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You may have read that there are discussions taking place about the future of the stroke unit. The NHS has taken a national decision to have a smaller number of “hyper” stroke units to deal with the immediate impact of stroke. In London there has been a reduction in the number of stroke deaths after a similar change. There are now discussions in Surrey about how to approach this. There is strong pressure being put on those involved that even if Epsom is not chosen as one of these new units, it must retain a proper stroke unit to provide ongoing support for those affected.

The Epsom and St Helier Trust has also just published the outcome of the review of its estates. Among other things they are continuing to explore the option of a new hospital at Sutton, as a way of improving facilities. This is at the very early stages, and there is no evidence yet that this is a viable project. I will keep you posted.