OCCG has been discussing developments and the need to change the original service offer for the new Townlands Community Hospital in Henley on Thames with local providers, local GPs and the Townlands Steering Group.
As part of this work OCCG wants to understand the public point of view about the proposed changes to services in the hospital.
At the heart of the changes are proposals for the delivery of good quality care close to home which may include diagnosis, observation, treatment and rehabilitation. This type of care is referred to as ‘Ambulatory care’ as it is not provided in the traditional bed based environment.
Dr Andrew Burnett, South East Locality Clinical Director at OOCG, said: ‘This approach has been endorsed by many clinical groups such as the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Acute Medicine Task Force, the College of Emergency Medicine as well as The Kings Fund and others. Delivering ‘ambulatory care’ is not easy. This way of working will require clinicians and their patients to work together in ways that we haven’t done up until now, but this will be an opportunity to bring together the people who can provide the support and care people need and want in one place, bringing services for children and adults, for both mental and physical health and wellbeing, together’.
Within Oxfordshire the shift towards ambulatory care has been made with the introduction of the Emergency Multidisciplinary Units in Abingdon and Witney. These are supported by GPs, community services and acute hospital specialist teams combining resources to best meet the needs of the patient population in or close to their home, wherever possible.
Our desire to make ambulatory care available across Oxfordshire is central to the proposal outlined for the new Townlands Hospital model of care.
In view of the change in the way healthcare will be shaped in the future, we launched a consultation with the public earlier this month, which will run until Monday 15 June. Please share your views with us on our plans for the hospital.
Or, request a copy of the consultation by calling 01865 334638.
There will be an opportunity at the end of OCCG’s Governing Body meeting on Thursday 28 May in Henley Town Hall, Henley on Thames RG9 2AQ (1pm to 2pm) for the public to discuss with OCCG on the plans to change the service provision at Townlands Community Hospital.