“Our young grandson had his first asthma attack four years ago, just before his first birthday. Since then our daughter and son-in-law have taken him to St Helier A&E on numerous occasions and he has always received exemplary treatment from the staff of the A&E Department and on the Children’s Ward where he has been a patient. My daughter and her husband have every confidence that their son will receive the treatment he needs at St Helier. It is a traumatic journey for them to take their small son to hospital with breathing difficulties and they need to get there quickly. If the A&E department at St Helier is closed they will be forced to make a longer journey to either Mayday Hospital, Croydon or East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, thus delaying the start of the vital treatment our grandson needs.

We would not like to see St Helier lose these vital departments forcing local residents to travel greater distances for treatment at a time of their greatest need.”

Jan Riches, Cheam