Healthcare bosses "confident" they will have money to expand should St Helier Hospital lose vital services

Wimbledon Guardian: Healthcare bosses "confident" they will have money to expand should St Helier Hospital lose vital services Healthcare bosses "confident" they will have money to expand should St Helier Hospital lose vital services

Healthcare bosses are "confident" they will have the money to expand existing services should St Helier Hospital lose its vital services.

Last week the Better Services Better Value (BSBV) put forward its preferred model for the future shape of health services in south west London recommending that St Helier lose its accident and emergency and maternity departments.

Under its recommendations St Helier will retain a stand-alone urgent care centre which could treat up to half of current A&E patients.

It has also proposed a planned care centre at St Helier Hospital for non-emergency surgery for patients across south west London and said they plan to deliver more services in GP surgeries and people's homes.

Services at Kingston, Croydon and St Georges will be "expanded" at a cost of more than £100m in a bid to save an extra £15.9m per year.

To fund the expansion, St Georges will have to find an additional £69m, Croydon £40.1 and Kingston £5.5m.

Dr Howard Freeman, a Merton GP and joint medical director for BSBV said: "We are fairly confident that the money will be made available to us from the Department of Health.

"Despite what people might think the NHS is an integrated care service. "We would not be going out to public consultation if we werent confident we had it."

Dr Freeman admitted wards were already "crowded" but said he was convinced there was sufficient space to expand.

He said: "Theres going to be changes on all the sites and in the community and there will be a fair amount of services moving around.

"We have been assured that there is space to deliver these services on these sites.

"All the hospitals will continue to expand in different ways."

If approved by the joint boards on September 27, the plans will go forward for a three month public consultation on October 1. 

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11:09pm Wed 5 Sep 12

shellsbells7 says...

Disgusting! I am a local Carshalton resident, I was born at this hospital and so were both of my children. These services are essential in this area, regardless of what 'officials' may say, who I might add do NOT live anywhere near here! They spent a ridiculous amount of money only 3 years ago re-vamping the maternity unit at St Helier to create the fabulous birthing centre and now they are talking about it's closure! I for one don't drive so getting to A&E and the maternity units at either St George's, Mayday or Kingston will be a nightmare, especially in an emergency, next they will be complaining about us using the ambulance service! I'm completely against this closure, as are a considerable amount of other local people. SAVE ST HELIER SERVICES!
Disgusting! I am a local Carshalton resident, I was born at this hospital and so were both of my children. These services are essential in this area, regardless of what 'officials' may say, who I might add do NOT live anywhere near here! They spent a ridiculous amount of money only 3 years ago re-vamping the maternity unit at St Helier to create the fabulous birthing centre and now they are talking about it's closure! I for one don't drive so getting to A&E and the maternity units at either St George's, Mayday or Kingston will be a nightmare, especially in an emergency, next they will be complaining about us using the ambulance service! I'm completely against this closure, as are a considerable amount of other local people. SAVE ST HELIER SERVICES! shellsbells7

8:17am Thu 6 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

I have no confidence in these NHS Bosses. It's all pie in the sky that their changes will work they say but no flesh on the bone as for details eg how the vital life saving haematology services will be provided for all the different types of need and urgencies of need, co-ordination of outpatient, inpatient and day patient services, exactly what extra will be provided in "the community" and solutions for patient transport problems. It's disgusting that they've picked THEIR option not ours which requires the most money to CLOSE down our St. Helier services. Why should Sutton residents and patients face extra travel and stress rather than the Tootingites?
What happens when there are contingencies that require the temporary shut down of St. George's eg, fire, flood, epidemic, major incidents like train or air crashes, terrorist action, hospital epidemic of infection? Why should we share the "confidence" of these unknown "bosses" many of whom are due soon to be disbanded and return to their day jobs so you have no come back on them when it does not work for you and the changes are irreversible? If this changes are pushed through I suggest the public and voters use their muscle by not voting for any politician who failed to stop it and refusing to travel to St. George's ie opt for Epsom or more convenient location instead. The "Bosses" can try to lead a patient horse to water but.......".
I have no confidence in these NHS Bosses. It's all pie in the sky that their changes will work they say but no flesh on the bone as for details eg how the vital life saving haematology services will be provided for all the different types of need and urgencies of need, co-ordination of outpatient, inpatient and day patient services, exactly what extra will be provided in "the community" and solutions for patient transport problems. It's disgusting that they've picked THEIR option not ours which requires the most money to CLOSE down our St. Helier services. Why should Sutton residents and patients face extra travel and stress rather than the Tootingites? What happens when there are contingencies that require the temporary shut down of St. George's eg, fire, flood, epidemic, major incidents like train or air crashes, terrorist action, hospital epidemic of infection? Why should we share the "confidence" of these unknown "bosses" many of whom are due soon to be disbanded and return to their day jobs so you have no come back on them when it does not work for you and the changes are irreversible? If this changes are pushed through I suggest the public and voters use their muscle by not voting for any politician who failed to stop it and refusing to travel to St. George's ie opt for Epsom or more convenient location instead. The "Bosses" can try to lead a patient horse to water but.......". Michael Pantlin

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