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News that London hospital may close 'unsettling for many'

Epsom Hospital is under threat of losing its Accident and Emergency and maternity units, if recommendations published today are followed.

A review by 'Better Services Better Value' has drawn up three options for the hospital.

The preferred option would see Epsom hospital becoming an 'elective care centre' with St Helier becoming a local hospital. The hospital released a statement:

"On behalf of our patients, staff, volunteers and local residents, I am disappointed with this news and recognise that it will be very unsettling for many people around us...."

"However, it is extremely important to note that these are only recommendations and that no decisions have been made at this stage."

Report calls for Epsom Hospital to lose A&E and maternity wards

Epsom Hospital is under threat of losing its Accident and Emergency and maternity units if recommendations published today are followed.

The Better Standards Better Value (BSBV) review on services at the hospital has released the draft pre-consultation report.

The report recommends that the hospital becomes an elective care centre with St Helier becoming a local hospital. Both of which would lose the A&E units if the recommendations were followed.

The BSBV is a review of local healthcare services across Epsom and surrounding areas and South West London. It is led by local doctors, nurses and other health workers.