A new hospital in Sutton will be built by 2030 – the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay, promised today (Thursday 25 May).
Epsom and St Helier hospitals have also been given the green light to make much needed improvements to their dilapidated buildings.
In a statement to parliament, Steve Barclay made a commitment that the Trust’s Building Your Future Hospitals programme will “now proceed and be fully funded”.
This means a new emergency hospital will be built in Sutton to care for the sickest patients with life-threatening illnesses, injuries and those requiring complex surgery.
Meanwhile, Epsom and St Helier hospitals will receive significant improvements and will continue to see and treat 85% of local patients.
After years of campaigning for a new hospital in Sutton, Managing Director for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals, James Blythe, said: “This is fantastic news for patients, our local community and everyone who works in our hospitals.
“Our buildings are not fit for purpose and our patients deserve better. Today’s announcement means they will soon be treated in modern facilities fit for 21st century healthcare across a brand new hospital and our current, improved, hospitals.
“Works have already started, with our patient transport service having been relocated and others will follow, to ensure the land is ready for building works to commence.
“We would like to thank everyone who has campaigned for better healthcare for local people and we look forward to hearing more details in the coming weeks.”
This announcement is part of the government’s commitment to the New Hospital Programme which will see 40 new hospitals built by 2030.