Children with cancer in North Oxfordshire will soon be able to access some elective treatments at Banbury’s Horton General Hospital rather than travel to Oxford.
The new services on offer include blood and platelet transfusions, the administration of routine antibiotics or prolonged courses of antibiotics or anti-virals, dressing changes and blood samples and elective reviews of well children, subject to the availability of specific doctors.
Tony McDonald, General Manager for OUHT’s Children’s and Women’s Division said: “We are delighted to make this announcement. A key part of our children’s strategy is bringing services closer to children, young people and their families and the communities in which they live.
“Our thriving children’s services at the Horton General Hospital is one of the cornerstones of this strategy as we continuously develop and improve the services we provide in partnership with patients, their families and our staff.”
Under the new arrangements Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nurses and Kamran’s Ward, Oxford, will still be the first point for parents, and if a child becomes acutely ill parents should still contact Oxford.
Dr Tania Davison, Paediatric Speciality Doctor, added: “This can be a very difficult time for families, so if reducing the amount of travelling for treatment makes it easier for them, we are very happy to help.”
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