On Tuesday 27 September, GPs from across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and South Oxfordshire, along with the Patient Partnership Group from the Bell Surgery, Henley, joined consultants from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) for an open evening at Townlands Hospital.
Attendees had the opportunity to talk directly to the specialists from a large range of services and take a look at the facilities.
RBFT Medical Director, Dr Lindsey Barker welcomed guests and shared her views on the benefits of the new hospital: “We were delighted that so many local GPs and patient representatives were able to join us and take the opportunity to learn more about our outpatient services and future plans for further expansion. We gained valuable feedback from our local GPs and it was great to hear that the evening was regarded by many, as being very positive and beneficial.”
Dr Antoni Chan, Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Lead for Townlands followed with an overview of the development and bringing care closer to home: “Since RBFT took over the running of the outpatients in Townlands in 2011 we have steadily built the range of clinics and specialties on site. We offer 30 different outpatient clinics that GPs can refer to. Having the new building also means RBFT is able to offer more clinics and we now have over 1000 attendances a month at the Henley hospital. This is the model of ‘care closer to home’ that RBFT brings to Townlands.”
Guests also enjoyed presentations from:
GP view: Dr Lisa Silver, GP Nettlebed commented:
“South Oxfordshire and Berkshire GPs met to listen to the expanded services being provided from Townlands hospital. In particular we heard from Dr Chatterjee Consultant Geriatrician about the new Rapid Access unit that will be opening which will provide fantastic services for our elderly patients meaning they will be seen locally as opposed to having to go to Reading.
“Dr William Orr, Consultant Cardiologist told us that how the Royal Berkshire is providing the fastest service in the country for patients who suffer from heart attacks and need to be brought in for stenting, whilst Mr Sean O’Leary explained that the orthopaedic services at the Royal Berkshire have one of the lowest infection rates in the country due to the theatres and wards being in a closed loop with the beds being dedicated solely to orthopaedic patients.
“The evening was a fantastic opportunity for GPs and consultants to meet and learn from each other about the new services that will benefit all of the patients we care for.”
On closing the evening Dr Chan thanked guests and colleagues for coming and for making the evening such a positive and valuable experience.