A HEALTHCARE watchdog is supporting the delay in a final decision being made on the future
A HEALTHCARE watchdog is supporting the delay in a final decision being made on the future of Townlands Hospital in Henley.
But Healthwatch Oxfordshire says concerns about the plans not to have a bedded ward at the new £16million “health campus” must be addressed.
The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has opted to defer a final decision on the model of care at the new hospital.
It wants to have a rapid access care unit alongside five to eight beds at the neighbouring Orders of St John care home. Residents, councillors and GPs in Henley have called for 18 beds to be installed at the hospital, as originally proposed.
Healthwatch says there are issues around staffing, home care and the transition plans.
Carol Moore, head of projects, said: “The feedback we received from the patient participation groups was overall that the ambulatory care model seems to make sense but they had concerns over that model being successfully delivered due to staffing constrictions and the impact on carers. There was also confusion over the difference between a rapid access care unit and an emergency multi-disciplinary unit. From what we’ve seen from the commissioning group’s governing body, the move to delay a final decision seems a reasonable one.
“The commissioning group has to go back to the scrutiny committee in September to explain its next steps, so when that’s agreed and the papers are available we would like to see the concerns addressed, including a full transitional plan.”
The commissioning group board next meets on September 24.