Category Archives: Health

Health and social care in Sutton – what matters?

This month Healthwatch Sutton are launching their new feedback system called What matters to you? When it comes to health and social care for you and your family, what do you think is most important?

They want to hear your views and recent experiences of using local health and social care services. You can share these with them by completing a new “What matters to you?” form. You can do this online at It literally only takes a minute and all feedback is anonymous. You can complete the form as many times as you like.

The information you give them will help shape their work plan and ensure local people have a strong voice. By sharing your views and experiences they can build a picture of the services that are doing well and those that need some improvements. Your input will help build strong evidence that will support them in influencing decision makers to improve local services.

Please ask all your friends and relatives who live or work in Sutton to fill one in too.

Do you use Kingston Hospital? Read on…

Do you want to give something back to your local hospital and give something back to your community? Make a difference and become a Governor for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Elections are taking place this autumn.

Governors play a vital role in making sure that the hospital and its services are being run effectively and have direct access and influence on strategic decision making.

There is currently a vacancy for a Governor to represent members and patients of Kingston Hospital in Sutton Borough (mainly in the Worcester Park area) and the deadline for sending in a nomination is THURSDAY 16 OCTOBER.

To find out more:
Call: 020 8934 2145

St Anthony’s Hospital sold by nuns to private company

St Anthony’s Hospital in North Cheam is to be sold to a private company.

A group of nuns named The Daughters of the Cross of Liege have run the London Road Hospital for over a century but, as the nuns age, they have decided sell it to Spire Healthcare.


Father who died after running Kingston Breakfast Run named as Worcester Park man

A father-of-two died after racing with his best friend across the finish line at the Kingston Breakfast Run.

Colin Higbee, 45, from Kingshill Avenue in Worcester Park collapsed on Sunday morning after running the 16mile race in 2 hours 17 minutes alongside best friend Raymond Payne.


Multi-million pound St Helier Hospital review by NHS BSBV scrapped

A healthcare review which has cost taxpayers millions of pounds and made no significant changes to healthcare over the last three years has finally been scrapped.

Over the last three years St Helier Hospital has been hampered by BSBV which has twice threatened to axe its A&E, maternity and children’s services.


People aged 40 to 74 urged to get free health check by Sutton Council

For the start of the New Year, Sutton Council is urging people aged 40 to 74 to take a free NHS health check.

NHS health checks can be carried out at local GP surgeries, walk in clinics and hospitals, and involve assessments of test results including blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI), as well as personalised advice to improve general health.


Age UK Sutton Caring Neighbour scheme

The letter below is from Marion Harper the Chief Executive Officer of Age UK Sutton. Do you know of a family member or neighbour who could benefit?


Age UK Sutton is writing to inform you of the launch of our Caring Neighbour scheme which will focus on raising awareness of how to keep warm and well in winter. The aim is to inform residents aged 75+ with a Long Term Condition (LTC) of local Sutton services and support that is available for those most at risk.

According to POPPI (Projecting Older People Population Information) data in 2014 there will be 14,100 residents in Sutton over the age of 75. Evaluation of local data between 2011/12 and 2012/13 indicates anticipated admission figures for 2013/14 of patients aged 75+ with LTCs of 1283 in quarter 3 (Oct-Dec 2013) and 1290 in quarter 4 (Jan-Mar 2014) based on admission figures from Epsom and St Helier. The implication being that approximately 30% of the older population in Sutton will be admitted to hospital over quarters three and four of which over half will have two or more long term conditions. These figures are based upon the continuance of the work that was undertaken in previous years supported with winter pressures funding which is not being afforded to the Health and Social Care economy in 2013/14.

For the Caring Neighbour Scheme to achieve successful partnership working between primary care health professionals, community pharmacists, housing, social care and the voluntary sector, your assistance is invaluable, in fact essential to the success of this pilot. Age UK requests, that ALL parties should identify potential patients who can benefit from this initiative.

As a starting point, each pharmacy in the borough will receive stock of the Age UK winter wrapped up guide with a thermometer to monitor room temperature. Pharmacists will identify those patients age 75+ most at risk with LTCs and distribute the Age UK guide. Marketing to health, social care and the voluntary sector will commence week commencing 16 December 2013.

Referrals can be made by telephoning 020 8770 6959
or email;
or visit–campaigns/get-involved-with-spread-thewarmth

The intervention will include a holistic assessment, underpinned by warm and well in winter advice, followed by twice weekly reassurance phone calls for all referrals and a fast track shopping service for vulnerable patients. All patients will be triaged and connected to a range of support services to include:
– Voluntary sector service providers for patients and carers
– Referral to the crisis loan and grant scheme and/or food bank
– Referral to the Sutton warm rooms scheme
– Support with eco grant applications
– Winter benefit checks to ease financial worries
– Donated winter coats from the Age UK charity shop
– Quilts to keep patients warm
– Emergency food parcels donated by local schools and churches
– Connecting those who are lonely to local social opportunities

Referrals to the ‘Caring Neighbour’ service can be made via the following routes: Rapid Response Team, A&E staff, Hospital Ward Managers, Hospital Discharge Teams, Social Services, Users and Carers, Community Services, Primary Care and Voluntary Agencies.

Finally, the longer term aim is to build community resilience, to encourage local residents to think about a neighbour who might need some practical support. The NHS have just launched their NHS Winter Friends campaign, this aims to get 100,000 people to sign a pledge to “take time out this winter to look in on an elderly friend or neighbour to make sure they are warm and coping well”.

NHS – Winter Friends

This project is a marvellous opportunity to forge new relationships and build partnerships. I urge you and your organisation ‘to make a difference’ to vulnerable older people this winter by referring to and supporting the Caring Neighbour scheme. Let’s make it a success!

Kind Regards
Marion Harper
Age UK Sutton

Thousands sign petition against separation of St Anthony’s Hospital and St Raphael’s Hospice in North Cheam

More than 7,000 people have signed a petition asking the Vatican to stop a group of nuns separating St Raphael’s Hospice and its neighbouring hospital, St Anthony’s.