Tuesday, 03 August 2021

What the health chiefs say

THE Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is proposing to set up a “rapid access care unit”, led by a

THE Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is proposing to set up a “rapid access care unit”, led by a clinician (a consultant or GP) working with range of health and social care professionals, including community nurses, physiotherapy and occupational therapy practitioners, social care staff, mental health staff and hospital teams

The service would offer next day, one-stop diagnostics and treatments and deliver care such as blood transfusions or administering antibiotics. This means patients would be seen, assessed and treated on the same day.

After being discharged from hospital, patients would be treated at home or closer to where they live, avoiding the need to travel to Oxford or Reading. An “integrated locality team” would also support patients after they have been discharged.

The second floor of the new hospital currently being built will not be needed. This was originally going to be used by Sue Ryder to replace its hospice in Nettlebed but the charity pulled out.

A spokeswoman said: “We are consulting on a new model of care to be delivered at the new Townlands Hospital which better meets the needs of the current and future population of the Henley area rather than the old bed-based hospital model.

“We want to see more people supported and cared for in their own homes. We are proposing to use the space that would have otherwise been used for beds to deliver more clinics to provide quicker assessments for older people and those with chronic illnesses, which is called ambulatory care. This approach would ensure more health services can be provided in Henley to reduce the need for people to visit hospitals in Reading or Oxford.

“We want to obtain the views of all members of the public to our proposals fairly and effectively, and people can do this at public meetings, online and through the post. The consultation questionnaire is designed so people can make their views known on any aspect of our plans.”

• The commissioning group is holding drop-in sessions, where the consultation documents will be available, at the Christ Church Centre on Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to noon, next Friday from 3pm-5pm and Monday, June 15 from noon to 2pm.

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