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Consultation begins on Oxfordshire's healthcare services

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A public consultation on proposals for the future delivery of healthcare services in Oxfordshire is going ahead in two phases.

Oxfordshire Clinical 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;
  • planned care at the Horton General Hospital including tests and outpatient care;
  • acute stroke services in Oxfordshire;
  • critical care at the Horton General Hospital;
  • maternity 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 across Oxfordshire.

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 2.

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:

The public can also provide feedback by completing an online survey via the Talking Health public involvement service.

Register and complete the online survey at: