Local people given tour of new Townlands Hospital

Representatives of the Townlands Stakeholder Reference Group (TSRG), the
Townlands Steering Group (TSG), and the Friends of Townlands Hospital (FROTH),
are pictured at the rear of the new hospital with NHS representatives during the
visit on March 7.

by Alex Cameron

Local people who are giving their time to supporting the development and implementation of new services at Townlands Hospital were shown round the building this week.

Members of the Townlands Stakeholder Reference Group, the Friends of Townlands Hospital (FROTH) and the Townlands Steering Group (TSG) were shown how the finishing touches are being put to the interior of the building and updated on how services will transfer to the £10million facility from the adjacent old hospital.

On Monday, 7 March, the group was shown round by representatives of NHS Property Services, which will take the head lease on the site, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which will commission services in the building and  healthcare providers Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT).

David Smith, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire CCG, said: “We are pleased that local people who have given up their own time on the development of Townlands have had the opportunity to see the work in progress to deliver this modern healthcare facility.”

The Townlands Stakeholder Reference Group is made up of representatives of local community groups, patients and carers and was formed in December 2015 following the decision by the Board of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to endorse the clinical model proposed for Townlands Hospital, which includes the transfer of all existing services, an expansion of the number of services offered and the implementation of a new ambulatory care service.

NHS Property Services Regional Director James Wakeham, who welcomed the group to the new building, said: “It’s good that local people have had the chance to see the hospital for themselves and we are working with our NHS partners to get the building ready for services to start in their new home.”

Members of the group later said they were very impressed by the new facility.