Background

Where has this proposal come from?

By 2026, Epsom and St Helier hospitals will no longer provide inpatient (overnight) care for kidney patients.

This is because in 2020, under a programme called Improving Healthcare Together, the NHS got approval to build a brand new £500m specialist emergency care hospital in Sutton. Six major services will move to the new hospital from Epsom and St Helier. These services include:

  • a major emergency department
  • critical care
  • emergency surgery
  • acute medicine
  • specialist paediatric care
  • births

Under these plans, St Helier’s inpatient kidney service would also move to Sutton in 2026 – however, kidney doctors and nurses think it would be better for patients if their services were brought together in a new unit at St George’s Hospital instead. There would be no changes to kidney outpatient services at St Helier or at other hospital clinics or kidney units in Surrey or South West London.

You can read more about the plans approved in 2020 by visiting the Improving Healthcare Together website.