Figures reveal the pressure on the Horton through the pandemic


Trust describes how it has adapted to deal with COVID-19 cases at Banbury’s Hospital

The very real pressure the pandemic has put on the Horton General Hospital has been revealed.   Figures released yesterday show how many people have required treatment in the hospital since the COVID-19 outbreak began and how many lost their battle against the illness.

Since the outbreak started in this country earlier this year 69 people have required hospital treatment at the Horton General Hospital as inpatients.    There are currently 15 patients in the hospital.

During the October and November second wave 5 patients have required intensive care treatment.

7 people at the hospital have passed away with COVID-19.

The figures were given at yesterday’s Horton Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee Meeting by David Walliker, the Chief Digital and Partnerships Officer at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Walliker described how the hospital had faced the challenges of the pandemic.  

He said: “We’ve adopted a digital by default approach for consultations.   This isn’t for every type of appointment and it doesn’t suit every patient.   But we have made a significant shift in this direction as we’ve reacted to the pandemic, trying to find a balance between ensuring we see our patients and we do this safely.

“We’ve also seen an increase in our multi-disciplinary working at the Horton which has ensured we’ve had enough space, staff and equipment needed at the hospital in order to scale up capacity during the pandemic.”

Mr Walliker highlighted how the Oxford University Hospitals Trust had worked in close collaboration with their partners in the independent sector so that urgent services including Cardiac and Cancer surgery were maintained in private hospitals.  

The Horton General Hospital Charity had worked with local community groups, businesses and volunteers to deliver over 12,000 meals to staff alongside care packs and respite rooms.

In addressing the sad news that 7 people had died at the hospital after being infected with COVID-19 Mr Walliker said: “Our thoughts are very much with their friends and family”.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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