Kingston Hospital's A+E due for revamp four years after coming under threat

Surrey Comet: Kingston Hospital's A+E due for revamp four years after coming under threat Kingston Hospital's A+E due for revamp four years after coming under threat

Kingston Hospital is set to refurbish and expand its accident and emergency department four years after it was threatened with the prospect of closure.

The hospital has applied for permission to remodel and refurbish the inside of the casualty ward with a small new building at the back of the administration area.

Its A+E and maternity ward were part of the Better Services Better Value consultation, seeking to make £65m savings while improving services, along with three others across south west London from 2010 until May 2012.

The review eventually concluded St Helier should lose its A+E and maternity but was scrapped earlier this year after a Save St Helier campaign.

Kingston Hospital’s operational plan, relased in March, said an expansion would “enable the trust to respond to any future changes to the configuration of services in the local health economy”.

The papers also forecast an increase in A&E visitors.

A total of 112,083 visited in the 2013/2014 financial year, with 114,512 expected in 2014/2015.

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11:14am Wed 7 May 14

Beverly RA says...

One more lib dem lie nailed along with the so called ward closure and the 70000 houses at Chessington. All scare mongering and always near to election time or do they think we did not notice. ?
One more lib dem lie nailed along with the so called ward closure and the 70000 houses at Chessington. All scare mongering and always near to election time or do they think we did not notice. ? Beverly RA
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1:24pm Wed 7 May 14

grace86 says...

Was the Better Services Better Value contest that had to pick one hospital out of the 4 for closure a lie as well Beverly? Didn't seem like it to those who worked in St Helier. Worked out OK now because they dropped it but for the last couple of years it looked like it was going to get the chop. Kingston was in the running as well until they picked St Helier. Guess we don't have same powerful mates as you have in Kingston. Didn't Clegg and Camuron visit Kingston and promised it wouldn't be closed. The whole thing was never a fair competition. Glad to see the back of it.
Was the Better Services Better Value contest that had to pick one hospital out of the 4 for closure a lie as well Beverly? Didn't seem like it to those who worked in St Helier. Worked out OK now because they dropped it but for the last couple of years it looked like it was going to get the chop. Kingston was in the running as well until they picked St Helier. Guess we don't have same powerful mates as you have in Kingston. Didn't Clegg and Camuron visit Kingston and promised it wouldn't be closed. The whole thing was never a fair competition. Glad to see the back of it. grace86
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3:03pm Wed 7 May 14

Irish Lass says...

Having had the misfortune of being in Kingston Hospital A&E this week, I would welcome ANY and ALL change. The over-crowded conditions and seeming lack of care for sick people arriving, was nothing short of inhumane. The environment is a cross between a 'social' club and Argos with its loud radio music, cold steel seats and constant calling out of names, not to mention a most unwelcoming front line service at the Reception. Sick people tend to have quite low tolerance levels and need a LOT more care in their vulnerable state. Improvements are required immediately at Kingston A&E....or CLOSE it down. It cannot continue as is.
Having had the misfortune of being in Kingston Hospital A&E this week, I would welcome ANY and ALL change. The over-crowded conditions and seeming lack of care for sick people arriving, was nothing short of inhumane. The environment is a cross between a 'social' club and Argos with its loud radio music, cold steel seats and constant calling out of names, not to mention a most unwelcoming front line service at the Reception. Sick people tend to have quite low tolerance levels and need a LOT more care in their vulnerable state. Improvements are required immediately at Kingston A&E....or CLOSE it down. It cannot continue as is. Irish Lass
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2:02am Fri 9 May 14

Beverly RA says...

grace86 wrote:
Was the Better Services Better Value contest that had to pick one hospital out of the 4 for closure a lie as well Beverly? Didn't seem like it to those who worked in St Helier. Worked out OK now because they dropped it but for the last couple of years it looked like it was going to get the chop. Kingston was in the running as well until they picked St Helier. Guess we don't have same powerful mates as you have in Kingston. Didn't Clegg and Camuron visit Kingston and promised it wouldn't be closed. The whole thing was never a fair competition. Glad to see the back of it.
The fairy story of the King with his new suit springs to mind. There never was a suit in the Kingston Hospital issue. Yet staff were put under unnecessary pressure into believing that they were under threat . All because of someone wanting to take a political advantage during the run up to the Election , That of course is my opinion. But I know lots who now feel that that was the case.
[quote][p][bold]grace86[/bold] wrote: Was the Better Services Better Value contest that had to pick one hospital out of the 4 for closure a lie as well Beverly? Didn't seem like it to those who worked in St Helier. Worked out OK now because they dropped it but for the last couple of years it looked like it was going to get the chop. Kingston was in the running as well until they picked St Helier. Guess we don't have same powerful mates as you have in Kingston. Didn't Clegg and Camuron visit Kingston and promised it wouldn't be closed. The whole thing was never a fair competition. Glad to see the back of it.[/p][/quote]The fairy story of the King with his new suit springs to mind. There never was a suit in the Kingston Hospital issue. Yet staff were put under unnecessary pressure into believing that they were under threat . All because of someone wanting to take a political advantage during the run up to the Election , That of course is my opinion. But I know lots who now feel that that was the case. Beverly RA
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