proposed over the last two years wasted so much money it is unbelievable to anyone who has experience of private commercial industry. There would have been several top level sackings without compensation awards!! Let the two hospitals compete now for the prestige position and maybe learn from each other but never at the expense of the patient. johntech
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4:21pm Mon 21 Feb 11

spencer81 says...

Better Healthcare Closer to Home has,locally, wasted millions of pounds of taxpayers money with little benefit to patients. It is essential that all key facilities, including accident & emergency & maternity are maintained at Epsom Hospital. It is very difficult, time consuming and expensive for patients to travel from Epsom, Leatherhead and Dorking to either St Heliers or The Royal Surrey Hospital at Guildford. In some cases it could be a matter of life or death.
Better Healthcare Closer to Home has,locally, wasted millions of pounds of taxpayers money with little benefit to patients. It is essential that all key facilities, including accident & emergency & maternity are maintained at Epsom Hospital. It is very difficult, time consuming and expensive for patients to travel from Epsom, Leatherhead and Dorking to either St Heliers or The Royal Surrey Hospital at Guildford. In some cases it could be a matter of life or death. spencer81
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10:39pm Mon 21 Feb 11

donnao says...

It is Chris Grayling's ministerial colleagues that are pushing through these reforms without any evidence base, proper piloting, turning hospitals into foundation trusts with no limit on the number of private patients they can take in (form an orderly queue NHS patients), allowing GPs to buy the care from the private sector rather than NHS services, and re-employing the PCT managers just made redundant. All the meanwhile asking the NHS to find £20 billion in efficiency savings whilst turning the system on its head. Next time you see your own GP ask them what they think about these proposals and see if its printable. No wonder they can't give the Guardian an answer. The proposals for the NHS are a bit like my father in law's recent stay on Buckley Ward at Epsom, headless chickens trying to avoid any questions from the patients and their relatives and then they don't know the answer when you do pin them down. Good luck with the campaign lets hope another government u-turn is on its way.
It is Chris Grayling's ministerial colleagues that are pushing through these reforms without any evidence base, proper piloting, turning hospitals into foundation trusts with no limit on the number of private patients they can take in (form an orderly queue NHS patients), allowing GPs to buy the care from the private sector rather than NHS services, and re-employing the PCT managers just made redundant. All the meanwhile asking the NHS to find £20 billion in efficiency savings whilst turning the system on its head. Next time you see your own GP ask them what they think about these proposals and see if its printable. No wonder they can't give the Guardian an answer. The proposals for the NHS are a bit like my father in law's recent stay on Buckley Ward at Epsom, headless chickens trying to avoid any questions from the patients and their relatives and then they don't know the answer when you do pin them down. Good luck with the campaign lets hope another government u-turn is on its way. donnao
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