Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Care unit opening

THE rapid access care unit at the new Townlands Hospital in Henley will open on Monday.

The unit was originally due to open in March last year but this was delayed by the need to convert the first floor, which was built according to the original plans for an 18-bed ward.

It will offer services such as antibiotic treatment and transfusions and will operate alongside a minor injuries unit, podiatry, outpatient services, physiotherapy and out-of-hours GP services as well as up to eight beds at the neighbouring Orders of St John care home, Chilterns Court, which opened in November.

The unit will be led by Dr Alison Espley, an associate specialist, and locum consultant Dr Victoria Britton, along with a team of nurses, physiotherapists, social care co-ordinators, mental health workers and other staff.

Clinical lead Kirsty Blee said: “The unit will make shorter, same day treatments available locally for patients who will be able to benefit from expert clinical professional care and support, helping to avoid a stay in hospital away from home, family and friends.

“It is often the case that frail, older people often have more than one long-term condition, which may include dementia, and need to stay in hospital because their overall health or a specific condition has worsened.

“The unit in Henley will provide patients with an additional facility to access the care and support they need closer to home while maintaining their independence, staying as active as they can.”

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