Ask your GP about St Helier

October 29, 2013 4:30 PM

September was a good month for St Helier Hospital. First came the news of the hospital's finances improving. Then, the hospital was named the best in the country for providing care for patients with fractured hips. This week the hospital was also placed in the lowest possible risk band by the Care Quality Commission.

Despite the good news, the St Helier still faces a threat of a downgrade, which is being proposed by the Better Services Better Value (BSBV) review. Given this record of performance, local MP Tom Brake MP has called on residents to contact their GP and urge them to think about the possible consequences of accepting the BSBV proposals.

"I was delighted to find out that St Helier is the best in the country for hip fracture care. But the joy was overshadowed by the fact that the hospital could lose this service if the BSBV review recommendations are implemented."

"This, once again, demonstrates the madness of BSBV's plans."

"I don't understand the logic behind down-grading one of the best hospitals in the region."

"Writing to our GPs will help stimulate future debate about the impact of BSBV on our local hospital, the accuracy of the BSBV data, and the availability of alternative services in the community."

The BSBV healthcare review of hospitals in South-West London and North Surrey has recommended Accident & Emergency (A&E), maternity and children's services should close at St Helier.

Earlier this year, a report released by an independent health consultancy, MHP Health Mandate showed that Epsom and St Helier offers the best quality of care in the whole of South-West London and North Surrey. Last year's the hospital's A&E recorded its busiest ever year, treating a record number of patients.

Tom Brake discussing the Save St Helier campaign with 'Friends of St Helier', Mrs Eade and Mrs HibberdTom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington - a long-standing campaigner to save St Helier Hospital - is encouraging residents to write to their GP and question them about the feasibility of the BSBV proposals. The template letter is available at http://tombrake.co.uk/en/document/template-letter-to-gps.

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