A GIRL with a sprained finger was the first patient to be treated at the new Townlands Hospital
A GIRL with a sprained finger was the first patient to be treated at the new Townlands Hospital.
Martha Collins, nine, visited the minor injuries unit after being injured while playing netball at Rupert House School in Bell Street, where she is a pupil.
Paramedic Daphne Pearson and nurse Jo Crocker strapped up the little finger on her left hand before sending Martha home.
The new £10 million hospital opened on Monday after services including physiotherapy, outpatients and an out-of-hours GP were moved from the old building.
District nursing teams who visit patients at home will also move into the new building. Community groups which used the old Maurice Tate building, including the Henley Talking Newspaper, have moved to a room on the first floor.
The hospital’s new rapid access care unit, which will offer services including antibiotic treatment and transfusions, is not expected to open before May. David Smith, chief executive of the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is a landmark day for local health care. Townlands Hospital is a first class facility of which we can all be proud.
“It will serve local people for many years to come and we are working to expand the range of services offered there.”