GP Commissioning and Community Hospitals

On Friday, I met with Ken Brown (Chairman, League of Friends of Molesey Hospital) and Dr Steve Brant (local GP and pioneer of MEDICS Gateway) at the Glenlynn Practice in East Molesey (see photo below). In the context of the forthcoming abolition of Primary Care Trusts (PCT) and their replacement with local GP commissioning, I […]

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NHS Reform

Since August, I have been talking to local partners about the forthcoming NHS reforms. Over the last week I have had a series of useful meetings. First, I met with Surrey County Council to hear more about their plans to take on responsibility for ‘public health’ from the Primary Care Trust (PCT). This is a […]

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When it rains!

As the forecasters duly proclaimed the end of the lingering summer weather, today saw downpours across Surrey. I was up before 6 a.m. to catch a ride with local paramedics (Aran Blunden and Katie Crabb, see below), and get a glimpse first-hand of the challenges they face on an ordinary shift. They responded to two […]

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Ambulance Chasing

Today, I visited the Ambulance depot near Chertsey, which services part of the constituency. Our frontline paramedics face a range of challenges – whether picking up the pieces after binge-drinking in town centers, or aiding an ageing population. The team at Chertsey have rolled out ‘Make Ready’, a system which has separate specialist teams cleaning, […]

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Local Democracy in the NHS

I blogged last week about the government’s plans to put GPs in charge of commissioning local healthcare services. When it comes to accident and emergency care, here in Elmbridge we rely on hospitals outside the constituency – such as Kingston and St Peters. That doesn’t mean our local community should have no say in how […]

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Funding for Princess Alice Hospice

I was delighted to hear this week that capital grant funding for Princess Alice Hospice has been confirmed despite the parlous state of the public finances. The hospice does incredible work for those with terminal illness – and their families – and Ministers have now confirmed to me that a £40k tranche of capital funding, […]

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Election 2010: Defending Local Healthcare

This morning I was leafleting outside Cobham and Stoke d’Abernon railway station at dawn – then onto meet the Friends of Cobham Community Hospital (see below). The Friends are an outstanding example of local community spirit, supporting their local hospital and ensuring vital funds despite local NHS cuts. I received a thorough briefing, including on […]

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Ambulance Services in Elmbridge

This week, I visited Walton Ambulance station. I was briefed by William Pickering of South East Coast Ambulance Service, Sue Day a senior paramedic (below) and other paramedics on duty. These emergency paramedics on the frontline do a fantastic job for us locally, and I admire their commitment. The service saw an increase in emergency […]

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Consult the Community on Local Hospitals

Today, I met with Acting Chairman of Surrey PCT, Julian Lee, to try to get a better sense of the strategic direction for the local hospitals serving Elmbridge. It is clear from Surrey PCT that there is a funding shortfall of £120 to 150 million across the county for 2011, due to rising costs and […]

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