BREAKING NEWS: New Sue Ryder Hospice planned

PUBLISHED: 15:06 16 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:18 20 February 2013

BREAKING NEWS: New Sue Ryder Hospice planned

BREAKING NEWS: New Sue Ryder Hospice planned

Sue Ryder, the health and social care charity, is looking to move from its existing location in Nettlebed to a new purpose-built hospice in Henley, it was revealed today.

Sue Ryder, the health and social care charity, is looking to move from its existing location in Nettlebed to a new purpose-built hospice in Henley and is in talks with NHS Oxfordshire (PCT) to use new facilities to be built in the grounds of Townlands Community Hospital. This move would enable the charity to provide the best possible specialist palliative care to people from Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the best possible environment.

Sue Ryder has been invited to join the PCT in the development of a health zone on the Townlands Hospital site. This will include an 18-bed community hospital, a 45+-bed residential home as well as the 12-bed Sue Ryder hospice.

Paul Woodward, CEO of Sue Ryder, says: Were excited at the prospect of being involved in the development of the Townlands site. While our Nettlebed building is undoubtedly beautiful and much loved by patients and the local community, as well as by our staff and volunteers, it is not only extremely expensive to maintain, it is isolated, particularly in bad weather, and our facilities there are becoming out of date.

The level of care we give at Nettlebed is extremely high, which is down to the excellent skills and dedication of our staff. However, we are sure a move to the Townlands site in Henley would improve patient and family experience as we would be able to offer some of the best facilities available, en-suite private rooms, and easier access.

Being located with other health and social care services on the Townlands health zone site would mean that together we would offer integrated care delivery never before seen in the area. The UK is entering an age of personalised care and this move would keep us at the forefront of service innovation in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire area, and we are delighted with this opportunity to improve our care facilities.

As well as providing inpatient facilities at the new hospice, Sue Ryder would provide outpatient clinics, day therapy services, psychological, spiritual and bereavement care, a community specialist palliative care team, and a wide range of allied health and social care professionals. The charity also hopes to further develop its specialist palliative care services in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, introducing new services where possible.

Matthew Tait, chief executive of the NHS Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Cluster said:One of the main objectives for the Townlands scheme is to bring together health and social care services on a campus that is accessible and serves the town and surrounding community of Henley as well as ensuring it meets their changing health and social care needs into the future. Bringing the different Sue Ryder services into the development will help achieve this for local people.

Heather Aldridge, Sue Ryders area palliative care services manager, says: One of the key objectives for Sue Ryder is to build on the excellent specialist palliative care services already in place and improve access and increased support for patients in the area. Our proposed move to the health zone is all about putting patients at the centre of everything we do.

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