Improvements to Horton General Hospital Emergency Department completed

An example of a patient cubicle at the Horton General Hospital

New facilities that will benefit patients needing treatment in the Emergency Departments at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and Horton General Hospital in Banbury have opened.

Improvement works at the hospitals, run by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, started in the last quarter of 2020 and were completed in early 2021.

The Majors area at the Horton General Hospital Emergency Department has been expanded, and now has separate areas for paediatric and adult spaces. Four additional patient cubicles have also been built through the relocation and re-provision of staff offices, including a dedicated infection control bay.

Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive Officer at Oxford University Hospitals, said: “These Emergency Department improvements at the John Radcliffe and Horton General hospitals will help us continue to deliver high-quality care to patients in Oxfordshire and beyond.”

“We’re very excited that these projects are completed and operational as they will provide a better patient experience for those who require our care, as well as a better working environment for staff.”

“We have incredibly talented and dedicated staff in our Emergency Departments, and these new facilities enhance the care that they will be able to give patients within minutes of walking through our doors.”

“I would like to thank our patients and staff for their patience and support while works were ongoing.”

A total of £750,000, also funded by the DHSC, was used for the project to benefit patients at the Horton and in north Oxfordshire.

Michelle Brock, Matron of the Horton General Hospital’s Emergency Department, said: “This exciting expansion at the Horton Emergency Department will enhance urgent and emergency care for those in north Oxfordshire, and will be of huge benefit to both staff and patients in the local community.”

“The new paediatric area means that when a child needs to come to the Emergency Department they can be treated in a separate and calmer environment, which is really important when you are trying to provide them with the care they need and reduce their anxiety.”

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