Epsom Hospital is one of three in the region whose A&Es are under review by NHS England because keeping them all open in the long-term is “not sustainable”.
The hospital is involved in an ongoing five-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for the Surrey Heartlands area which includes 10 other hospital trusts.
Because it is partnered with St Helier Hospital, which falls into the south West London area, Epsom is also being considered as part of an STP in that region.
The STPs are looking at all services and how any duplication can be avoided. In the Surrey Heartlands area there are two other hospitals – St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey (part of the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford – that have A&Es.
In the south west London area there are three hospitals, along with St Helier, that have A&Es. These are Croydon University Hospital, St George’s Hospital and Kingston Hospital.
Full story in The Surrey Mirror, 22 February 2017