A further £2.4 million investment is to be put into Banbury’s Horton General Hospital to redevelop its Endoscopy Unit.
The amount will secure the future of endoscopy services at the hospital and so prevent people travelling unneccessarily in the future.
The decision was made at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUHT) board meeting yesterday (Wednesday).
The capital investment will improve facilities and bring it up to the latest standards set by the national quality assurance body.
It will also improve facilities for patients in terms of same sex accommodation to meet modern standards.
Construction work will last about four months, starting from September/October, and a temporary theatre will be available at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, using its existing decontamination facilities.
For patients living in Banbury and the surrounding areas, the OUHT are exploring options of providing transport to and from Oxford.
Inpatients requiring emergency endoscopies, which are relatively few in number, will be accommodated within the Horton General Hospital theatres.