A nine-year-old girl was the first patient to be treated in the Minor Injury Unit (MIU) at the
new £10 million Townlands Hospital, in Henley, which is opening this week.
Martha Collins was first through the doors of the MIU, after injuring her little finger playing netball. She was treated and cheered up by the clinical team from (OHFT) including Daphne Pearson, Emergency Paramedic Practitioner, and Jo Crocker, Emergency Nurse Assistant.
Medical teams across the hospital from providers Royal Berkshire NHSFoundation Trust (RBFT) and OHFT are welcoming their first patients as all the services provided at the old hospital transfer to the new building. The old buildings are now closed and patients using Townlands Hospital can now report to the new reception on the ground floor, immediately behind the old Peppard Ward.
The opening of the hospital marks the culmination of years of work by NHS partners, members of the community and developers. Healthcare providers commissioned by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group are working closely with NHS Property Services, which has the head lease on the building, to ensure services, staff and patients continue to settle into the modern facility.
Among the services provided from the new hospital are:
Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)
GP Out-of-Hours (OOH)
James Wakeham, Regional Director for NHS Property Services, said: “This is a major milestone in the Townlands Hospital project. It gives us great pride to open the doors of this wonderful facility to local people.”
District nursing teams covering the Henley-on-Thames area are also relocating into the new building, and will continue to visit patients in their own homes.
Stephanie Greenwood, RBFT’s Townlands Service Manager, added: “Colleagues are very pleased to be working in a bright and airy environment that is fit for modern health care – it’s a remarkable transformation from the old buildings.”
Pete McGrane, Clinical Director at OHFT, said: “This is a great day for our patients who are already telling our teams what a difference it makes to be in modern, high quality facilities.”
David Smith, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is a landmark day for local health care. Townlands Hospital is a first class facility of which we can all be proud. It will serve local people for many years to come and we are working to expand the range of services offered there.”
The hospital site is being developed by Amber Infrastructure and has been built by Vinci Construction. As in all major new buildings, work will continue to rectify minor issues as they arise in coming weeks.
The old buildings are now closed and are due for demolition. Any temporary changes to access while this work takes place will be clearly signposted.
Activities in the old Maurice Tate Building have also switched to a purpose-built room on the first floor of the hospital.
On arrival at the hospital, patients should book in for their appointment at main reception, where receptionists will direct them to their clinic.
All telephone numbers and the address for the hospital are unchanged.
A formal opening ceremony is planned for later in the year, when the demolition works have been concluded.