Help Save Our St Helier

Last year, I said that I would hand in the latest St Helier Hospital petition when it would have the most impact.

The South West London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) published a five year strategy in 2014 and an Issues paper in 2015 which seek to address the clinical and financial challenges facing the local NHS.

The next step is to agree the detail of how the strategy will be implemented, including the role of each local Hospital and Community provider trust in delivering it.

This process is underway and so now, when there is still time for them to take people’s views into account,is the most appropriate time for the CCG to know the strength of feeling in support of the St Helier Hospital’s A&E and maternity services.

On Friday 8th January, local Councillor Jean Crossby and I presented the 25,000 strong petition to Brendan Hudson, Chair of the Sutton CCG.

Even though the petition has been handed in, the campaign won’t be over until the A&E and maternity services are secure.  You can still help the campaign. Find out more by visiting:

I, the undersigned, call on South London CCGs to keep open St Helier Hospital's A&E department, Maternity ward and Children’s ward. To also develop a plan which has local support, is based on solid evidence and provides desperately needed services in the community.

25,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • signed 2014-08-03 20:05:35 +0100
    Been amazing for all my children’s births including a baby with CHD (spotted at St Helier do saved her life!)
  • signed 2014-08-01 15:11:28 +0100
  • signed via 2014-07-30 09:16:26 +0100
    St Helier is love

    St Helier is life
  • signed 2014-07-29 19:46:37 +0100
    It’s important to have such a great local resource so near to hand. The hospital and its workers are part of our community and we need to keep the hospital’s important A&E and Maternity wards open. I have used both in the past and the trauma of dealing with difficult situations would have been amplified by having a much larger distance between me and my family. Please don’t close the units.
  • signed 2014-07-29 19:07:01 +0100
    Travel time to St George’s Hospital from Sutton by public transport can take over an hour. This journey can be difficult when able bodied. For the disabled, injured or elderly it could become an impossible journey. This will only place additional pressure on the already overstretched ambulance service. The mini cab fare to St Helier may be manageable whilst the cost to St George’s may be prohibitive. A&E access for those suffering mental distress…How will someone travel to Tooting at night in a crisis? Sutton Police Service officers and transport will also be out of area for lengthy spells…..some disjointed thoughts!
  • signed 2014-07-29 15:41:42 +0100
  • signed 2014-07-28 02:47:25 +0100
    We need local hospital , it’s helps local people A&E , maternity and children’s ward for local area so please save our St Helier……
  • signed 2014-07-27 12:56:44 +0100
    Because it’s a local hospital that helps so many people in the local area.
  • @PhoenixLucyGum tweeted link to this page. 2014-07-27 09:51:18 +0100
    I just signed Tom Brake's petition to Save St Helier Hospital.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-27 09:51:18 +0100
    I just signed Tom Brake's petition to Save St Helier Hospital.
  • signed 2014-07-27 09:49:15 +0100
    My daughter was born there, it saves lives and is essential to our local community.
  • signed 2014-07-22 08:53:21 +0100
    An essential, if not life saving public service in the area that will cause devastation if closed.
  • signed 2014-07-21 22:36:05 +0100
    I had both my children at St. Helier hospital and all the people providing my care were amazing. I can’t thank them enough.
  • signed 2014-07-21 18:21:09 +0100
  • signed 2014-07-21 12:58:55 +0100
    Because our next nearest A&E is 40 minutes away (we tried it on Saturday). This is unacceptable and will lead to many lives lost
  • signed 2014-07-17 21:59:22 +0100
    Because not all the clinical services that it offers are supplied by the Wallington Jubilee Health Centre and other health centres. Until local services are provided 7 days and provide full clinical services to members of the public, then St Helier offers the best option. To localise services you need a 10 or 20 year plan because it is a utopia plan due to current and future demographics and available funding/health investment.
  • signed 2014-07-17 09:53:08 +0100
    Because without it the distance for these services is too far…Sutton is an overly populated Borough. The services provided by St Helier are essential.
  • signed 2014-07-16 18:26:24 +0100
    This is a lifeline to local people who could die if we had an emergency time is the key factor when dealing with an accident and a emergency lives will definitely be at risk if St Helier closed please save our hospital
  • signed 2014-07-16 08:25:37 +0100
    eternally grateful for the 3-bean salad they fed my sick wife,through a tube,as i watched on and played rubik’s cube.
  • signed 2014-07-15 17:22:09 +0100
    There isn’t another hospital close by. The people need a hospital roughly near their homes!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-15 10:28:19 +0100
    I just signed Tom Brake MPs petition to Save St Helier Hospital. If you can olease do the same as this is so important for all of here in surrey.
  • signed 2014-07-14 17:35:57 +0100
    It is our local hospital. We must support them to improve and develop
  • signed 2014-07-14 14:10:07 +0100
    Because it’s,a great hospital …staff are brilliant ..I cannot fault the way they looked after my father in law … Have never used another hospital …even had my babies there in the 80s and in September my grandchild will be born there too ….
  • signed 2014-07-14 12:23:05 +0100
  • signed 2014-07-11 16:46:12 +0100
    Every borough needs a local hospital – St. Helier is ours. Our whole family has used, and uses, the many services provided by St Helier, including the A&E and Maternity Unit. All the facilities at St Helier must be saved. To have to travel further would have serious implications for our health and wellbeing.
  • signed 2014-07-10 18:00:39 +0100
    We a Hospital within that area.
  • signed 2014-07-09 09:58:33 +0100
    Whether you are ill or just need a check up you are already stressed. To have a local hospital like St Helier that is easy and quick to get to is not a luxury but an essential.

    There is an argument for highly specialist treatments, such as heart transplants being available only at a few hospitals. However routine requirements, such as A&E, Dialysis, Maternity, xray’s , investigations and treatment etc should be available locally.

    Since St Helier is in a major city, surely there is no logic in not being able to continue to provide a full range of services , both outpatient and inpatient, on one site locally.
  • signed 2014-07-06 20:20:40 +0100
    It is our local hospital
  • signed 2014-07-04 23:46:49 +0100
    It provides excellent service to residence of Sutton and surrounding areas. As Director of Healthwatch Sutton, very pleased with services provided by Medical staff.
  • signed 2014-07-04 10:27:44 +0100
    I want a Publicly provided Health Service and a hospital with an A&E near where I live.