Tuesday, 24 April 2018

New provider expected

AN announcement will be made soon on the use of the third floor of the new Townlands Hospital in Henley following the withdrawal of Sue Ryder

AN announcement will be made soon on the use of the third floor of the new Townlands Hospital in Henley following the withdrawal of Sue Ryder.

The charity was due to move its hospice in Nettlebed to a new 12-bed facility at the hospital, which is being redeveloped, but has decided to stay put for the foreseeable future in order to keep its staff together in one place.



Town councillor Ian Reissmann, who is chairman of the Townlands Steering Group, said an announcement on who would now deliver services on the top floor would be made â??shortlyâ?�.



He was speaking at last weekâ??s meeting of Henley Town Council in response to criticism from a resident during public questions.





Dylan Thomas, of Northfield End, raised Sue Ryderâ??s withdrawal and the loss of the GPsâ?? contract to care for patients at Townlands by the Bell and Hart surgeries.



He asked why the steering group was â??so ineffectiveâ?�, adding: â??Is this some kind of vanity project for Mr Reissmann and Henley Residentsâ?? Group?â?�



Cllr Reissmann said: â??NHS Property Services took the decision to build that floor. I don't quite understand why you feel thereâ??s an issue.



â??Delivery of health services is not something that happens in static. The issue will be resolved and that is what the Townlands Steering Group is here to do and thank goodness it is here.â?�



He said the group had helped to ensure the hospital was redeveloped.



Cllr Reissmann said talks were taking place about GP cover at Townlands Hospital from April 1 when the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust takes over the contract.



He added: â??That contract will be at least as good as the one that preceded it.â?�



Last month, the Henley Standard revealed that the Bell and Hart surgeries had lost the contract to care for patients at Townlands after almost 30 years.





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