‘Major milestone’ as Townlands Hospital welcomes first patients

Jo Crocker, Emergency Nurse Assistant (left) and Daphne Pearson, Emergency Paramedic Practitioner, of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, bring a smile to the face of brave Martha Collins, nine, who was the first patient to be treated at the new Minor Injuries Unit at Townlands Hospital after injuring a finger.

by Alex Cameron

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 hospital from providers OHFT and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) have been welcoming their first patients as all the services provided at the old hospital transfer to the new building.

The opening of the hospital marks the culmination of years of work by NHS partners, members of the community and developers.

Healthcare providers commissioned by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group are working closely with NHS Property Services, which has the head lease on the building, to ensure services, staff and patients continue to settle into the modern facility.

A panoramic shot showing the rear of the new hospital.

A panoramic shot showing the rear of the new hospital.

Among the services provided from the new hospital are:

  • Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)
  • GP Out-of-Hours (OOH)
  • Outpatients
  • Podiatry
  • Physiotherapy

James Wakeham, Regional Director for NHS Property Services, said: “This is a major milestone in the Townlands Hospital project. It gives us great pride to open the doors of this wonderful facility to local people.”

District nursing teams covering the Henley-on-Thames area are also relocating into the new building, and will continue to visit patients in their own homes.

Stephanie Greenwood, RBFT’s 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 OHFT, said: “This is a great day for our patients who are already telling our teams what a difference it makes to be in modern, high quality facilities.”

The Townlands Hospital MIU, pictured in the final week before opening.

The Townlands Hospital MIU, pictured in the final week before opening.