As a former local NHS worker, I know how much you care about St Helier. I will use my experience of working in the NHS to get funding needed to upgrade St Helier and build a new local hospital, so local residents and staff get the best possible care whenever they need it.
I am also committed to improving health outcomes for local residents, whether that be in mental health, cancer, dementia, etc. This page will update you on what I am doing to improve health outcomes for local people.
Protecting St Helier and building a new local hospital
I was born at St Helier Hospital, my fiancée's life was saved at St Helier and I have experience working for our local NHS. I know how much you value our local hospital, and I value our hospital and local healthcare just as the community does, so that is why St Helier and local healthcare will always be my top priority.
Using that NHS experience, I have been campaigning to get St Helier the funding it needs and I am delighted to say that the Conservative government announced in September that our local NHS would be getting the go ahead for a £500 million project to upgrade it's existing facilities and build a new local hospital to care for the sickest patients in our area.
This is excellent news for local patients!
What this means is:
- St Helier and Epsom Hospitals will both get the funding they need to properly refurbish and modernise their buildings, bringing previously unusable parts back into use to provide truly modern healthcare,
- A new hospital will be built locally to provide acute services like A&E and maternity, meaning for the first time, no services are being lost to Croydon or St George's,
- Our hardworking NHS staff get proper, modern facilities in which to work and care for patients,
- Patients have access to the best possible healthcare right here in our area!
The consultation on the site for the new hospital closed on 1st April and the results have been published here. There was a meeting of the local CCGs on 3rd July to discuss the results and approve the business case for building a new hospital right here in our area.
You can read more about the NHS' plans to improve healthcare in Carshalton and Wallington here.
If you have any questions about the plans, you can check out some of the most frequently asked questions on the NHS' website here. You can also contact the Improving Healthcare Together team to raise any queries you might have at:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write: Freepost IMPROVING HEALTHCARE TOGETHER 2020-2030
- Text: 07500 063191
- Call: 020 3880 0271
- Twitter: @IHTogether
- Facebook: @ImprovingHealthcareTogether
In response to the announcement, I have set up a 'Support St Helier' petition, giving residents a chance to say how much they value our local NHS, but also to call for this funding to be delivered as soon as possible so that St Helier can get the improvements that staff and patients deserve, as well as delivering a new hospital right here in our Borough.
It Must Be Marsden
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust was the first hospital in the world to be dedicated solely to the treatment of cancer. It is a world-leading specialist cancer hospital and is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.
Over the next few months, NHS England will decide whether The Royal Marsden at Sutton will continue to be the centre for children’s cancer services for South London and South England.
I believe the Marsden must continue to be the site for this service, so please get involved and have your say here.
Mental Health Services
I am a firm believer that mental health needs parity of esteem with physical health - so I want to see an improvement to local mental health service provision.
We are already making some progress, with mental health support workers being rolled out in local schools to support our children and young people, but there is so much more to do.
I will be working with Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group and the South West London Health and Care Partnership to ensure that people of all ages have access to the mental health services they deserve.