Further Townlands engagement welcomed

Released on July 30, 2015

South Oxfordshire District Council has welcomed promises of further engagement over plans for a ‘next-day Rapid Access Care Unit’ at the new Townlands Hospital.

The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is proposing to introduce the new unit at the Henley site to provide assessment and treatment of patients with a crisis or deterioration in their hearth or long-term condition. 

Patients requiring an extended stay could be moved to the neighbouring Orders of St John care home where up to eight beds would be available.  However, many local residents and councillors are campaigning for 18 beds on the hospital grounds as promised in the original plans.

On Thursday (30 July) The Oxfordshire CCG Governing Board gave their support to the scheme but asked for more work to be carried out before a final decision is made.  They have asked for further engagement with stakeholders on transition plans, staffing, bed arrangements and clinical engagement.

Cllr John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We understand residents’ concerns over the plans for the new Rapid Access Care Unit, particularly the change in the promised bed arrangements.  I am encouraged to hear that further consultation work will now take place and hope that the views of the local community are now properly taken into account.”