New Epsom and St Helier hospital given green light
As part of the Government’s health infrastructure plan to build 40 new hospitals by 2030, a state-of-the-art hospital will be built in Sutton with district health services remaining in modernised buildings at Epsom and St Helier.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: "This new hospital will be transformational for patients and staff at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust and the wider community. I look forward to seeing the hospital take shape over the coming months and years, and hope that the public will be as involved as possible in shaping the new services. This new hospital is one of 40 we are building up and down the country by 2030, as part of our £3.7 billion hospital building programme."
Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive, Epsom and St Helier University Hospital Trust, said: "We welcome the advice from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, and are delighted that the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has agreed that we should proceed with investing £500 million in a new hospital at Sutton, and in Epsom and St Helier hospitals.
"We are now proceeding at full speed to design the new hospitals and will soon be engaging with our local communities on the new hospital facilities. All being well we aim to have builders on site in Sutton in Spring 2022, with a new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital opening in 2025."
Following public consultation in the spring, the decision to build the new hospital in Sutton was referred to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel by the Health Secretary last month.
The panel considered that the proposals are in the interest of local health services and will improve health outcomes locally. The panel also advised that patients and the public should be engaged in shaping the new services in order to gain maximum benefit from them.