Epsom Hospital in Surrey will remain open, according to assurances given to local councillors by NHS managers.

Epsom and Ewell councillors met health service chiefs to express concerns that Epsom Hospital could close as part of the NHS’s Better Services Better Value review, which covers Surrey and south west London.

However, the team behind the review told councillors they envisaged a continuing role for the hospital, a council spokesman said.

Councillor George Crawford, the chairman of the Epsom and Ewell health liaison committee, said the overall messages were positive but that areas of uncertainty remained.

“We know times have changed and the Epsom Hospital of 20 years’ time will be different from today, just as today it is different from 20 years ago,” Mr Crawford said.

He added that the council would wait to see the review’s full recommendations and would continue to lobby for the hospital’s future.

The review has set out proposals to have three hospitals with A&E and maternity units across fives sites - Epsom, St Helier, Kingston, Croydon and St George’s.

Plans are to continue to have services at all five sites, with all providing urgent care, day surgery and outpatient services.