Whilst the number of patients admitted and treated since the last Annual Report has increased, seven more having been admitted than at this time last year, the funds have not increased in proportion, and a further sum of £40 will be required to enable the work to be carried on free of debt to the end of the year….. I shall be very grateful for any donations towards this sum.
The land for the current hospital was bought from the estate of Mrs Still by Mr Leach in 1939 and given to the hospital, the cost of building being £47,000.
The hospital had 40 beds, 12 male, 12 female, 10 children, 6 private rooms, and was thriving with a casualty department and an operating theatre used by local GPs and visiting consultant surgeons from the London teaching hospitals.
With the inception of the NHS in 1940 the hospital came under the umbrella of Epsom District Hospital although retaining its own Medical Committee and its own identity. Christmas times were special occasions with consultants, GPs and nurses putting on a cabaret and decorating up the wards.
By 1960 the hospital had grown to 52 beds and the League of Friends was formed.
Following the recent re-organisation of the NHS, the land and buildings are owned and maintained by NHS Property Services Limited, and the GP’s (Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group) now decide which services are commissioned at the hospital. The majority of the staff are employed by Central Surrey Health (a not-for-profit organisation that is co-owned by the staff it employs), although some clinics (including X-ray and Colposcopy) are run by Epsom/St Helier hospital, some by Virgin Care, and others run by groups of GP’s. The tradition of strong local support, and an exceptionally dedicated and caring staff in all departments, still continues.