The STP refers to a starting point of four acute sites for SWL. Does this mean that Epsom would lose services or close?
No. We are not making any site-specific proposals or proposing hospital closures. The services provided at Epsom Hospital will need to be discussed and agreed with commissioners in Surrey Heartlands.
We know that the needs of our patients are for many more services to provided in the community rather than in hospital, so we will be looking to bring about a shift in this direction, with much more focus on primary and community care and a closer relationship with the social care services provided by local authorities. This means that all our hospitals would focus much more on providing high quality secondary care to those who need it. But we are not making any recommendations about individual hospitals. This is part of the discussion we need to have with local people.