Epsom and St Helier is set to benefit from a newly announced multi-billion pound Government cash injection which will fund a new emergency hospital. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday announced the Government would invest billions in constructing and improving hospitals across the country, which would "transform" the NHS for patients and staff.

An initial £2.7 billion boost, shared between six trusts, will go towards building a separate facility dedicated to high-risk patients on the site of Epsom, St Helier or a new location in Sutton

Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted that the government has announced further investment in the NHS and specifically that the capital will be made available to invest in a new major acute facility to be built on any one of our three sites - Epsom, St Helier or Sutton. 

"This is the largest investment in healthcare in the region since the hospitals were built (which in St Helier’s case was 80 years ago), and I would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of local people and our staff to everyone who played a role in securing this investment for us."

A formal consultation will soon be announced to give local people a say on the location of the new hospital. 

Under the proposals, Epsom and St Helier would continue to run the majority of services as they do currently, covering 85% of patients. 

For emergency cases and high-risk patients, the remaining 15%, services would be housed in a new facility which could open as early as 2020. 

Mr Johnson, in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, said the Government would be spending £13 billion on what officials described as "new" hospitals, either with entirely new buildings or gutting existing structures to create state-of-the-art facilities.

Questions have been raised whether the Prime Minister's initial claim that the funding would help build 40 hospitals is accurate. 

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: "You can't trust Boris Johnson with the NHS.

"All his past promises on new cash have been exposed as a con and after years of Tory cuts, hospitals are crumbling, facing a £6 billion repair bill.

"What's more our NHS is short of 100,000 staff.

"Only Labour has a costed plan to recruit the extra doctors and nurses our health service needs.

"Ministers must now explain if today's announcement is for completely new projects or ones already planned, what that means for the rest of the NHS capital budget and outline whether existing hospitals or services will close as part of re-configurations and over what timescale.

"Given Boris Johnson's spin of previous health claims, patients and NHS staff will expect total honesty and clarity today."