Last month, the Government approved £500m of funding to be made available to develop a new specialist acute hospital facility for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The decision about the location of the new specialist acute hospital will be made following public consultation. This council will continue to strongly promote Epsom Hospital as the best location for this new facility, as well as the further enhancement of key services at Epsom Hospital, to serve the residents of the borough.
Councillor Barry Nash, Chairman of Community and Wellbeing Committee, said “It is great news that the government has recognised this area needs new hospital facilities, which will provide residents of Epsom and Ewell with access to a world-class emergency healthcare facility.
“This is good news for the residents of Epsom and Ewell, as it will fund not only the creation of a new acute facility at either Epsom, Royal Marsden or St Helier Hospital, but it will also provide funding for renovation work to Epsom Hospital and this new funding is in addition to the money already committed for improvements at Epsom Hospital.
“Since the news broke, I have been in contact with senior people within the NHS Trust, stressing this council’s belief that the new acute facility needs to be located in Epsom.
“Whilst the decision on the location is still to be made by NHS England after the consultation period, I have received repeated assurances that whatever the location of the new major acute unit, Epsom and Ewell residents will still be able to continue to access quality local healthcare, including a greater range of specialist services at Epsom Hospital into the future”.
Information from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
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