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Improved ENT services for patients in Banbury


Day-case ear nose and throat surgery has been re-introduced to the Horton General Hospital, Banbury, after an absence of more than 10 years.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has announced that the sessions will be run three mornings per month, with a Saturday pre-operative audiological assessment.

This is a new service to cope with increased demand for ENT services in the Banbury and north Oxfordshire area. Patients will be able to ask their GP to be referred to the Horton. Currently, the Trust provides adult outpatient and aural care services at Banbury.

Oxford patients will not have to travel to Banbury for their surgery, although they will have the choice to do so, and waiting times are expected to shorten.

The service will provide a consultant ENT surgeon, working every Tuesday at the Horton, covering clinic and theatres. The current weekend audiology service in the Horton has been expanded to accommodate the pre-operative audiological testing.

The operation list will start with paediatric cases only and expand with time to include both children's and adult day-case operations.

Professor Edward Baker, Medical Director, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to bring ENT surgical services closer to the homes of people in the north of Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. We are in a process of looking at other services that can be brought to the Horton in order to reduce travel times for patients."