Wantage community hospital: Your views wanted

Residents of the Wantage and Grove areas, users of local NHS services and representatives of local voluntary and community groups are being called on to help shape potential future services at Wantage Community Hospital.

Wantage community hospital: Your views wanted

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Wantage Town Council and the Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and West Berkshire Integrated Care Board have co-produced and launched a survey and series of events to gather views and feedback.

Dan Leveson, Place Director for Oxfordshire at Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire West Integrated Care Board, said:

“Wantage Community Hospital is a much-valued part of the local community and provides services to residents from the local area and beyond. The hospital has a rich history as a focal point in the local community and we want the people who live there to get involved now and help shape its future with us.

“Since a range of services were introduced to the hospital it is clear that there is enthusiasm for the hospital and its ongoing role in the local community. It’s important at this stage, as the piloting of these services have been running for more than a year, that we get feedback and views from people who use the hospital now and may do in the future.”

Councillor Jenny Hannaby, Chair of Wantage Town Council Health Sub-Committee, said:

“This is a big opportunity for people to not just have their say, but to help shape future services at Wantage Community Hospital.

“I want to urge anyone with an interest to sign up to one of the public engagement sessions, fill in the online survey or come to the drop-in session. We will also be distributing hard copy questionnaires locally for those who prefer that format.”

Councillor Jane Hanna OBE, Chair of the Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said:

“A huge amount of work has been going on since June between the NHS and Oxfordshire County Council, the Wantage Town Council Health Committee and voluntary groups to be in a position to engage with residents about the future of hospital-like services for this NHS Neighbourhood.

“It is a really vital opportunity for everyone living in the area to give feedback before the NHS works up the detail of what improvements can be brought and a report brought back to the OCC HOSC committee.”

Dr Ben Riley, Executive Managing Director for Primary, Community and Dental Care for Oxford Health, said: “

We have been working in partnership with local stakeholders to identify possible future scenarios for how services may be delivered from Wantage Community Hospital and now really keen to hear from as many people as possible on what matters most to them and their families .”

Taking part

People can either take part in one of the sessions listed below, or fill in the online survey. Visit https://bit.ly/3tcr866 to fill in the survey and find out more about attending one of the events.

The events

Tuesday 17th October

12.30pm – 2.30pm

In person public engagement session

The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire

Wednesday 18th October

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Online engagement session

Via Zoom for those unable to attend a face-to-face session

Thursday 19th October

7.00pm – 8.00pm

Focus group online via Zoom

Families with children and young people OR adults 18- 40 years living in or around Wantage and Grove.

Saturday 28th October

10.00am – 4.00pm

In person drop in information session

The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire


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Published: 13 October 2023