“Boutique hotel” plans for HSBC building – comments by 25th Oct

At last, new plans have been unveiled for the former HSBC building in Market Place.

The Setha Group proposes to convert and extend the building to create a 31-bedroomed hotel were displayed at a public exhibition in the banking hall on 10th October. This will involve a restaurant, open to the public, in the glass-domed banking hall, meeting rooms and two wings of single-storey bedroom accommodation in landscaped gardens. The developers say that their £7m investment aims to create a 4-star boutique luxury hotel.

Visit the developers’ website for more details and to send comments (deadline for these is 25th October).

The proposals are at the pre-planning stage, meaning plans have not yet been submitted to the district council.

See the full story and pictures in November’s Chippy News – out on Monday 28th October.

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Important changes to first aid in town – public meeting Weds 23rd Oct

The following press release was sent to us recently by the NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. There is also a poster you can download here, print and put if you would like to publicise the meeting.

Chipping Norton First Aid Unit

It is proposed that the Chipping Norton First Aid Unit (FAU) will move from its current location in the Chipping Norton Community Hospital building to the adjacent Chipping Norton Health Centre building. Both are on the same site. The public and patients can view the new proposed location for the FAU at a public meeting in the town on 23 October.

The public meeting is being held at the Chipping Norton Health Centre, Russell Way, Chipping Norton OX7 5FA on Wednesday 23 October (7pm to 8pm). People can view the site and discuss the move with staff and clinicians.

The FAU which is managed by the NHS South Central Ambulance Service Trust (SCAS) has been providing care for minor injuries at the community hospital since 2011. It delivers care Monday to Friday 5pm to 9pm and at weekends and bank holidays 10am to 9pm.

Services delivered at the First Aid Unit will continue at the new location with the same highly skilled clinicians and the same opening hours. The unit will continue to be open to any member of the public who requires care and treatment. The move has the backing of the paramedics and clinicians, and provides an opportunity for closer working between health staff on site.

People are encouraged from the local area to attend the meeting on 23 October. It will be open to all – local people and visitors whether you are registered with a local GP or not. NHS staff will be answering questions, showing people round the building and listening to people’s views about the move. NHS partners want to show the public the new location which is only a few steps away from the current location.

The proposed move is in line with the NHS Long Term Plan aspirations around urgent care and is needed to ensure we comply with new NHS guidance. It will also bring benefits for patients and the service. For example, the First Aid Unit staff will be able to access more information about their patients to support their care and a wider range of dressings and medical equipment will also be available to them.

Further opportunities are being explored including sharing training and treatment skills to further improve patient care. In addition, the unit would have access to the pharmacy and its staff which could make prescription management more effective at the unit.

Diane Hedges, Chief Operating Officer at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We asked SCAS to work with the practice to give us an integrated solution that would benefit patients. The proposed move is welcome and has the support of the clinicians at SCAS and the health centre.

“This relocation is required under national NHS guidance intended to reduce the variation of services across the country offering walk-in urgent care. We are pleased to see that those providing these services are enthusiastic to explore all possible opportunities for improving care for patients which is what is most important.”

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Lighten the autumn evenings with the October Chippy News!

This month we look at all the good things going on including the inaugural Arts Festival, great GCSE results and all the other fantastic initiatives happening in town.

Available now from the usual suspects!

Chipping Norton News October 2019 front page

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GP Surgery: changes to Urgent Care

Access arrangements are changing

The following comes from the GP Partners at Chipping Norton Health Centre and is reproduced on page 2 of the September edition:

From Monday 7 October we are launching our URGENT CARE HUB. The hub will be staffed by Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs), supported by our team of GPs. The ACPs are senior nurses or paramedics who are full prescribers and specialise in same day, acute medical conditions.

We have evaluated patient feedback and by making this change of service we will be able to offer more GP appointments, and also avoid the long waits for patients to see a clinician in the walk-in clinic.

You can book an ‘on the day’ appointment at the URGENT CARE HUB by calling the Health Centre main line: 01608 642742 (8.30-11am). The current walk-in clinic will be replaced by our URGENT CARE HUB, and therefore we will not be accepting walk-in patients.

We are working closely with our Patient Participation Group (PPG) and other communication channels to ensure that everyone is fully aware of this change – for further details please see our website at chippingnortonhealthcentre.nhs.uk or, come to the Health Centre and pick up a leaflet which will fully explain the change.

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NHS public meeting – your local services

In your September issue:

There will be a meeting about local NHS services on Tuesday 24th September at 7pm in Chipping Norton Town Hall.

Organised by Healthwatch Oxfordshire, you’ll have the chance to ask about how best to access your local health and social care services. This could cover the Health Centre (including the new Urgent Care service), the Community Hospital and specialist clinics, the First Aid Unit, social care and care homes. See the September News page 2 for more details.

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Town traffic – OCC’s leader at Council meeting?

In your September issue:

Ian Hudspeth, current leader of OCC and formerly responsible for our County’s transport infrastructure, knows all about Chippy’s issues with traffic and HGVs. Do you want to say anything to him?

Chipping Norton Town HallHe is due to address on Chipping Norton Town Council on September 16th, in the Upper Town Hall, on what the County are doing about the situation. He will be questioned by our Councillors and the public can attend.

But if members of the public want to participate or ask questions they MUST apply in writing to the Town Clerk, at the Guildhall, at least three working days before the meeting. More details are on page 3 of the September issue, in the shops now.

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Taking Chippy’s HGV fight to Oxfordshire County Council

In your September issue:

Lorry and pollution meter

On page 3 of the current issue you can find out what the newly formed ‘Clean Air for  Chippy’ action group has up it’s collective sleeves.

And they need your support next Tuesday morning at Oxford’s County Hall for the full Oxfordshire County Council meeting.

If you’re free to support them, find out more in the paper.

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