STRUCTURE:  There was a “temporary relocation” of all 12 inpatient beds from Dorking hospital last month, due to early indicators of care standards being at risk of falling.

The community facility is run by social enterprise Central Surrey Health and employed 16 staff who have been redeployed.  

Its beds, of which six were occupied, were transferred to Leatherhead community hospital in the middle of June, after an increase in pressure ulcer incidence and long-term staff vacancies.

Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group played down speculation in the local press that the Dorking facility would be closed.

Dr Steve Loveless, GP lead for Dorking locality and CCG governing body member, said: “Any rumours suggesting it may close are untrue and unhelpful.

“Patient care and safety always comes first and that is why Central Surrey Health, who are responsible for the staffing and running of the inpatient beds, have taken the steps they feel are necessary.”

He added: “We fully support their decision to temporarily relocate inpatient beds from Dorking to Leatherhead Hospital. This prompt action will ensure patients continue to get the care they need whilst staffing and other issues are addressed.

“As part of our vision we want to expand the range of services available in the community and with plans for a new x-ray service, Dorking Hospital is very much part of this vision.”