PERFORMANCE: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is to introduce a temporary ward of 40 beds to expand its capacity and reduce waits over winter, according to chief executive Michael Wilson.

In a weekly update to staff, he said: “We all know that East Surrey Hospital has a history of patients spending long periods of time in corridors in the A&E department and of overcrowding.

“With the support of the strategic health authority we have just submitted plans to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council for a 40-bed temporary general ward to increase capacity and improve patient experience.

“We have also submitted plans for a six-room paediatric outpatient unit on the East Surrey Hospital site. It is hoped that both these units are in place for when the peak winter demand hits in January.”