Trust responds to Horton Hospital ward changes

The Horton General Hospital, Maternity Unit, in Banbury. NNL-160706-143625009
The Horton General Hospital, Maternity Unit, in Banbury. NNL-160706-143625009

The NHS Trust in charge of the Horton General Hospital have confirmed plans to make changes to wards at the hospital

The Banbury Guradian revealed yesterday (Thursday) that Keep the Horton General (KTHG) campaigners were reeling after anonymous sources said they have been told a medical ward and reshuffle of a second at the Banbury hospital will close will mean a loss of 36 beds with 60 jobs redeployed.

The campaign group put out a crisis alert to the public and media after getting information about the possible closure of Oak Ward which accommodates stroke victims and acute medical patients.

KTHG also claim that F-Ward, dedicated to trauma and orthopaedic cases is being slashed and moved to the former Oak ward and some beds converted into an ‘emergency assessment’ area to take patients out of A&E.#

The Oxford University Hospitals Trust has responded to the claims.

Director of Clinical Services Paul Brennan said: “We have been consulting and discussing with our staff plans to reconfigure some wards at the Horton General Hospital to meet the needs of our patients. The changes are part of reconfiguration within the Trust to provide the same model of care for general medical patients at both the Horton and at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The changes are part of the continuing development of our services to provide consistent, quality care.

“The proposals involve Oak Ward being reconfigured to care for orthopaedic patients and short-stay medical patients. This will include 18 beds for orthopaedic patients and 18 beds for short stay medical patients. This provides an increase in the number of medical short stay beds from 8 to 18. Our stroke patients, currently cared for on Oak Ward, will move to a quieter environment on the medical ward on level 1.

“These plans enable us to provide a better integration of our general medicine and medical assessment services, and the development of ambulatory care and treatment in line with models that we have already introduced at the John Radcliffe Hospital. We will continue to see the same number of patients at the Horton but provide home-based care and care in the Rowan Day Hospital (Ambulatory) as appropriate. Patients who need to be admitted will be admitted to the increased number of short-stay medical beds or to a general medical bed.

“The total number of beds affected is 28 on F Ward. However, there will be no changes to either the range or volume of services provided at the Horton and we will be providing care and treatment for the same number of patients.

“No jobs are at risk. Staff will continue to work in the medical short stay and ambulatory unit. There is no suggestion of any privately-run concern being considered. Staff at the Horton have asked if F Ward could become a rehabilitation/ community hospital unit, however there has been no formal discussion to explore this possibility.”