Forum to tackle north Oxfordshire’s growing health needs


As north Oxfordshire faces a soaring population, the public are invited to a meeting to share their views on the future health needs of the region.

The North Oxfordshire Locality Patient and Public Forum is holding a meeting in Chipping Norton on November 10.

Among the issues being discussed are how health services will deal with the population increase proposed in the Local Plan; intermediate care facilities commissioned by Oxon County Council and people’s experiences of the first aid unit in Chipping Norton.

Anita Higham, chair of the forum said it wanted to hear how well people thought health services met the needs of patients.

She said: “It is important that we hear the views of people in North Oxfordshire so that patients’ experiences of health services can be fed back to health and care organisations and continually improved.

“Feedback given on the night will be used by the forum to feedback to local health and care organisations.”

The meeting runs from 7.30pm to 9pm at Chipping Norton School, on Burford Road. There will be parking available at the school or leisure centre.

Particularly welcome are patients from GP practices in Banbury, Chipping Norton and the surrounding villages of Bloxham and Hook Norton, Cropredy, Deddington, Sibford and Wychwood. People working for organisations which have an interest in local health issues are also welcome to attend the meeting.

A workshop held last month, organised by the Community Partnership Network and attended by those tasked with providing health services and others, addressed how already-stretched services will be managed amid shrinking budgets.

An elderly population is forecast to grow faster in Oxfordshire than in England as a whole.

To find our more or to get involved in the forum, contact the team organising the event on or 01865 334640.