Healthwatch Surrey responds to decision not to pursue hospital merger

10th November 2016

On 4th November Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals and Royal Surrey County Hospital issued a joint statement announcing their decision not to pursue the merger.

The merger had been put on hold earlier this year to allow Royal Surrey to focus on its financial position.

The decision was made after the Royal Surrey’s board undertook a self-assessment in relation to the proposed merger and potential benefits. The board concluded that having considered the changes to the NHS landscape whilst the merger was paused, it feels that ‘the opportunity to deliver greater benefits to patient care and efficiency savings exist within the Surrey Heartlands Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) and wider healthcare networks.’

‘Ashford & St Peter’s Board has not undertaken a self-assessment in this way but in the light of the Royal Surrey Board’s position accepts that the merger will now not proceed.’

Both organisations have said that they are committed to continuing to work together within the Surrey Heartlands STP, building on the positive relationships that developed over recent years and will use the work already completed as part of the process to ‘ensure the greatest outcomes’ are delivered for patients

Kate Scribbins, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Surrey said:

“Changes to plans as significant as this will inevitably cause anxiety amongst some patients. Whilst we recognise the importance of aligning plans with the Surrey Heartlands STP, it is vital that local people are consulted at all stages as plans develop, not just at the end once minds are made up.

We would urge the Trusts and all involved in the STP to ensure that patients, their families and carers remain at the heart of their plans and decisions going forward.

If people have concerns about this or any other local health and social care issue, we would encourage them to contact us on 0303 303 0023 or via our website,



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The full joint press release is available at: