Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of travel times to acute hospital services on outcomes for elderly patients.
A consultation is currently underway. The consultation document sets out potential improvements in clinical outcomes for patients under three different options. This includes a new specialist emergency care hospital.
The potential impact of the proposals on accessibility and travel times has been analysed as part of the consultation process and further detail can be found at the following link:
The attached table shows the finished consultant episodes (FCE) and average age in Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust for the last three years.