Thursday, 6 October 2016

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Surrey Heartlands. Very hectic activity is underway to review all the acute and community health services and social services in Surrey Heartlands (an area bounded roughly by Woking and Ashford to the North, Haslemere to the South. Guildford to the West and Epsom to the East). Very substantial changes to services and health institutions in this area can be expected. A public engagement plan is being put in place for later this year/beginning of next. I am one of the governors on the ‘Stakeholder Engagement Group’ and will report from time to time. I am watching A&E services, maternity services and cancer services in particular to see how they might impact on the Royal Surrey. An earlier blog reports that the Royal Surrey is to lose its stroke services and I fear lest it also loses its A&E and Maternity services to become not a General Hospital as now but just a Cancer Centre. That is not a current proposal but I fear the direction of travel. More to come in due course.

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