Our vision for a new merged organisation includes a strong future for all three of our hospitals, and a number of clear benefits for patients.
We want to continue to develop Ashford Hospital as an elective centre - we already undertake the majority of our day surgery and joint-replacement work there. Working with The Royal Surrey County Hospital we have recently launched a chemotherapy service at Ashford and the merger will give us further opportunity to develop a wider range of cancer treatments, bringing care closer for local people.
St Peter’s Hospital
Our vision is to develop St Peter’s Hospital as the Major Emergency Centre for Surrey. To do this we need to continue to develop our most specialist services (such as cardiovascular work) and a larger overall catchment population will allow us to bring more specialist services back into Surrey - for example a Surrey Renal Unit.
The Royal Surrey County Hospital
Merging our organisations and creating a larger population base will help The Royal Surrey to further develop specialist cancer services, for example a Paediatric Oncology Shared Service Unit, allowing more children to be treated locally rather than in London. Our vision includes continued emergency services at The Royal Surrey for their local population.
Keeping core services local
This merger is about enhancing services and improving quality (for example providing more services 7 days a week). Very importantly:
- A&E will continue at both St Peter’s and The Royal Surrey County hospitals
- There will be no change to consultant-led maternity services
- Patients won’t have to travel further for routine treatment