Meeting to determine whether the obstetric service at the Horton needs to be suspended

Horton General Hospital, Banbury, Oxford Road entrance

The Board of Directors of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will now hold an Extraordinary meeting of the Trust Board on Wednesday 31 August at 3pm at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The meeting will consider whether or not obstetric services at the Horton General Hospital will be suspended from the end of September this year because of problems recruiting obstetric doctors to maintain the service at the Horton.

If the service is suspended the Trust will offer a midwifery-led unit until such time as there are sufficient obstetric doctors in post.

The meeting is taking place on Wednesday 31 August as this is the last possible date that the Trust can decide to implement contingency plans whilst still having time to put them in place. Although the meeting has to be at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for logistical reasons, ways to enable people who wish to view the meeting but cannot travel to Oxford are currently being considered.

Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive said: “The Trust is trying very hard to fill these posts. At our meeting we will need to look at the numbers of obstetric middle grade doctors we will have available to us at the Horton in October and take a decision with patient safety in mind.”

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