Letter from Chief Executive of Epsom & St. Helier hospitals

We have received a letter from Daniel Elkeles in response to our previous letter regarding their 2010-2030 campaign (see here). We are very pleased to have received such a lengthy response to the matters raised. You can see the full text of the letter here (Letter from Chief Executive ESH trust). We have summarised a few key points below:

Daniel reiterates the trust’s commitment to Epsom hospital and to “our patients and our staff”. He mentions that this year they are in the process of a major programme of improvements at Epsom Hospital, including:

  • Bringing the first floor of Woodcote wing back into clinical use as an outpatient suite;
  • Bringing back part of the ground floor of Langley Wing back into clinical use as a new children and women outpatient suite;
  • Expanding A&E department for which they received £1 million of additional capital from the Department of Health;
  • Replacement of the washers and sterilisers for the Endoscopy suite;
  • New theatre admissions suite;
  •  Refurbishment of Northley Ward.

Much of this investment is being funded through land sale. But he points out that “whilst all this investment will enable us to keep running for now and means we will be able to honour our commitment that at least 85% of patients will always be cared for at Epsom, it will not provide the appropriate accommodation for the sickest and most at-risk patients.”

In relation to maternity services he notes that “Out obstetricians and midwifes firmly believe that if we had a single site for all 5,000 births we would be able to provide 24 hour a day 7 days a week on site cover from consultant obstetricians and anaesthetists so that we can ensure all of our women have access to the very best and safest care possible. We would locate a midwife led birthing unit along-side the medical led unit.”