Wantage Community Hospital update

The last nine months or so has seen intensive – and welcome – engagement with the residents of Wantage and Grove over the future services that can be provided from Wantage Community Hospital.

Wantage Community Hospital update

Local people’s views were at the heart of a joint report between the NHS and the Wantage Town Council Health Committee that was discussed by Oxfordshire’s Joint Health and Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Following this period of working closely with the community, we are planning to refurbish the ground floor of the community hospital, subject to a successful application for community investment levy (CIL) funding from Vale of White Horse District Council.

The plan is to submit an application after an open public meeting (see below for more information), which will set out the proposed refurbishment design and the types of services that will be operating from the ground floor space of the hospital. We are planning on the work starting later in the year, with services beginning to begin from early 2025.

The current maternity unit service on the top floor is not affected by these changes.

Services

Services provided on the ground floor already

Since November 2021, the following outpatient services have been piloted and will continue to be provided going forward:

  • Ophthalmology, including intravitreal (eye) injections
  • Audiology and Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)
  • Mental health services – adult mental health, Oxfordshire Talking Therapies (psychological therapies) and neuro-developmental
  • Learning disabilities
  • Diabetes screening
  • Health visiting clinics, including group sessions
  • GP clinics
  • Expansion of musculoskeletal (MSK)/physiotherapy services by Connect Health
  • Health Share providing ultrasound clinics

These piloted services are in addition to those provided at the hospital already, which will also continue:

  • Podiatry
  • Adult and children’s speech and language therapy
  • Children’s integrated therapy services
  • MSK/physiotherapy
  • School nursing team (now moved to the nearby health centre to form part of the new 0-19 healthy child and young person’s service with health visitors and other practitioners.
Additional services being considered for the refurbished ground floors, once ready

We are currently liaising with local healthcare providers including Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Principle Medical Ltd, Connect Health and Health Share to identify a range of sustainable services that could be offered from the ground floor to best meet the needs of the local population.

Following the period of public engagement that took place during Autumn 2023 that helped inform the future of Wantage Community Hospital, we are currently engaging with local community groups to ascertain their views on how best to configure services and access to these on the ground floor of the hospital.

Share your views

If you are part of a community group in the Wantage and Grove area who would like to share views then please complete our engagement survey.

Public meeting, 18 June – postponed

Due to reasons outside of our control during this pre-election period, the meeting scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, 18 June has had to be postponed.

This was planned to be an opportunity to discuss our emerging plans for additional future services that could come to Wantage Community Hospital, including refurbishment designs.

We are seeking a new date and venue for the meeting to take place as early as possible in July after the general election and will make this information available as soon as it’s confirmed. In the meantime, we are very sorry for any inconvenience this change of date may have caused.

Once a new date is confirmed, the public meeting will give local people an opportunity to understand what is being planned and why. Their feedback will also form part of the final submission for CIL funding that will be submitted over the Summer of 2024.

Project timetable

These are our next key milestones:

  • Summer 2024 – submit CIL funding application
  • Autumn 2024 – public engagement on the final design and service configuration plans
  • Autumn/Winter -2024 – refurbishment works take place (subject to successful CIL funding award)
  • Spring 2025 – service transitions take place
  • Summer 2025 – ground floor refurbishment and service configuration project concludes

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Published: 20 May 2024