Thursday, 19 April 2018

Meeting for Townlands proposals postponed

THE services to be provided at the new Townlands Hospital should be revealed next month

THE services to be provided at the new Townlands Hospital should be revealed next month.

The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group was due to present its proposals for the redeveloped Henley hospital at a meeting with the Townlands Steering Group on Wednesday.

However, the meeting was postponed for a week as the details had not been finalised.

Last week, the Henley Standard reported that an announcement on use of the third floor of the new hospital was imminent following the withdrawal of Sue Ryder.

The charity was due to move its hospice in Nettlebed to a new 12-bed facility at Townlands but decided to stay put in order to keep all its staff and services together.

Town councillor Ian Reissman, who is chairman of the steering group, said the clinical commissioning group?s proposals would be considered at next week?s meeting and presented to the public the following week.

He said: ?The group?s proposals are not yet ready to be put forward so they?ve asked for another week. But as a show of good faith they presented to us where they are so far. The original plan was for a meeting this week where the group presented its plans and a layout for all the floors, including what will be provided and by whom.

?If those were acceptable they would have been presented in public next week but the whole schedule has been pushed back a week.

?It?s not just the Sue Ryder issue, they are trying to be firm and clear on everything, all services and providers.

?The clinical commissioning group does set itself very demanding timetables.?

Cllr Reissman said that talks on GP cover at Townlands were continuing before the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust takes over the contract on April 1.

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

However, the talks are designed to see if the trust and the surgeries could work together on GP services and visits to patients on Peppard ward.

Cllr Reissman said: ?I understand discussions are continuing and going well but as yet I haven?t had any confirmation that something has been finalised.?

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