Friday, 31 October 2014

Guided tour of Epsom Hospital's Day Surgery Unit and EOC Centre

Councillor Tina Mountain, Rosemary Najim and I were given a guided tour of the Day Surgery Unit and EOC centre after our meeting with Dr Ruth Charlton, Deputy Chief Executive and Joint Medical Director, and Helena Reeves, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, who explained that while the finances are tight the Trust are hoping to break even at the end of the year. 

Jane Race, Rosemary Najim, Cllr Tina Mountain and Surgical Matron; Phil Henry.

Helena Reeves kindly showed us round the Day Surgery Unit that was opened by the Duchess of Gloucester on Thursday, September 27, 2012. The £2.5 million day case unit has six beds in each ward, and is in the top four in the country. They cover many different types of elective surgery with 84 per cent of patients going home the same day. They have 12-14 000 day case operations, including paediatrics, a year. 

Inside the Day Surgery Unit Theatre.

We were also shown around the EOC, which is supported by four different NHS Trusts and is the largest in the UK and second largest in the world. They cover orthopaedic surgery, with special interest surgeons in hip, knee and spine. They have five theatres, which do on average six to eight surgeries a day. They also work on Saturdays with an average of twenty-five surgeries, which they want to increase. They have 72 beds in total, split into two main wards. They have one nurse to eight patients with their own physiotherapists that see patients two to three times a day. Their infection rate is very good and the unit is led by Senior Consultants, in fact they are all consultants with a minimum of ten years experience. As we were shown round we all felt that we were very lucky to have such a fine NHS facility in Epsom. 


Monday, 15 September 2014

Next meeting of Surrey ASG!

All welcome at October's meeting of SurreyASG at Epsom General Hospital!

Jane Race, Chair of Surrey ASG with Liz Clarke, Guest Speaker and Lead Pharmacist of SDCCG and Epsom Hospital's Arrhythmia Nurse, Stephanie Cruikshank.

Surrey ASG will be giving free health checks at a shopping centre near you!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Next meeting of Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group!

Following the very successful launch of the Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group our next meeting will be on:

Wednesday 10th September. 4.45pm-7pm at Epsom General Hospital Post Graduate Medical Centre. 

We are delighted to welcome our speaker Liz Clark on will speaking about anti-coagulation. Liz Clark is the Lead Commissioning Pharmacist of Surrey Downs CCG Medicines Management Team. All are welcome. Please email: for more information.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Epsom Conservative's Green Belt Petition with 2000 signatures handed in to Epsom Borough Council

Daniel Race and his Conservative team handed a 2000 signature petition to the Planning Department at Epsom & Ewell Council today, 17/06/2014.

Conservative County Councillor Tina Mountain, Jane Race and Daniel Race hand in petition to Epsom's Town Hall
Local residents have voiced their concern about Green Belt/Conservation land being turned into more residential sites. This petition calls on the local Planning Officers and Committee to reject such developments and highlights the strength of local opposition. 

 Recently Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Justice, wrote to residents of Langley Vale assuring them that his Conservative team are monitoring the situation regarding a field in Langley Bottom Farm which may be subject to a future planning application for further homes.

County Councillor Tina Mountain asked Mole Valley Council to make contact with Epsom Planning Department regarding the consideration of developing the Ashtead Garden Centre and surrounding Green Belt. We are grateful that the planning committee wrote to Mole Valley rejecting the loss of this Green Belt boundary. 

 The Conservative team recently successfully supported local people in objecting to the proposals to turn the historic Priam Lodge stables into residential homes.

Whilst collecting signatures in Epsom Town Centre a young girl asked if she could sign saying 'Once it's gone it's gone forever'. How true. In order to SAVE EPSOM there can be no exceptions. Any exception could set a precedent and if one is permitted more will follow.
Its still not too late to sign. We hope that our petition will be used to fight planning applications and appeals.

Let us SAVE EPSOM together.

Friday, 6 June 2014

The launch of Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group!


Do you have an irregular heartbeat?  Atrial fibrillation? Another arrhythmia?

The Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group (SurreyASG) is holding its first meeting on Wednesday 16th July, at 5pm, at Epsom Town Hall.

SurreyASG is an Arrhythmia support group where patients with an arrhythmia, a heart rhythm disorder, can find out about their condition. We are affiliated to the Arrhythmia-Alliance.

There will be a mixture of activities and events to include clinical speakers, question time, debates, social events, outings and time for tea and mutual support for patients and carers.

Jane Race, Public Lead, and Rosemary Najim, Patient Lead have founded the group. They are delighted that Dr Richard Bogle, FRCP FESC FAAC DHMSA PhD Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead for Cardiology at Epsom and St Helier Hospital, has agreed to be the Medical Lead for the group with Dr John Soo Kiam Wong, MBChB, MRCP (UK) MRCGP as Primary Care Clinical Advisor.

Jane Race says “This is a very exciting opportunity for patients to get expert opinions about their condition from speakers while also gaining mutual support by meeting other patients and making new friends. It is a significant step in empowering patients, allowing them to take control of their condition through education and learning from others.” 

Medical Director: Dr Richard Bogle
According to Dr Bogle: “The Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group is a vital new resource for people with Atrial Fibrillation and other arrhythmias. By improving the information available and allowing people to share their experiences we can make a real difference to the lives of people. The group will also be well placed, with local knowledge, to ensure that patients with arrhythmias are able to get access to rapid and high quality advice and treatment.”  

More information can be found at:

·       An arrhythmia is the medical term for an irregular heartbeat or abnormal heart rhythm
·       Arrhythmias effect the electrics of the heart, distinct from plumbing problems which can lead to the more commonly understood heart attack
·       Sudden cardiac arrest – an arrhythmia – kills 100,000 people in the UK every year
·       The most common arrhythmia - atrial fibrillation (AF) - affects an estimated 1.5 million people in the UK and is the most powerful risk factor associated with strokes
·       A simple pulse check can be the easiest way of detecting a potentially fatal arrhythmia
·       Symptoms of arrhythmias include palpitations, faintness or fainting, fatigue and dizziness


The next few months are very exciting times for health care in Surrey. Rosemary Najim and I have been working with our Clinical Commissioning Group to help improve care pathways for our local population. I look forward to sharing some exciting developments with you in the next few months.

We have also arranged a talk in Stoneleigh Broadway from Surrey Downs CCG's Dr Simon Williams who will be speaking about the future plans and priorities of Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG).
This is a free event, open to all, on Tuesday 10th June at 19:30 at The Station Pub, Stoneleigh, Broadway, Surrey KT17 2JA.
Dr Simon Williams is a GP and member of the SDCCG governing board and is the lead for the Mid Surrey locality, which includes parts of Epsom and Ewell.
He will cover the SDCCG Vision for our local hospital, out of hours care, and GP services.  There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions.
Clinical commissioning groups are statutory bodies; which have the function of commissioning services for the purposes of the health service in England.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Letter printed in Epsom Guardian: Don't waste opportunity

Don't waste opportunity

9:40am Thursday 22nd May 2014
It is with much disappointment that I hear that the town centre manager has resigned after such a short period in the role.
When I first met Adam, at the beginning of his term, he was very positive about the changes that could be made in Epsom town centre in order to revitalise the town, to make it more attractive to new businesses and also easier and cheaper for residents to use.  His loss will now substantially delay any progress that could have been made in the town centre.
Epsom has had much need of a town centre manager, and has waited a long time for the council to appoint one. In the last month we have lost another two businesses from the town centre. It is very important that when a replacement is found for Adam that the council officers, RA led borough councillors and other stakeholders are willing to listen to their recommendations and realise that substantial changes are required if Epsom is going to thrive and return to the lovely town that it once was.
Both national government and the Ashley Centre have outlaid a substantial amount of money for this appointment. Let’s not see it go to waste!
Jane Race

Monday, 19 May 2014

The launch of the new Smart Card, the Key, at Epsom Rail Station,

Chris Grayling MP and Jane Race at the launch of the Key.

On Friday 16th May 2014 a smart card for Southern trains was launched at Epsom Rail Station.  This is something that I have been campaigning for with fellow local Conservatives for a number of years.  I am delighted that we are able to offer this for the residents of Epsom, and deliver on our promise of a smart card system.

The key is the new smartcard available from Southern. Over the coming months the key will become available at more Southern stations and exciting new ticket types will be introduced. Take a look at what is available now and whether you can start to take advantage of what the key can currently offer.

You can now purchase Single and Return tickets, plus Weekly, Monthly and Annual Season tickets for journeys to London Victoria, London Bridge, London Waterloo, Vauxhall, Waterloo East, London Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Blackfriars and City Thameslink from the majority of stations outside of London on the Southern network.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Working hard in Epsom's gorgeous College Ward!

For the last few days I have been out and about in College Ward knocking on resident's doors and collecting signatures for our Green Belt petition. We have been overwhelmed by the support for our cause and delighted that so many resident's also want to protect our beautiful countryside and retain Epsom's character.

Jane Race, Jose Fiuza and Alex Clarke measuring speed bumps
This morning, Conservative County Councillor Tina Mountain, EECA Chairman Jose Fiuza, Alex Clarke and I met with Surrey Highway's Maintenance Engineer, Jefferson Nwokeoma to measure the speed humps on Burgh Heath Road and raise our concerns about the very dangerous S bend which I have spoken about my our blog before and also highlighted some of the pot holes on Burgh Heath Road.

It was agreed that we would request the council to put in another hump on the bend to slow traffic as currently we are concerned about HGV's using the road.

Jane Race, Cllr Tina Mountain, Jefferson Nwokeoma and Alex Clarke

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Letter printed in the Epsom Guardian May 8th 2014

More support needed following closure of Field to Fork

1:16pm Tuesday 6th May 2014
It is with much regret that I hear Epsom is losing another business from its High Street. Losing Field to Fork is a great blow to Epsom.
On the occasions that I visited, the food and service were outstanding.
They were also kind enough to sponsor some of the charity events that I organised, raising money for Epsom Medical Equipment Fund and Epsom's Riding for the Disabled. They will be greatly missed.
Epsom Council must do more to stop businesses from going under.
So far Epsom's parking charges are much higher than neighbouring towns and is inadequately provided for.
Whilst the council has done well to start off peak parking charges earlier, they have also put the prices up!
Why is this necessary when the council is not using any of their reserve funds this year?
Tax rates for the High Street are also very high. The council must do more to stop excellent restaurants such as Field to Fork from going bust.
Jane Race

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Please sign our petition to Save Epsom's Green Belt

Please sign our online petition to support planning officers both in Epsom and Mole Valley to reject any loss of green belt. 

The Woodland Trust will safeguard 640 acres of land but one field has been retained by Langley Bottom Farm. This land is immediately adjacent to the village and villagers fear future residential development. 

At the same time the RAC private members club are negotiating with Epsom planners to abuse the green belt in order to expand their facilities. This area is now surrounded by potential breaches of the green belt. 

Epsom and Mole Valley are committed to retaining our green belt but require your support. - See more at:

Public meetings held on flagship forest plans for Langley Vale

Public meetings held on flagship forest plans for Langley Vale

12:40pm Tuesday 25th March 2014
By Hardeep Matharu
The Woodland Trust revealed more details of its plan to create a flagship forest in Epsom to commemorate the anniversary of World War One at two public meetings.
The meetings, held on Sunday, March 23, at Langley Vale village hall, involved a presentation followed by a question-and-answer session.  Those attending were also asked to fill in a questionnaire. 
Jane Race, from Epsom, who attended the second meeting, said the trust explained that it just needs to raise £100,000 from public donations to hit its financial target to create four Centenary Woods, the English one in Epsom, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This is because £3m has already been donated for the £12m project and every £1 donated will be matched by £90 pledged by businesses.
Mrs Race said working groups would be set up to look at how to create and manage the 200,000 tree wood and the trust wants to speak with key members of the community.
Epsom Guardian:
A map of the proposed Centenary Wood in Langley Vale 
She said a landscaped area rather than a statue or monument is to be created as a commemoration, with a national, not simply Epsom focus, as this will be England’s only Centenary Wood.
The trust is looking at launching 'a dedicate a tree' programme in June with a likely cost of £20 per tree.
The trust said it will be working with Surrey County Council to reduce the traffic congestion which could be caused by the forest.  Public access to the site will be from Headley Road to a main car park.  There will be toilets on site but no cafe.
For the next two years, Langley Bottom Farm will remain a working farm, but beyond this the trust does not know what will happen to it.
To make a donation click here.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Letter printed in Epsom Guardian; Cheaper parking in Epsom is only part of the solution

Cheaper parking in Epsom is only part of the solution

12:34pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014
While Epsom and Ewell Council is to be commended for looking in to car parking charges, it appears that the reduction of some car parking fees are at the expense of rises in others.
If the council truly wants to increase the footfall in Epsom town centre they should look at strategies to raise the quality and variety of shops and attract new businesses to the area.
Nationally the trend seems to be an expansion in online shopping, leaving the high street to independent boutiques.
Councils must encourage affordable premises for new businesses and the new owners must be confident shoppers have easy access and competitive parking charges.
Jane Race; Epsom