College Ward Residents Association

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Update on St Helier Hospital

Update from Tim Hamilton, Director of Communications for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust:

You may have heard speculation in the media that we were about to start consultation on closure of St Helier hospital. I thought it would be helpful to reassure you that this is totally inaccurate. Please see below a statement which we released yesterday morning:

Caring for our patients in years to come

Over the last few days you may have read reports claiming that there are plans for consultation on the closure of St Helier Hospital. These reports are completely inaccurate – there are no plans to close St Helier Hospital.

Last year we launched our five year strategy which outlined how we will build on our strengths and gave the commitment that both Epsom Hospital and St Helier Hospital will continue to provide consultant led, 24/7 A&E, maternity and inpatient paediatric services for five years.

Developing and publishing our five year strategy has provided certainty to our patients, public and staff on the future. As a result, we have increased the number of clinical staff by almost 350, which has in turn resulted in our agency rate being halved and our agency nurse spend reducing by 70%. However, we know that we have to look further ahead to 2020 and beyond.

The biggest challenge we now face is the state of our buildings. We published our Estates Strategy in June 2015, which reviewed our current estate and identified the challenges we face with our buildings. Our buildings are now in the 10 worst for critical infrastructure backlog maintenance in England, 43% of our clinical space is deemed not suitable to provide patient care and we have half the number of single rooms we should have to provide an infection free environment. This means we are spending more than £5m a year more than we should do on keeping our buildings safe and clean.

Replacing our buildings is going to require hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and it is important that we get this absolutely right for our patients in order that we can provide them with the highest quality of care that we can. The support of our communities will help us to secure the required funding. Therefore we have engaged extensively with hundreds of patients, local people and staff to understand what is important to them in terms of hospital buildings and facilities. It is important to be clear that, contrary to recent reports, we have not arrived at a preferred scenario and none of the potential scenarios involve closing either St Helier Hospital or Epsom Hospital.

In the next phase of the work we will need to engage people in discussions on potential scenarios. This will need to follow and complement the national planning process to implement NHS Five Year Forward View. The NHS in both South West London and Surrey Heartlands are working with their local authorities on a long term plan for local services – all NHS regions across the country are required to do this, and each region is producing a five-year plan called the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This work is being jointly carried out by local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), hospitals, community health services and mental health trusts, with the support of local councils and members of the public. In order to ensure that our estates review complements the STP vision, any further engagement on our estate will wait until this process has been completed.

We would like to apologise for any confusion or concern this may have caused, and once again assure you that there are no plans to close either Epsom or St Helier hospitals.

AGM 2016 Pictures

On Wednesday 27th April CWRA held their AGM. Daniel Elkeles, the Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals, spoke about the plans for the future of the hospital. Jon Sharpe, EEBC’s Transport and Waste Services Manager spoke about the forthcoming changes to the way our waste is going to be recycled. Afterwards all present enjoyed a drink together.

Please click on any image to enlarge it.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council Health Liaison Panel

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will be hosting an open public meeting on Monday 22 February from 7pm – 9pm at Bourne Hall to provide an update and more information about health matters locally. The Health Liaison Panel hopes to see a lot of people there. Unfortunately the event does not seem to have been well publicised.

Councillor Liz Frost, Chairman of the Council’s Health Liaison Panel, says: “We urge everyone to come along to this public meeting to hear more about the provision of some of our local health services. It is an opportunity for our residents to stay informed and up to date”.

Press release: PR15 044 Health Liaison Panel – Public meeting 22 February.pdf

College Ward News

This Bulletin gives a short update on local matters at the start of the New Year.

Nescot – Work continues apace on the site and traffic disruption is causing some problems – although we are pleased the traffic lights are not operational at night. We understand that the work on restoring the pavement has been started and we hope this will be completed soon so the footpath can be reinstated. For your information the work was extended until 11 January as Hobart Paving were waiting for BT to complete works before they could finish theirs & reinstate. The development web site is http://www.circlehillnescot.co.uk if you wish to make any comments direct.

Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – Some work required under the Stage 3 Safety Audit has been done but we are waiting to hear if everything has been completed.

Traffic on East Street – We understand that there is a two pronged attack on this one. There will be advertising proposals to time limit the gap in the yellow lines – this should coincide with the building of a layby in the location.

This will then take the parking off of the road and limit parking for shop customers.

There is also a proposal to introduce bollards to stop drivers parking up on the footway.

This should clear the parking on the road, take away the inconsiderate parking from the footway and also increase forward visibility from Chuters Grove.

Winter gritting – With cold weather promised by the forecasters keep yourself updated on Surrey Highways plans for winter gritting and maintenance. General information on Surrey Highways winter plans and preparations is on the SCC website – http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/road-maintenance-and-cleaning/salting-and-gritting . If you are a twitter user you can follow Surrey Highways at @surreytravel for up-to-date information on gritting, as well as other travel alerts for Surrey.

