Monday, 02 August 2021

Axed hospital beds gifted to local charities

THE old Townlands Hospital beds are getting some more use.

THE old Townlands Hospital beds are getting some more use.

Eleven of the low-electric beds that were previously used on Peppard ward have been donated to three care homes, Tower House and Lashbrook House in Shiplake and Huntercombe Hall in Huntercombe.

Another five have gone to the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed together with a bariatric armchair and a specialist hoist.

All the equipment was originally bought by the Townlands League of Friends for the old ward, which was closed in November as part of the redevelopment of the Townlands site into a £16million “health campus”, which finished on Friday. In September, the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group approved a new rapid access care unit to replace the original plans for 18 beds, despite protests by residents, patients and doctors.

It is due to open by May and will provide services such as antibiotic treatment and transfusions and run alongside eight beds, plus another six “on demand”, in the neighbouring care home, which is due to open in the summer.

Judith Nimmo-Smith, who chairs the League of Friends, said: “The League’s committee felt strongly that the beds purchased from our charitable funds to benefit local patients should go to local homes rather than risk being ‘lost in the system’ across Oxfordshire when the ward was cleared.

“The League is taking time to investigate all options for its way forward under the new hospital system and is already in touch with the Oxfordshire health services and the Orders of St John, which will run the new care home.”

Graham Campbell, head of support services at the Sue Ryder hospice, said: “Some of our beds on the inpatient unit were getting near the end of their life and needed to be replaced. These five profiling beds mean that we now have top line beds that will make such a difference to our patients.

“This donation has saved us thousands of pounds and means the money we would have spent upgrading this equipment can now be used in other areas of care.”

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