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 have looked at these issues again since the STP was published and we are now taking a new approach based on each ‘Local Transformation Board’ (LTB) determining local need, rather than a ‘top down’ plan. The four LTBs (Croydon, Sutton, Kingston/Richmond and Merton/Wandsworth) are being asked to consider what their patients need, what services could be provided in the community and what each hospital should provide.
We are not making any site-specific proposals or proposing any hospital closures. The services provided at each hospital will need to be discussed locally. There is no SWL ‘top down’ plan.
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.