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News about Health Services in Wantage and the Wantage Hospital

on Mon, 01/04/2019 - 6:13pm

News from the Wantage and Grove Campaign Group April 2019 Newsletter:-

Firstly: Wantage Hospital. The Oxfordshire Health Oversight and Scrutiny Committee has pressed the Oxfordshire NHS Health Trust to do the necessary repairs and get the hospital re-opened, but to no avail. They insist that they need to review the health needs across OX12 first, to prove that the services in the Hospital are needed.

As part of their response to our campaign they have announced that physiotherapy services will return to the Hospital but no start date has yet been given.

So Oxfordshire NHS is performing a study to work out what the needs in OX12 are and the Save Wantage Hospital team together with patient representatives and local councillors are part of the OX12 Stakeholder Reference Group in the study.

A survey has been prepared to find out where all of the clubs, societies and other groups that you attend that benefit your health and wellbeing are as well as what NHS services you use and how you get there. It will be launched tomorrow and is available online with hard copies available in the doctors surgeries, Wantage Library, Bretts Pharmacy in Grove, Hanney Community Shop, Letcombe Shop, Hendred Stores and the Beacon.
Questions 10, 11 and 12 are probably the most important. They talk about how you get to all of the activities and NHS services and what would help you, as well as asking about any services that you would like to have access to and why.

Just to remind you, Wantage Hospital used to provide minor injuries, X-ray, physiotherapy, respite care and rehabilitation services including end of life care, as well as midwife-led maternity. You could explain how these services, if they had been provided by the hospital, might have affected you differently or could affect you in the future.

Secondly: Healthwatch is doing a national survey to find out how you think the NHS England 10 year plan should be applied to make care better locally. It asks

  • How would you help people live healthier lives?
  • What would make health services better?
  • How would you make it easier for people to take control of their own health and wellbeing?
  • What would you do to make support better for people with long-term conditions?

I don't know about you but I still want to see my doctor face to face not by telephone.

With thanks to Julie Mabberley, Campaign Manager, Wantage and Grove Campaign Group.

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