Surrey Heartlands was delighted to receive over £11m capital funding earlier this month as part of the national capital funding announcements.
The £11m was in response to two successful funding bids; £7.6m to Epsom & St Helier Hospitals to allow the relocation of services from the New Epsom & Ewell Community Hospital to Epsom, and
£4.6m to Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for community mental health services.
The successful funding bid for £7.6 million will allow Epsom & St Helier Hospitals to build a new space for the community services which are currently provided at the New Epsom & Ewell Community Hospital (known as NEECH) on the Epsom Hospital site.
Subject to the necessary business case (and following a public consultation which ran two years ago), this will mean creation of a purpose-built area for patients who don’t need acute hospital care but who do still need 24 hours nursing care or rehabilitation. The Trust will also be able to create space for additional therapy services and a rehabilitation gym.
Co-locating services in this way, as well as providing purpose-built new facilities, will also help provide more joined up care for patients. Subject to the necessary approvals, work should start in 2019 and be complete in 2020. In the meantime all the services provided at NEECH will continue to be provided at that site.
Funding of £4.6m will allow Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to continue their Community Hubs programme to bring community mental health and learning disability services into improved building environments – with a particular focus on services in Epsom, Mole Valley, Woking and Spelthorne. For more information on the community hubs programme please see www.sabp.nhs.uk/community.