Saturday, 31 July 2021

Hospital beds to be part of care home

EIGHT beds will be installed at a care home next to the new Townlands Hospital

EIGHT beds will be installed at a care home next to the new Townlands Hospital.

The beds, which will be together in an area which could be named the Peppard Wing, would then be supplemented by up to six more ?on demand? beds around the Orders of St John care home.

The governing body of the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group made the decision at a meeting in Cowley today (Thursday) after being ?satisfied? that issues around bed provision, staffing and transitional plans had been met.

The group had previously endorsed the model but deferred a decision at a meeting in July, pending "further engagement with stakeholders".

It rejected calls from the Townlands Steering Group to install 14 permanent beds, the same number as in the hospital?s current Peppard Ward.

The group also promised the involve the steering group with monitoring of the new service.

David Smith, chief executive of the commissioning group, said: ?Our modelling shows that we should commission five to eight beds.

?We do note the concerns of the steering group. If we commissioned 14 beds, as the steering group asked, that would incur an additional cost.

?We are also satisfied that the Orders of St John can meet the standards we require for the beds.

?We have made a number of concessions following feedback we have received and we have endeavoured to explain how the new model of care will work.

?I think there?s a valuable role for the steering group in working with ourselves in how the service is delivered and monitored.?

The details of the beds to be provided in the care home will now be negotiated by the commissioning group and the Orders of St John.

After the meeting, Mayor Lorraine Hillier said: ?It was the outcome we expected but not the one we wanted.

?There are still points we are not happy with and we will need to take them back to the community to see how we will move forward.?

Councillor Ian Reissmann, who chairs the steering group, said: ?The meeting went as expected and a number of questions we have previously raised were answered, which shows the influence we have had.

?We now have to go back and ask the community what their view is on the decision.?

The steering group is hoping to arrange a public meeting in the next two weeks.

For a full report of the meeting, see next week?s Henley Standard.

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