A fire at Mayday Hospital in Croydon saw two neighbouring hospitals come to the rescue to offer treatment and support to their patients on Wednesday, 8 July.

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, treated patients who were diverted from the Mayday after the fire broke out.

David Astley, Chief Executive at St George’s said, “This incident is a great example of how the NHS pulls together in times of crisis. It has been an exceptionally busy summer already for St George’s with our A&E receiving record numbers of patients. Working with colleagues from both Mayday and St Helier we were able to ensure that patients continued to have access to hospital services in south west London.”

Peter Coles, Interim Chief Executive from Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust said, “Whilst events like this are unfortunate, they do prove that local hospitals communicate effectively and, moreover, have robust plans in place to deal with any eventuality. I would like to thank all the staff in our A&E department who worked, as ever, in a calm, professional and efficient way as the situation unfolded.”

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