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Locality – South West Oxfordshire – November 2014

Forum Re-elects a New Chair

At a meeting of the locality’s Forum in October, members re-elected Martin Tarran-Jones as their Chair. Martin had previously held this post until January 2014. The position of Vice-Chair of the Forum remains vacant.

During October’s meeting held at Didcot Civic Hall, it was reported that a survey carried out by the patient group at the Woodlands Medical Centre in Didcot, showed that patients had expressed high levels of satisfaction with the service at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the Churchill hospital (both based in Oxford).

However, only half of the patients who took part in the survey were satisfied with their experiences at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. The survey results were submitted to NHS Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUHT) who runs these hospitals. This resulted in Caroline Heason, the Trust’s Safeguarding Adults and Patient Services Manager attending the Forum meeting in October. Caroline talked about how the Trust was able to gauge patient satisfaction with the services they provide through the NHS Friends and Family Test.

There was also a discussion at the Forum meeting on the findings of an interim report into local maternity services, which has been led by the patient group at the Whitehorse Medical Practice in Faringdon. It showed that from 88 responses collected from five patient groups in the locality there was an overall positive view of maternity services but also some ‘poor experiences.’ The report is still being developed and this will be discussed at the locality Forum meeting in January 2015 when an action plan will be agreed.

Information About the Locality
There are 14 GP practices in the locality with a population of around 140,000. The locality Clinical Director is Dr Julie Anderson who is supported by Dr Gavin Bartholomew.

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