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New hospital for Epsom and St Helier

The government has committed to invest £500 million to refurbish outdated hospital buildings at both Epsom and St Helier, and to build a new emergency hospital as part of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust. There is now a public consultation underway to hear feedback from NHS staff, patients and residents on the proposals.

17 March 2020

Dr Jayne Wood, Divisional Medical Director, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The Royal Marsden strongly supports the NHS’s preferred option to build the new specialist emergency care hospital next to The Royal Marsden in Sutton."  

"The site we already share with Epsom and St Helier is benefitting from major investment from The Royal Marsden, the Institute of Cancer Research and London Borough of Sutton to create a global hub for state-of-the-art healthcare and research, and a vibrant community of scientists and healthcare professionals."

"By being co-located with The Royal Marsden and our £90 million treatment facility opening in 2022, the Oak Cancer Centre, people in Epsom and St Helier with possible symptoms of cancer will benefit from an integrated, streamlined pathway to provide earlier and faster diagnosis so they can begin treatment as soon as possible, with the greatest chance of survival."

The site we already share with Epsom and St Helier is benefitting from major investment from The Royal Marsden, the Institute of Cancer Research and London Borough of Sutton to create a global hub for state-of-the-art healthcare and research

Dr Jayne Wood, Divisional Medical Director, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Furthermore, the NHS’s evaluation (led by Improving Healthcare Together, a collaboration between CCGs in the area) has found that by building the new hospital in Sutton as opposed to Epsom or St Helier it would: 

  • Mean three rather than two Urgent Treatment Centres locally
  • Have the greatest benefit for the most people
  • Have the least overall impact on travel for older people and those from deprived communities, while also having the smallest increase in average travel time for the most people.
  • Be the easiest and fastest to build – taking around four years.

For more information please visit the Improving Healthcare Together website and complete the online questionnaire.