Friday, 30 July 2021

A look inside the new Townlands Hospital

THIS is the inside of the new £10million Townlands Hospital in Henley.

THIS is the inside of the new £10million Townlands Hospital in Henley.

The Henley Standard was given a tour of the new facility and shown around the minor injuries unit, outpatients services, physiotherapy and X-ray units on the ground floor.

The paper was also shown the first floor where the rapid access care unit will be located once open, and the Maurice Tate Room, which has been reprovided.

We were not allowed to see the vacant first floor of the hospital, which is unoccupied after Sue Ryder pulled out of a deal to relocate its Nettlebed hospice to a 12-bed facility.

Medical teams have been treating patients in the modern, purpose-built facilities for the last two weeks.

All services provided at the old hospital have moved to the new building and patients are now reporting to the new reception on the ground floor, immediately behind the old Peppard ward, which is being demolished.

Healthcare services commissioned by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group are provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

James Wakeham, regional director for NHS Property Services, said: “We have reached a major milestone in the Townlands Hospital project. It gives us great pride to open this wonderful facility to local people.”

Stephanie Greenwood, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Townlands service manager, added: “Colleagues are very pleased to be working in a bright and airy environment that is fit for modern health care — it’s a remarkable transformation from the old buildings.”

Pete McGrane, clinical director at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, added: “Our patients are already telling our teams what a difference it makes to be in modern, high quality facilities.”

A formal opening ceremony is planned for later in the year, when the demolition works have been concluded.

For the full story see next week’s Henley Standard.

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