Our hospitals are safe and effective, with good performance records. Our low mortality rates, good patient feedback, excellent A&E waiting times and a substantially improved financial position all reflect this.
However, we do face significant challenges over the next ten years, including delivering further improvements in the quality of care and patient safety. An improved estate will not, in itself, address these issues; it will however enable us to make changes. We know that the poor quality of our estate is restricting the quality of care we can deliver, reducing the patient experience, and contributing to infection rates that are not as good as they should be (in part because an older estate makes it more difficult to maintain a hygienic environment and isolate patients when necessary).
Our patients, staff and communities deserve to receive and provide care in buildings that are fit for the provision of modern healthcare, but the uncertainty of numerous previous service reviews has meant we have been left with buildings that are no longer fit for purpose.
Because of this, we have jointly funded, with Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sutton CCG, work to examine the quality of our estate to better understand the degree to which it is acting as a brake on performance, and how this can be overcome. We have looked at our current estate performance both quantitatively and qualitatively to understand how we are performing. We have then compared this with examples of excellent newly built NHS estate that show what is possible with twenty-first century healthcare buildings.
Our estate - findings report
See our estate – report findings for an overview of the age and usability of our buildings, as well as how our estates compares to other hospitals locally.
Read our report
You can read the full report, commissioned on behalf of Sutton CCG, Surrey Downs CCG and our hospitals: TB 060-15 Estates Strategy - investing in a high quality healthcare environment - paper[pdf] 2MB
A summary of feedback was presented to our board at its public meeting on 9 October 2015: TB 116-15 Estates Engagement Update Report [pdf] 3MB
A further Estates Engagement Update Report was presented to our board on 12 February 2016: TB 009-16 Estates Engagement Update Report.pdf [pdf] 1MB