A 12-week public consultation was carried out in February 2017 by NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS North West Surrey CCG, involving a series of public events and a variety of opportunities for people to feedback views before decisions are made about next steps. The consultation ended on 30 April 2017.

Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and the fourth single leading cause of death in the UK. Over the past two years, the NHS across Surrey, working with national clinical experts and local people, many of whom have been affected by stroke, has reviewed stroke services and health outcomes in depth to understand what is working well and where improvement is needed. It was found that rates of death following a stroke were higher in Surrey than other parts of the country and experience of life after stroke could be better.

National clinical experts recommended that hospital care for patients suffering a stroke be consolidated into specialist units. This would ensure enough specialist staff are available to provide the intensive care and treatment required seven days a week, which we know saves lives and reduces disability.

We want to improve hospital care for patients by consolidating specialist stroke services at two hospital sites in West Surrey; at Frimley Park Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital. At both sites this would include a hyper-acute stroke unit (intensive care given during the first three days after a stroke) alongside an acute stroke unit (care given after the first three days and usually up to about seven days). The Royal Surrey County Hospital would no longer provide specialist stroke care. Instead, patients from the Guildford and Waverley area would be taken to Frimley Park Hospital or St Peter’s Hospital, whichever is nearest.

Similarly, we want to improve specialist stroke rehabilitation for patients who do not need to stay in the acute hospital but who are not quite well enough to go home. Changing how this is provided will enable patients to receive more intensive therapy, according to their needs, and therefore go home earlier. In order to make best use of specialist skills, we want to consolidate the number of hospitals providing this specialist care. This will include Farnham Hospital, with other possible options including Ashford Hospital, Milford Community Hospital and Woking Community Hospital.

You can see all the documents through out this consultation and the outcomes on Guildford and Waverley CCG's website