Work on new Oxfordshire care unit complete

Townlands Memorial Hospital

by Alex Cameron

Patients are one step closer to being treated in a new care unit at Townlands Memorial Hospital, in Henley-on-Thames, after work to modify the first floor was completed.

NHS Property Services commissioned the reconfiguration work on behalf of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group in order to accommodate the new Rapid Access Care Unit (RACU). The modified space was handed over to the NHS by contractors on 30 December.

NHS Property Services has been working with NHS partners who will be providing healthcare services from the RACU to co-ordinate mobilisation of the unit as the final stages of the work were completed.

Chris Hewitt, Head of Urgent Care for Oxford Health Foundation Trust said: “We are pleased that the building works have been completed for the Rapid Access Care Unit which has now been handed over to us.

“Preparation for the opening of the unit is now underway, this will include a thorough clinical clean, installing and checking of all equipment and final troubleshooting. Taking into consideration the festive period of Christmas and New Year, the RACU is anticipated to open its doors to the first patient on 23 January 2017.”

Dr Alison Espley has been appointed to the post of Associate Specialist for the service, and looks forward to welcoming patients when the unit opens.

She will work alongside Dr Victoria Britton, a Locum Consultant, and other members of a multi-disciplinary team including nurses and therapists.

NHS Property Services holds the head lease on the building on behalf of the NHS. Most services starting operating at the £10 million hospital in March 2016.