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LOCAL RESIDENTS WELCOME REPRIEVE OF MOLESEY HOSPITAL

Residents of Molesey, Thames Ditton and the surrounding areas very much welcome today’s decision by the Board of Surrey Downs CCG to keep  Molesey Hospital open and, together with NHS Property Services, to review the facilities and the site of Molesey Hospital with a view to finding a long term solution to improving patient care in the Molesey area.

The importance of Molesey Hospital to the local community was clearly demonstrated in March when around 200 people attended a meeting, jointly organised by the Residents Associations, at Chandlers Field School.  The strong support  (both in numbers and strength of feeling) among residents/patients in the East Elmbridge area served by Molesey Hospital was highlighted today as key to the Board’s decision.

The neglect of Molesey Hospital by previous NHS administrations (latterly the Primary Care Trust – Surrey PCT) has caused much concern over the years.  The CCG’s plan to conduct a feasibility study with the intention of finding a long term solution to improving health care facilities in Molesey is a very welcome step forward and follows a meeting between Molesey Councillors Stuart Selleck and Mike Axton, and Cllr Karen Randolph from Thames Ditton with senior management from the CCG (Dr Claire Fuller, Clinical Lead at Surrey Downs CCG, James Blythe, Ralph McCormack, Interim Chief Officer and Dr Jill Evans, Chair of East Elmbridge Locality).  At this meeting the Residents’ Association Councillors strongly advocated the case for developing Molesey Hospital either on this site or another site in the vicinity.