Epsom and St Helier trust to close Sutton Hospital two years early

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The Epsom and St Helier trust is proposing to close Sutton hospital two years ahead of plan - but has said it will not affect the £219m redevelopment of St Helier Hospital.

Sutton hospital is half empty but treats about 1,500 patients a week, has around 200 members of staff, day surgery and an eye unit.

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The trust intended to move these services out of Sutton hospital in 2017-18 after using it to temporarily house services displaced from St Helier hospital - which was supposed to be undergoing a £219m redevelopment as approved by the government in 2010.

However the Better Services Better Value (BSBV) healthcare review, widely expected to recommend the downgrade of both Epsom and St Helier hospitals, has severly delayed St Helier's redevelopment because of the uncertainty surrounding what services will be based there.

The announcement of the premature closure of Sutton hospital has alarmed campaigners with Tom Brake, the MP for Carshalton and Wallington, contacting the trust to seek assurances that it will not create any new obstacles for the rebuild of St Helier.

Paul Burstow the MP for Sutton and Cheam said: "There is no doubt that BSBV has caused huge uncertainty for the team at St Helier.

"Consolidating services on fewer sites was always part of the plan (for the £219m redevelopment) and bringing it forward in this way is a sign that St Helier is determined to shape events rather just be buffeted by them."

The trust is proposing to move out of Sutton Hospital within a year to eighteen months and eventually sell the site - although it is not known when that will be.

It is expected the trust could save at least £3.6m a year by moving out of Sutton; helping them in their fight their deficit - which was £12.1m at the end of last year.

The trust's chief executive, Matthew Hopkins, said as part of the redevelopment of St Helier Hospital there were other options open to the trust including making better use of St Helier an Epsom hospitals or using other facilities in the local area.

He added: "Moreover, this new plan is about moving off the site to gain the advantage of consolidation and not having to pay capital charges.  As such, we would still own the Sutton Hospital site and, therefore, could use it for the decant if the other options weren't possible."

When asked for reassurances on the £219m promised to St Helier a Department for Health spokesman said it was giving full consideration to the plans and a decision will be made in due course.

A spokesman for the BSBV review said the services that are at St Helier Hospital in the future will depend on the outcome of the BSBV review.

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11:57am Thu 25 Apr 13

Marie from Sutton says...

The merry-go-round goes 'round and 'round,
The children laughed and laughed and laughed,
So many were going 'round and 'round,
That the merry-go-round collapsed.
The merry-go-round goes 'round and 'round, The children laughed and laughed and laughed, So many were going 'round and 'round, That the merry-go-round collapsed. Marie from Sutton

2:21pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Sir David Nicholson, the man with the blood of 1,000 deaths at North Staffs Hospital on his watch is at the head of this mess and I've received confirmation from my MP that the Coalition does not want him to resign or be fired and to stay and finish his "job".
Sir David Nicholson, the man with the blood of 1,000 deaths at North Staffs Hospital on his watch is at the head of this mess and I've received confirmation from my MP that the Coalition does not want him to resign or be fired and to stay and finish his "job". Michael Pantlin

2:29pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Michael Pantlin says...

" bringing it forward in this way is a sign that St Helier is determined to shape events rather just be buffeted by them."
I suppose that's the same technique being employed when you are expelled with indecent haste from A&E or AMU before you are properly recovered.
" bringing it forward in this way is a sign that St Helier is determined to shape events rather just be buffeted by them." I suppose that's the same technique being employed when you are expelled with indecent haste from A&E or AMU before you are properly recovered. Michael Pantlin

2:32pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Michael Pantlin says...

The £3.6 million saved by shutting Sutton Hospital would pay for nearly half a Thatcher funeral.
The £3.6 million saved by shutting Sutton Hospital would pay for nearly half a Thatcher funeral. Michael Pantlin

3:37pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Marie from Sutton says...

Sutton Hospital can revert back to its formal and original use: Workhouses for the poor and sure that we would be able to fill up the place up to capacity pretty quickly.
Sutton Hospital can revert back to its formal and original use: Workhouses for the poor and sure that we would be able to fill up the place up to capacity pretty quickly. Marie from Sutton

10:16pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Looking like someone's decided there will be no hospitals left in the area just a few polyclinics and pay as you go private facilities.
Looking like someone's decided there will be no hospitals left in the area just a few polyclinics and pay as you go private facilities. Michael Pantlin

3:23pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Marie from Sutton says...

Not much need of a hospital soon as the new poors from cuts in housing, welfare payments and high energy costs will either starve or freeze to death or both. Any policy has a long term view and outcome.
And how about a new war in Iran, Lybia or North Korea to restart the economy?
Not much need of a hospital soon as the new poors from cuts in housing, welfare payments and high energy costs will either starve or freeze to death or both. Any policy has a long term view and outcome. And how about a new war in Iran, Lybia or North Korea to restart the economy? Marie from Sutton

3:58pm Fri 26 Apr 13

CPN says...

I cannot think of any body with a more inappropriate name than "Better Services Better Value"
I cannot think of any body with a more inappropriate name than "Better Services Better Value" CPN

2:50pm Fri 10 May 13

Daniel Dunican says...

Why is it the tax paper that us yeah, that's paying for it has no vote in the future of these services. Because the money goes straight into the MPs wallets.
Why is it the tax paper that us yeah, that's paying for it has no vote in the future of these services. Because the money goes straight into the MPs wallets. Daniel Dunican

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