Sexual health clinic changes to take effect

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NEW locations for sexual health clinics have been announced, after the contract to provide the service went to another NHS authority.

Of the eight premises providing services, five will change.

As previously reported, the Churchill Hospital in Oxford will take over from Cowley’s Alec Turnbull Centre in Between Towns Roads on April 1.

The Didcot services will move from the Health Centre in Britwell Road to Oak Tree Health Centre in Tyne Avenue from April 3.

Services at Bicester’s Health Centre in Coker Close will move to North Bicester Surgery, Bure Park, from April 7.

In Witney, the service will move from Witney Community Hospital to Windrush Medical Practice, Welch Way, and in Abingdon from Abingdon Hospital to Malthouse Surgery, The Charter, both from April 2.

Services will remain the same locations at Orchard Health Centre, Banbury, Newbury Street Practice, Wantage, and Exeter Surgery, Kidlington.

The changes will be made after Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH) won the contract to provide sexual health services, currently held by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Hospitals trust spokesman Kelly Whitehead said: “It is anticipated that approximately 50 permanent staff who currently work within the service will be offered the opportunity to transfer.”For information visit http://sexualhealthoxfordshire.nhs.uk

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7:53pm Sat 8 Mar 14

faatmaan says...

its absurd that one oxford trust is able to outbid another when the management probably use the same guidelines of costing, is one genuinely cheaper and more efficient or is this another case like the railways where companies undercut each other to get the business and then eventually have to fold due to lack of funds, leaving the taxpayer (surprise surprise) to probably pick up the initial savings if not more from the tendering process, its a bit like nurses outbidding doctors for a franchise, yet the owner/employer is exactly the same.
its absurd that one oxford trust is able to outbid another when the management probably use the same guidelines of costing, is one genuinely cheaper and more efficient or is this another case like the railways where companies undercut each other to get the business and then eventually have to fold due to lack of funds, leaving the taxpayer (surprise surprise) to probably pick up the initial savings if not more from the tendering process, its a bit like nurses outbidding doctors for a franchise, yet the owner/employer is exactly the same. faatmaan
  • Score: 3

6:14pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Bigland says...

What's more absurd is that Oxford University Hospitals has won the contract for a community service but has moved the bulk of the clinics out of the community and into a hospital. With only 3 weeks to go before the changeover, there is still nowhere in the community found to replace the Alec Turnbull Clinic, meaning East Oxford patients wanting contraception will soon have to travel to the Churchill.

The times of the clinics, which used to accommodate those returning from work in the evening, have now been shifted to afternoons and early evenings. So if you have a job, you'll have to either take time out of work, or visit your GP for contraception instead (it's not like the GPs have anything better to do, right?).

This probably matters little to Oxfordshire Health Commissioners, as they want 60% of all patients in the new Oxfordshire Sexual Health Service to be under 25. So if you're 25 or over, you may be paying more taxes, but you won't be getting the service.
What's more absurd is that Oxford University Hospitals has won the contract for a community service but has moved the bulk of the clinics out of the community and into a hospital. With only 3 weeks to go before the changeover, there is still nowhere in the community found to replace the Alec Turnbull Clinic, meaning East Oxford patients wanting contraception will soon have to travel to the Churchill. The times of the clinics, which used to accommodate those returning from work in the evening, have now been shifted to afternoons and early evenings. So if you have a job, you'll have to either take time out of work, or visit your GP for contraception instead (it's not like the GPs have anything better to do, right?). This probably matters little to Oxfordshire Health Commissioners, as they want 60% of all patients in the new Oxfordshire Sexual Health Service to be under 25. So if you're 25 or over, you may be paying more taxes, but you won't be getting the service. Bigland
  • Score: 1

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