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The hospital has it origins in a cottage hospital which opened with just eight beds in 1873.[1] The current building opened as a workhouse infirmary in 1890.[2] It was staffed by volunteers until it joined the National Health Service in 1948.[1]

In 2011, it was revealed that the hospital was at risk of losing its accident and emergency services as part of a Better Services Better Value (BSBV) programme, which would rationalise hospital facilities across Surrey and south west London.[3] In 2013, local MP Chris Grayling said that constituents should show their support for retaining these services at the hospital.[4]

Epsom Hospital was in the news in August 2018 after a stray cat was found in a linen basket.[5]


The hospital contains an accident and emergency and a range of diagnostic and supporting services including pathology, radiology (including CT, MRI and ultrasound), the South West Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC) which calls itself a "centre of excellence",[6] vascular diagnostic services and an acute psychiatric facility operated by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.[7]

Radio stationEdit

The hospital has its own radio service, "Epsom Hospital Radio", which is a registered charity and is staffed by volunteers.[8] Since 1979, its mascot has been Ruddles The Bear, which was named after a competition in the Epsom Guardian.[9] The hospital is also supported by a charity, the Friends of Epsom and West Park Hospitals.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Our story". Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Epsom". Workhouses. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  3. ^ Mole, Charlie (17 February 2011). "Join our campaign to protect Epsom Hospital". Epsom Guardian. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Show feeling' on Epsom Hospital, urges Surrey MP". BBC News. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Stray cat causes infection scare at Epsom Hospital". BBC. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  6. ^ "The EOC". South West Elective Orthopaedic Centre. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Epsom Hospital". Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Local Charities". Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Ruddles The Bear". Epsom Hospital Radio. Retrieved 21 October 2013.

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