Chance to give your views on Banbury’s Horton Hospital to health bosses

Banbury Town Hall
Banbury Town Hall

The future of the Horton General Hospital and the services Banbury needs will be discussed at an informal ‘drop in’ session on Tuesday, July 12.

Health bosses in Oxford are planning the future of health care in Oxfordshire and need to know what the public feels about ‘transformation’ plans, which at this early stage are suggesting major downgrades at the Horton.

These include introduction of midwife-only maternity (offering only ‘home birth in hospital’), no special care baby unit, no 24-hour children’s ward and a GP-led minor injuries unit in place of full A&E.

All the current acute services would move to Oxford and emergencies would have to be transferred to the John Radcliffe for admission or consultant attention.

The meeting or ‘Big Conversation Roadshow’ will be at Banbury Town Hall from 6pm-9pm and will be a chance for the public to pop in and have informal conversations with NHS clinicians and staff to share their ideas on how NHS services in Oxfordshire can deliver care in the future.

Damon Palmer, director of the Oxfordshire ‘transformation’ programme, said: “We really want the public to be partners with us in this process. “We cannot afford to continue providing services in the way we have done in the past. Together we need to re-think how we deliver health and social care services.”

Oxford University Hospitals Trust is asking the public to complete an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NL9SRDY to help inform planners of the thoughts and wishes of patients and the community.

Keep the Horton General, the campaign group set up to protect acute services at the Horton is running its own survey because it believes the trust version questionnaire is weighted in favour of achieving results that justify downgrading.

Follow the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K3VFYT2 to the KTHG questionnaire. Patients and the public are urged to fill in both surveys.