Better Services Better Value
We had an extra meeting of our
Board on 8 May to discuss the next steps in the Better Services Better value
process www.bsbv.swlondon.nhs.uk. A lot of the work behind the scenes
that has been going on for the past two years is starting to come to fruition
and we are now looking at taking this work out to public consultation once all
the CCG boards agree. All of the work that has been done by clinicians involving
members of the public is published in a 700 page document called the pre
consultation business case which is published on the BSBV website.
Our Board had a presentation from
Dr Marilyn Plant and Charlotte Joll, BSBV Programme Director about why we need
to make changes to services in south west London and the options in the pre
consultation business case.
The preferred option would mean
that St George’s Hospital would be the major acute teaching hospital for south
west London, Croydon and Kingston would be major acute hospitals, Epsom would
become a local hospital with an elective centre (for planned medical procedures)
and St Helier would be a local hospital. No decisions have been made yet.
We discussed some concerns about
the affect the changes would have on St George’s. It’s very important for us as
a Board to make sure that there isn’t any negative effect on Wandsworth
residents. However, there is a lot of work being done around looking after
people outside of hospital also.
The next steps are that myself,
Graham, our Chief Officer, and Stephen Hickey, our lay member on the Board for
governance, will attend the Local Committee of CCGs to make the decision about
going to formal public consultation. This won't be until after the summer