The rapid access care unit at the new Townlands Hospital is just weeks away from opening to patients after building work was finished.
The work to modify part of the floor was completed on December 30 and the unit was then handed over to the NHS.
The unit at the £10 million hospital is designed to replace 14 “lost” beds and was originally due to open in March last year.
The opening has been delayed because of the need to convert the first floor at the hospital which was built according to the original plans with an 18-bed ward.
The new unit 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 at the hospital as well as the eight beds at the neighbouring Orders of St John care home, which is due to open in November.
Chris Hewitt, head of urgent care for the Oxford Health Foundation Trust, said: “Preparation for the opening of the unit is now underway, this will include a thorough clinical clean, installing and checking of all equipment and final troubleshooting.
“Taking into consideration the festive period of Christmas and New Year, the unit is anticipated to open its doors to the first patient on 23 January 2017.”
Dr Alison Espley has been appointed as associate specialist for the unit and will work alongside Dr Victoria Britton, a locum consultant, nurses and therapists.
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