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The government has committed to invest £500 million to refurbish outdated hospital buildings at both Epsom and St Helier, and to build a new emergency hospital as part of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust.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.
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.