Planning permission for major changes at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey have been submitted to Runnymede Borough Council as a prelude to the service changes consulted on during 2004. The planning permission sought is for:

  • Construction of a new two storey modular 56 bed ward linked to the Duchess of Kent Wing
  • Demolition of the upper end of The Ramp to create replacement car parking in lieu of that lost at the Duchess of Kent wing end of the hospital
  • Construction of a day operating theatre and first floor extension to the existing operating theatres to allow for the future refurbishment of a redundant theatre
  • Renewal of temporary permission for Maple Ward, the Medical Assessment Unit and associated linking corridors

These developments are part of an interim plan enabling the changes in services to take place whilst a major building project s underway at St. Peter’s Hospital to create permanent facilities. This building work will involve infilling the car park behind A&E and the Rowley Bristow Unit with a two storey building.

Glenn Douglas, Chief Executive said: “As 2005 gets underway so do our plans to change services between Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals. The first stage of this is to increase capacity on the St. Peter’s site. We have applied for planning permission for additional bed and theatre capacity and are seeking renewal of the planning permission for Maple Ward and the Medical Assessment Unit. Work will start shortly at Ashford Hospital to convert Wordsworth Ward into Rehabilitation Facilities however other changes at Ashford will need to wait for the additional capacity to be created at St. Peter’s.”

The plans for local health services provided by Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals include:

  • Full A&E at St. Peter’s Hospital with critical care (e.g. intensive care) facilities.
  • Emergency medical admissions concentrated at St. Peter’s Hospital.
  • 24 hour ‘walk-in’ urgent treatment service at Ashford Hospital, provided through a nurse led day and evening service, supported by A&E consultants and with overnight access to GP out of hours services.
  • Rehabilitation beds/services at Ashford Hospital to provide care closer to home for local residents.
  • The majority of planned orthopaedic joint replacement surgery concentrated at Ashford Hospital.
  • The majority of day surgery at Ashford Hospital.
  • Concentrating children’s day surgery at St. Peter’s Hospital.
  • All other planned surgical inpatient procedures concentrated at St. Peter’s Hospital.

This will be supported by locally provided outpatient services and primary and community services. Staff from Ashford and St. Peter’s hospitals already provide outreach clinics over 10 other locations across the area.

Mr Douglas continued: “I want to reassure local people that we are not rushing into these changes and services will not be moved until new facilities are ready. With our health partners we consulted extensively on these changes and it is important that we now implement them in a carefully planned and sequenced way to ensure that services are maintained for local people.”

The Trust has recent experience of major building projects with the completion of £1.4m refurbishment of the Abbey Wing maternity facilities in 2003; the nearing completion £2.5m building of a new power plant; the completion in autumn 2004 of a £1.5m fifth operating theatre at Ashford. Other building projects currently underway are the £500,000 facelift for the Main Entrance at St. Peter’s and the £1.2m expansion of the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit in the Abbey Wing – both due for completion in May 2005.

These planning permission applications relate soley to the St. Peter’s Hospital site. Schemes relating to the Ashford site will be announced in due course.


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