Community Hospitals Review

Today, I met with James Blythe, Director of Commissioning and Strategy at Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Dr Jill Evans, the Clinical Lead, to discuss the CCG’s recent report following their review of community hospitals in Elmbridge. Local leaders contributed to the review, including local councillors, GPs and Dr Ian Coxon, the Chair […]

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Funding for Brain Tumour Research Debate

On Monday, I welcomed constituent Maria Lester to Parliament, where her e-petition calling for greater funding for research into brain tumours was being debated by MPs, having been signed by over 120,000 people. Maria (pictured with me above) first got in touch with me last year, after her brother Stephen tragically died of a brain […]

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Election Issue 4: NHS

One of the key challenges we face locally, with a rising birth rate and an ageing population, is to tailor local health services to the specific needs of our community. In cash terms, this government has increased funding for the NHS by almost £13billion since 2010. More operations are being delivered, and waiting lists are […]

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Kingston Hospital Dining Companions

Today, I met up with Elizabeth Meatyard who set up Kingston Hospital Dining Companions. The initiative aims to provide patients at Kingston Hospital some companionship and help with eating at meal times. There is a rota for volunteers, so the commitment is scaleable, and the program has increased from 30 to around 300 volunteers. It […]

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Meeting Walton Stroke Group

August is a great time to catch up with the many civic and charitable groups we have across the borough. Today, I went and chatted to Walton Stroke Group, at the invitation of their Vice Chair, Max Jefford.   Walton Stroke Group is a fabulous local group, primarily focused on Walton and Hersham, and provides support […]

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Giving Blood for Anorexia Research

A local mum recently raised the issue of care and support for young women and girls with eating disorders. Following on from our discussions, I agreed to support the Charlotte’s Helix project, which aims to gather 1,000 DNA samples from those with anorexia, along with additional control samples from those without the condition – which […]

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Inventing a Sport

On Friday, I took up Rashid Ahmad on his offer to pop by Hersham village hall to hear about a new sport he founded, Touch Tennis. I hadn’t realised quite what I’d let myself in for. Far from a relaxed chat, I was challenged to take off my suit jacket, don a Touch Tennis t-shirt […]

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Inspirational Local Healthcare

Too many of the positive things going on in our community fail to get the attention they deserve. This morning, I returned to The Children’s Trust, the amazing charity in Tadworth specialising in children’s brain injuries. They do incredible work giving youngsters with the most heart-breaking of conditions hope of a better quality of life. […]

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