Save the Horton
If you are going to be affected by reductions in the Horton hospital’s services we would urge you to participate in Oxfordshire’s health and care services consultation – phase 1
This consultation is open from 16 Jan 2017 at 09:00 to 9 Apr 2017 at 23:59.
You will be asked about proposals for:
• Changing the way we use our hospital beds and increasing care closer to home in Oxfordshire
• Planned care at the Horton General Hospital (planned care is a term for healthcare which has been planned in advance and which is not urgent or an emergency such as diagnostic tests, outpatient appointments and surgery).
• Acute stroke services in Oxfordshire
• Critical care (Critical care helps people with life-threatening or very serious injuries and illnesses) at the Horton General Hospital
• Maternity services including obstetrics, Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) and the effect on emergency gynaecology surgery
• Consideration of the Midwife Led Units in north Oxfordshire will be in Phase 2 but we would like some views from you to inform option development.
Horton Meeting Brackley 30 January 2017, organised by South Northants Labour
Horton campaigners received a huge boost on 2 February as Oxfordshire county councillors voted unanimously to refer the temporary closure of Banbury’s consultant-led maternity unit to the Secretary of State for Health. Read more
Save the Horton public meeting in Brackley, 30 January 2017
Many people in South Northamptonshire use the Horton General Hospital across the border in the Oxfordshire town of Banbury. There is great concern that management seems determined to centralise as many services as possible in Oxford to the detriment of residents who live in the Banbury hinterland. The Hands off our Horton campaign group believes that the consultant-led Maternity Unit, the Special Care Baby Unit, the Children’s Ward, Accident & Emergency, orthopaedics and the Critical Care Unit are all under threat.
Recently 75 people braved the cold and wet winter weather to attend a cross-party public meeting at Magdalen College School’s Waynflete Hall. Keith Strangwood the Chairman of the campaign group plus Charlotte Bird his Deputy wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Save the Horton – KEEP ALL CARE LOCAL” led the presentation and discussion. They were accompanied on the platform by Melissa Fazackerley (Lab), Cllr Chris Lofts (LibDem), Cllr Andrew McHugh (Con) a retired GP Practice Manager and Roseanne Edwards a Senior Reporter (Health) for the Banbury Guardian.
Once the platform party had expressed their fears and tribulations about the future of the Horton it was the turn of the people present to have their say. One memorable contribution was by Dr Philip Stevens from Washington House – Brackley’s Medical Centre.
Cllr Rosie Herring(Con) sent her apologies and expressed her concerns by the constant reference in the consultation document to residents from South Northamptonshire going to either Northampton, Warwick or Milton Keynes ‘whichever is the nearest.’ She stated that we are equidistant from all those places apart from The Horton General Hospital that is close by and she did not want to envisage arguments in the back of an ambulance at a time of medical crisis as to where a patient is taken. She understood that the East Midlands Ambulance Service had not been consulted.
Sophie Johnson the Chairman of South Northamptonshire Labour organised and orchestrated the event.
All members of the platform party urged local residents to learn the facts and engage in the consultation and to get their neighbours and friends to answer the questionnaire.
South Northants CLP combines National Labour ‘Care for the NHS’ day with canvassing public concern for the Horton Hospital
23rd January, 2017: Members of South Northants Constituency Labour Party (CLP) canvassed the opinions of King’s Sutton residents during the weekend, regarding the proposed cuts to the Horton General Hospital.
After previously campaigning against the closure of the GP surgery in Middleton Cheney, the group set out this time to discover how locals feel about the threats to vital services in Banbury, such as A&E and the maternity unit. They also collected signatures for a petition, urging the Government to increase funding for the NHS.
The threat to the Horton is part of nationwide ‘sustainability and transformation’ plans (STPs) that are poised to close or downgrade many district general hospitals, with care instead being centralised at large city hospitals. However, an initiative to save the hospital is being backed both by parties from across the political spectrum and apolitical campaigners.
Sophie Johnson, chair of South Northants CLP, said: “I would like to express my gratitude to everyone that took the time to speak to us on their doorstep on Saturday. The overwhelming majority were extremely concerned about these controversial proposals, with frustration, even anger, being a common emotion.
“Such a reaction is entirely understandable. Around 60,000 people in South Northants alone rely on the Horton for their medical needs – a number that will likely rise, due to the growing local population. As it stands, these residents would need to make the lengthy and awkward trip to Oxford to use key facilities.
“This is simply not acceptable, neither for patients nor their loved ones, who wish to visit them. As well as more traffic heading towards Oxford, and the associated notorious parking problems, it will surely lead to the John Radcliffe Hospital being overwhelmed. But, most importantly of all, it could result in the horrifying scenario of lives being lost.
“The NHS is certainly facing a major crisis, but it is a much-needed and much-loved institution that people are willing to fight for.”
S.O.S. in MiddletonCheney.
26 November 2016. John Riches reports.
Save our Surgery was the cry of local people who gathered in the centre of Middleton Cheney. Sophie Johnson Chairman of South Northamptonshire Labour Party explained that the GP surgery closed at the start of October
and the building was put up for sale. Patients now have to travel to the Oxfordshire town of Banbury to consult with their doctor. Middleton Cheney Parish Council has applied to obtain the building as a community asset with a view to getting it reopened as a surgery for local residents. Local people affected have been asked to sign a petition that is available in the pubs and shops around the area.
Caroline Duncan commented at the gathering that she felt the closure of the Middleton Cheney surgery was terrible. It has served the local people very well over the years. What are people without their own transport to do now she asked?
Villager George Emerson who uses a mobility scooter to get around explained that he now has to ask the doctor to visit him at home when previously he could get to the surgery on his scooter. He is well known in the village and has always been a rabble rouser. He hoped that his support would draw attention to getting a surgery back in his village.
The event, organised by South Northamptonshire Constituency Labour Party was part of a National Day of Action to support our NHS.
Towcester Food Bank.
To feed local people in crisis Towcester Food Bank relies on food donations ranging from pasta to puddings and from tinned vegetables to tea bags. Everything should be in-date and non-perishable.
The clients of the food bank have all been identified by front line care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureaux and the police as people who are in urgent need. Food clients take their vouchers to the food bank where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or a free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve their longer term problems.
Towcester Food Bank also operates a rural delivery service that takes emergency supplies to clients unable to get to Towcester.
The Food Bank is part of the Trussell Trust, a Christian charity committed to community action throughout the UK against poverty and marginalisation.
The food bank opens on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:00 to 14:00 in the Youth Coffee House, Bransons Lane, Towcester. NN12 6AX. The entrance can be found opposite the entrance to Towcester Church of England Primary School in Islington Road.
South Northamptonshire Constituency Labour Party encourages its members, supporters and others to make regular donations to a food bank. To find out how to donate please visit www.towcester.foodbank.org.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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