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Sale of land on the Churchill Hospital site

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The Board of OUH has agreed a sale of 10 acres of land on the east side of the Churchill Hospital site to the University of Oxford.

The sale will enable the Trust to relocate the Haemophilia and Thrombosis Centre, laboratories, stores and Radio Cherwell to modern, better environments. The Trust will lease back the land and buildings for three years to enable them to prepare new quarters for these services. This means that patients and staff will not see any changes of location until their new premises are ready.

The intention is that these services will move to new sites. Planning has started on the relocation of these services. Funds from this sale will also go towards funding other future capital developments to benefit patients and staff across the Trust.

The University of Oxford and the Trust are working together on a joint vision of a world class hub for health and research on the Churchill Hospital / Old Road Campus site based on the innovative life sciences industrial strategy.

Jason Dorsett, Chief Finance Officer, said: "As patients may have noticed, the buildings on the east side of the Churchill site are in poor condition and the use of the land on this part of the site has not been very well designed. The Trust has already moved a number of services to improved locations - for example, the John Warin Ward moved from this area to a specially commissioned ward in the John Radcliffe Hospital.

"Both the University of Oxford and the Trust are acutely aware that this land abuts the Lye Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest and the needs of this rare and popular nature reserve will be integral to any future plans.

"We look forward to working with patients and staff on designing better service areas for the future."