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St. Ebba's Hospital, Epsom

Health written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what plans he has for the residual mental health service on the St. Ebba's hospital site in Epsom;

(2) if he will build a village community on the St. Ebba's site for people with learning disabilities;

(3) what account he has taken of the proposals put by members of the St. Ebba's parents and relatives group since the end of the public inquiry in its future plans for the site; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

Surrey Oaklands national health service trust has plans for a total of 55 residents to be cared for on the reconfigured site with a further six people to be cared for in an adjacent home with easy access to on-site facilities.

Three homes providing continuing care are already open. The proposals for the further use of the St. Ebba's site are still under development. Current proposals envisaged that all building work should be completed and the remaining accommodation available for occupation by early 2004. The St. Ebba's parents and relatives group has been fully involved in all stages of the planning process.

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