Proposed site for Aldi Supermarket on Old Dairy Site – as some of you will have seen a planning application for two six-bedroomed homes on top of a new store with 71 car parking spaces was lodged on to the Council on Saturday 12 December. It is hard to believe the reports from Aldi that the majority of nearly 1,000 responses (7,000 leaflets were distributed) were positive as the comments we have had from residents is that this is a mad place to put a busy supermarket with the obvious traffic concerns and that the old Tesco site in Upper High Street would have been more appropriate. We encourage everyone to look at the plans and give their views. The planning reference for this is 15/01346/FUL.

Accommodation for 77 students on Mill Road – 14/01784/FUL- we have been informed that there are issues with the developers regarding the badgers and they are in discussion with the Council.

Priest Hill Heights – the show home is now open daily from 10am to 5pm – details of the 5 & 6 bedroom detached homes with prices ranging from £1,425,000 – £1,725,000 can be viewed on the Cala Homes website.

Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – work parties are scheduled for Mon 1st February, Mon 7th March, Wed 23rd March. If you would like to help with the site management please contact the ranger; rachael.thornley@surreywt.org.uk; no experience necessary just enthusiasm!

Ewell Village shops – Wild’s Lounge – progress is very slow

The Star Ewell Village – we await developments.

Land at North Looe – Surrey County Council are reviewing the development of 2 large old derelict greenhouses and a further breeze block and corrugated steel clad and roofed building.

Crossrail 2 Consultation

The public consultation publicised in the December Bulletin closed on 8 January. Feedback from these consultations, together with further scheme design, has helped develop the proposals for this consultation, which presents new information and invites comments on our proposals relating to:

  • Station locations, entrances and exits
  • Shaft locations for the tunnelled section of the scheme
  • The construction sites required to build and operate the tunnelled section of the scheme
  • Proposed service patterns

Development is still at an early stage. There will be more opportunity to provide feedback on Crossrail 2 as the scheme develops.

A factsheet on the route between Epsom and Worcester Park can be found on https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/crossrail2/october2015/user_uploads/sw2.pdf .

Epsom College Choral Society concert Sunday 17 January – you are invited to a programme which includes Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and John Rutter’s “Feel the Spirit”. The concert is being held at Epsom College in the Big School at 7.30 and admission is free with a retiring collection.

Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association – do you know that we are twinned with Chantilly – a very pleasant residential and market town in France surrounded by forest and attractive countryside with a population of 13,000 many of whom work training horses? Among the reasons for visiting Chantilly are:–

The French Derby, modelled on Epsom’s since 1834; a fine Chateau housing many priceless works of art; the historic working Museum of the Horse.

The Association has a very busy year ahead on the run up to the Choral Festival in the summer, with their usual events plus fund raising activities which include a Burns Night on 30 January, a Quiz Night, Wine and Cheese and French Conversation evenings, Derby Day party and many others culminating in the Choral Festival on 1 July. Do go to their web site and explore! – http://www.epsomtwinning.com .

AGM 15 March 2016 – I am delighted to say that John Sharpe, Epsom’ Transport and Waste Services Manager will be giving a presentation at this meeting so come along with your questions.

Good news – Around this time of year the Halifax releases their “Best Places to live” list. In this particular ranking, Epsom & Ewell has risen to 19 out of 250 (from 48 in 2014). The South East of England occupies 13 of the first 20 places.

This list incorporates health, education, environment and wellbeing.

The full press release can be found at: http://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/globalassets/documents/media/press-releases/halifax/2015/quality-of-life-2015-final.pdf

Are You Interested in Becoming a Surrey County Councillor?

Surrey County Council will be hosting two open days for people who may wish to stand for election to SCC in 2017. These open days will take place on Saturday 17 October 2015 from 9:30am to 2pm, and Tuesday 3 November 2015 from 3pm to 7:30pm.

There will be a range of talks, with introductions from the leaders of the political groups (or from their nominated representative), a presentation from the Chief Executive, and a question time session. In addition SCC will run tours of County Hall, and will host a marketplace in the Grand Hall where representatives from the County Services will come along and showcase their work.

Epsom and Ewell Mayor’s Upcoming Charity Events

Here a list of charity events being hosted by the Mayor. Please support them if you can.

Date Event Venue
Sunday 20th September Borough Fun Day Hook Road arena
Friday 25th September Cuddington’s Concert St Mary’s Church Hall, Worcester Park
Sunday 27th September Harvest Festival service and lunch Epsom Methodist Church
Saturday 17th October Wine tasting Epsom College
Saturday 14th November Barn Dance Ruxley Church, Ruxley Lane
Saturday 5th December Christmas Market Bath
Saturday 19th December Carol singing Ashley Centre
Saturday 26th December Morris Men of Ewell Ewell
Saturday 30th April Ball Epsom Racecourse

More events are being planned for 2016. See the website at mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk.

e-mail events@mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk to book tickets or phone 01372 720777.