Trust Board and GPs give green light to Sutton Hospital changes

Sutton Guardian: Some services will be transferred from Sutton Hospital Some services will be transferred from Sutton Hospital

Plans to transfer some of the services from the Sutton Hospital site to Epsom and St Helier hospitals has been given the green light by the Trust Board and Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group.

The changes will improve the services offered to patients and improve the working environment for staff, while also helping the Trust to balance the books.

The trust aim to move the services with as little disruption to patients as possible and around three quarters of patients will have a similar journey or will benefit from a shorter journey following the changes.

An extra £4.5million will assist with the moving of the services into upgraded facilities at both hospitals.

Chief Operating Officer, Jackie Sullivan, said: "This is excellent news for our patients and staff as it will allow us to maintain the full range of clinical services we currently provide, invest in better quality surroundings at St Helier and Epsom, and for many people, provide care closer to where they live."

It is planned to stage the moves over a six month period from February to August next year.

Dr Brendan Hudson, Chair of Sutton CCG said: “We have worked closely with the Trust to ensure that these moves will benefit patients with an improved healthcare environment and, for a number of people, care closer to home.

"The service move will bring together a comprehensive eye clinic and casualty at St Helier Hospital while retaining the very busy blood taking clinic at Sutton Hospital."

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12:21pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Well they would, wouldn't they? Never mind what the patients think. I like Sutton Hospital which is in a much more pleasant setting that St. Helier. Patricia Hewitt the former failure of a Health Secretary sabotagued a great generally agreed plan a few years back to build a new St. Helier Hospital on land next to Royal Marsden which would offer better seamless care for those found to have cancer. Now the site will be lost to provide more housing for more people forcing themselves in to the country to compound the over-population problems and who themselves will require health services. Carshalton War Memorial Hospital, Banstead Hospital, Belmont Hospital, Chiltern mental health wards, mental health resource centres all shut down over the past few years and now A&E and Maternity etc to follow them. And what's in it's place? Not much with GP surgeries shut evening and weekends and a costly means-tested care system. Don't try to tell me things are being made better for patients. Pah!
Well they would, wouldn't they? Never mind what the patients think. I like Sutton Hospital which is in a much more pleasant setting that St. Helier. Patricia Hewitt the former failure of a Health Secretary sabotagued a great generally agreed plan a few years back to build a new St. Helier Hospital on land next to Royal Marsden which would offer better seamless care for those found to have cancer. Now the site will be lost to provide more housing for more people forcing themselves in to the country to compound the over-population problems and who themselves will require health services. Carshalton War Memorial Hospital, Banstead Hospital, Belmont Hospital, Chiltern mental health wards, mental health resource centres all shut down over the past few years and now A&E and Maternity etc to follow them. And what's in it's place? Not much with GP surgeries shut evening and weekends and a costly means-tested care system. Don't try to tell me things are being made better for patients. Pah! Michael Pantlin

4:01pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Binsanity says...

Liking a hospital because of it's setting is not a real issue. A site is not lost if it provides much needed housing. Get back to the real issue and keep St Helliers open in it's entirety, serving our local community as it has done splendidly for many years. To easy to get side tracked by these committees and local council directives. St Helliers has served us in the past and should do in the future, with it's structure still in place.
Liking a hospital because of it's setting is not a real issue. A site is not lost if it provides much needed housing. Get back to the real issue and keep St Helliers open in it's entirety, serving our local community as it has done splendidly for many years. To easy to get side tracked by these committees and local council directives. St Helliers has served us in the past and should do in the future, with it's structure still in place. Binsanity

1:40pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Binsanity wrote:
Liking a hospital because of it's setting is not a real issue. A site is not lost if it provides much needed housing. Get back to the real issue and keep St Helliers open in it's entirety, serving our local community as it has done splendidly for many years. To easy to get side tracked by these committees and local council directives. St Helliers has served us in the past and should do in the future, with it's structure still in place.
A few years back it used to be called St Helliers on the destination blind of one of the local route 151 buses that pass the door but probably put right now because |I haven't seen it lately.
[quote][p][bold]Binsanity[/bold] wrote: Liking a hospital because of it's setting is not a real issue. A site is not lost if it provides much needed housing. Get back to the real issue and keep St Helliers open in it's entirety, serving our local community as it has done splendidly for many years. To easy to get side tracked by these committees and local council directives. St Helliers has served us in the past and should do in the future, with it's structure still in place.[/p][/quote]A few years back it used to be called St Helliers on the destination blind of one of the local route 151 buses that pass the door but probably put right now because |I haven't seen it lately. Michael Pantlin

2:56pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Marie from Sutton says...

Staff at Sutton Hospital were told, over a year ago, that they were moving over to either Epsom or St Helier Hospitals in order to make over £3m saving to the Trust.
The last move is supposed to be at the end of this week. The only remaining service will be the eye department.
So, please do not write an article with words such as "plan to, will" as if the decision was recent".
As for "some of the staff" they were moved from St Helier a couple of years ago to decant from Fergusson House that was supposed to be pulled down for a new built. and they are now moving again back to St Helier at a cost of thousand of pounds.
Disgraceful.
Staff at Sutton Hospital were told, over a year ago, that they were moving over to either Epsom or St Helier Hospitals in order to make over £3m saving to the Trust. The last move is supposed to be at the end of this week. The only remaining service will be the eye department. So, please do not write an article with words such as "plan to, will" as if the decision was recent". As for "some of the staff" they were moved from St Helier a couple of years ago to decant from Fergusson House that was supposed to be pulled down for a new built. and they are now moving again back to St Helier at a cost of thousand of pounds. Disgraceful. Marie from Sutton

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