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Firefighters practise life-saving techniques at empty hospital

An empty hospital in Wiltshire is to be used by local firefighters to practise vital lifesaving techniques. An agreement between NHS Property Services, which owns the vacant and surplus former Westbury Hospital, and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service will see firefighters conduct breathing apparatus training drills at the site. The hospital, off The Butts, ceased operation in April 2012 following the opening of the nearby White Horse Medical Centre and has been…

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Son’s pride as name lives on at new Townlands Hospital

The son of former Henley Round Table chairman Maurice Tate has spoken of his pride that his father’s name will live on at the new Townlands Hospital. Quantity surveyor Maurice Tate was just 39 when he died following a car crash near Henley, in 1969, in which his wife Christine and children Linda and David were also injured. The Maurice Tate Building on the hospital site was opened in 1972 thanks to fundraising by…

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‘Major milestone’ as Townlands Hospital welcomes first patients

A nine-year-old girl was the first patient to be treated in the Minor Injury Unit (MIU) at the new £10 million Townlands Hospital, in Henley, which opened last week. Martha Collins was first through the doors of the MIU, after injuring her little finger playing netball. She was treated and cheered up by the clinical team from (OHFT) including Daphne Pearson, Emergency Paramedic Practitioner, and Jo Crocker, Emergency Nurse Assistant. Medical teams across the…

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Countdown to opening of £10 million Townlands Hospital

The countdown is on to the opening of the new £10 million Townlands Hospital in Henley-on-Thames, with finishing touches being made this week ready to welcome the first patients through the doors. Health care services provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBH) are gradually transferring to the new facility this week from the adjacent old building ready for full opening in the…

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Local people given tour of new Townlands Hospital

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…

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New Townlands Hospital achieves excellent BREEAM rating

The new Townlands Hospital in Henley has established its sustainability credentials already with an “excellent” rating in its first independent assessment. This was awarded by BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) inspectors, who look for evidence of effective use of resources, with a focus on value and efficiency, and award certificates to buildings which they consider enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them. At Townlands, the assessors saw…

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Construction of £10million Townlands Hospital Complete

Construction work on the new Townlands Hospital in Henley-on-Thames is complete. At a site meeting on February 12, developer Amber Infrastructure and the contractor building the new hospital, VINCI Construction UK, informed NHS Property Services that construction work on the building was finished. The hospital was formally handed over to the NHS on February 15 when the practical completion documentation was received. Healthcare services need to be moved out of the old Townlands building…

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Health Secretary marks hospital’s Dementia Friendly award

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has unveiled a plaque to mark the award of Dementia Friendly status to a community hospital in Hampshire. At a visit to Fareham Community Hospital on Friday (12 February) Mr Hunt also met volunteers and the NHS team involved in the project. Mr Hunt was invited to the hospital by Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, who leads a local taskforce supporting the hospital’s usage. Dementia Friendly status recognises that…

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Construction starts on £10 million NHS Swindon Health Centre

Thousands of patients in Swindon can look forward to NHS healthcare in a state-of-the-art new facility as construction work on a £10 million health centre got underway today, January 18, 2016. Project partners marked the start of work on the new 27,000 square feet Swindon Health Centre in a ceremony at Fleming Way. The centre is due to open in spring 2017 and replaces the outdated Health Centre on Carfax Street…

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Sale of historic house set to raise vital funds for NHS

The sale of an historic house in Somerset is set to raise vital funds for the NHS and could see a new lease of life for the Grade II listed property. Lyngford House, in Selworthy Road, Taunton, has stood empty since February 2015 and has been declared surplus to NHS requirements. NHS Property Services inherited the four-acre site from the former Somerset Primary Care Trust as part of the 2013…

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