St George’s Hospital has welcomed a decision this week by Healthcare for London that a bid it made on behalf of the South West London and Surrey Trauma Network will be considered to go forward to public consultation.

David Astley, St George’s Chief Executive, said:

“If successful, St George’s will become a major trauma centre at the heart of a clinical network stretching into the Home Counties. We have served London for 275 years and our vision is to raise standards for trauma across an area which serves over two million people.”

Healthcare for London is in the process of developing more specialised care to treat the urgent needs of trauma patients. As part of that process, bids were invited from London hospital trusts to become designated as a major trauma centre. The bids received were evaluated by an independent panel of trauma experts who have made their recommendations to the Healthcare for London Trauma Board.

The South West London and Surrey Trauma bid has met the criteria which were set for clinical quality. The public will be asked for their views through a consultation due to start in January 2009.

Notes to editors

  1. The South West London and Surrey Trauma Network consists of St George’s NHS Healthcare Trust and seven acute trusts (Frimley Park ,St Peter’s, Royal Surrey County, St Helier, Mayday, Kingston, Redhill – East Surrey) and seven PCTs ( Surrey PCT, Kingston PCT, Sutton and Merton PCT, Richmond and Twickenham PCT, Croydon PCT, Lambeth PCT, Wandsworth PCT).
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