Consultation begins on Oxfordshire's healthcare services
A public consultation on proposals
for the future delivery of healthcare services in Oxfordshire is going
ahead in two phases.
Commissioning Group is leading the formal consultation on the proposals which
have been developed as part of the Oxfordshire Transformation Programme.
The first phase of
the consultation started on 16 January 2017 and runs for three months, focusing on proposed changes to:
- the use
of our hospital beds and moving more care out of hospital and closer to home;
care at the Horton General Hospital including tests and outpatient care;
stroke services in Oxfordshire;
care at the Horton General Hospital;
services for women in north Oxfordshire and options for the future delivery of maternity
services at the Horton General Hospital, including obstetrics, and the Special Care Baby Unit.
Over the past year, our clinical
teams have worked with our NHS and social care colleagues on the options for
the future delivery of services including those at the Horton General Hospital. The opportunities for doing things differently have been discussed with
staff, stakeholders, patients and the public at a number of engagement events
Our vision for the Horton is to
expand outpatient facilities and significantly increase the number of
outpatient appointments available at the hospital. We want to increase day case surgery and
outpatient diagnostic services reducing the need for patients to travel to
Oxford's departments for tests and scans. Our joint ambition is to better integrate health and care services and
to shift resources to enable more services to be delivered locally and to treat
people closer to where they live.
It was decided that a two-stage
consultation process was necessary to allow for additional work to develop the
options for Emergency
Departments and emergency care services, children's services, and community
hospitals, and maternity services and midwifery-led units in Oxfordshire. These proposals will be consulted on in phase
This consultation and the work of
the Oxfordshire Transformation Programme forms a substantial part of
Oxfordshire's contribution to the wider Sustainability and Transformation Plan
(STP) for Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and West Berkshire (known as BOB STP),
one of 44 STPs being developed across the country to support the delivery of
the NHS Five Year Forward View.
How to have your say
A number of events are being held in towns across the county
where the public can hear more about the proposals and share their views.
Further information on all of these of events, their locations and
venues can be found on the website:
public can also provide feedback by completing an online survey via the Talking
Health public involvement service.
Register and complete the online survey at: https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk