Hospital unveils plan for warmer welcome

thisisoxfordshire: The John Radcliffe Hospital The John Radcliffe Hospital

PLANS are under way for a multi-million-pound extension to Oxford’s main hospital.

John Radcliffe Hospital bosses want a new reception area for the main hospital entrance with shops, a cafe and a glass atrium.

A planning application for the £3m to £4m scheme has now been submitted to Oxford City Council .

Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) Trust said the entrance has not been updated since the hospital was built in the 1970s.

Director of development and the estate Mark Trumper said: “The main reason for the proposed revamp is to make the whole experience at the front door to the John Radcliffe much more pleasant for patients and their visitors by providing a variety of retail options, information points, baby changing and feeding facilities, with a light and airy reception area.”

It is hoped the scheme will bridge the space between the main hospital and the Women’s Centre with a glass-fronted canopy and pedestrian link.

Bosses also want to cut the number of vehicles parking in front of the existing main entrance by changing access and re-directing deliveries.

No details have been given on the retail units but the trust said they would meet “requirements for consumerism”.

Southampton University Hospitals Trust came under fire for allowing fast food chain Burger King to set up at the city’s General Hospital.

The OUH was also criticised earlier this year when the Oxford Mail revealed a volunteer-run cafe is now being charged £25,000 a year in rent.

The League of Friends (LoF) previously got cafeteria space on level one of the west wing for ‘a peppercorn’ rent for five years and donated takings towards specialist medical equipment.

The LoF then closed a smaller tea bar unit to “balance the books”.

The trust is battling to pay back a £46.6m annual bill for projects built under the controversial private finance initiative (PFI) loans.

Under the scheme, private firms built developments like the Oxford Cancer Centre, which the trust effectively buys back plus interest.

It is believed it has to show auditors it is making “best use” of its space in order to generate income to pay back its loans.

It said the new extension would not be built under PFI and it was too early to say if the LoF would be offered a place.

Mr Trumper said: “Our aim is make this development ‘self-funding’ through an arrangement with a preferred contractor who will be chosen when the bid goes out to tender.”

If approved by the council, work would begin next spring for a winter finish.

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7:55pm Tue 24 Jul 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

New M&S for the OX3 postcode perhaps?

Was first published in the "Oxford Mail" comments yesterday... ;-)
New M&S for the OX3 postcode perhaps? Was first published in the "Oxford Mail" comments yesterday... ;-) Andrew:Oxford
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8:48pm Tue 24 Jul 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

Oh well, parking charges will be going up then, self funding my ar**.
Oh well, parking charges will be going up then, self funding my ar**. Dilligaf2010
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10:19pm Tue 24 Jul 12

caz1111 says...

Sick people that have to go by car don't even go near the "main entrance" & most people are just in a hurry to get whee they are going. How about using ther money to improve the services? Doctors & nurses before nice art pieces & shops, after all most people go to the shopping centre not the hospital when they want to go shopping
Sick people that have to go by car don't even go near the "main entrance" & most people are just in a hurry to get whee they are going. How about using ther money to improve the services? Doctors & nurses before nice art pieces & shops, after all most people go to the shopping centre not the hospital when they want to go shopping caz1111
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6:00am Wed 25 Jul 12

Oflife says...

Hopefully they won't go the Great Western Hospital (Swindon) route. Although the staff are great:

1. Parking is charged for (a moral outrage in my opinion!)
2. The entrance hall shop sells junk (sweets, crisps and cakes - a bowl of fruit on the front counter the only healthy option!)
3. The restaurant is worse than a motorway cafe

The JR is reputedly one of the best hospitals not just in the UK, but in the world, let's ensure it doesn't lose it's focus - making people better and get corrupted by the nefarious side of consumerism and profit.
Hopefully they won't go the Great Western Hospital (Swindon) route. Although the staff are great: 1. Parking is charged for (a moral outrage in my opinion!) 2. The entrance hall shop sells junk (sweets, crisps and cakes - a bowl of fruit on the front counter the only healthy option!) 3. The restaurant is worse than a motorway cafe The JR is reputedly one of the best hospitals not just in the UK, but in the world, let's ensure it doesn't lose it's focus - making people better and get corrupted by the nefarious side of consumerism and profit. Oflife
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9:16am Wed 25 Jul 12

Myron Blatz says...

Warmer welcome? How about day beds and free refreshments in the A&E waiting room for the average 2-hour wait before being seen (except for ambulance cases) and the equally long-haul before finally departing ...? One reason for the massive waiting times at A&E is that the JR's A&E is a major part of the ever-increasing 'centralisation' of hospital services in the region, not just Oxford or Oxfordshire. The hospital facilities are either mothballed due to funding and staff cutbacks (despite all the new-build projects which seem to keep enlarging the place) or simply were never designed for the throughput and sheer numbers of patients, visitors and not forgetting Staff.
Warmer welcome? How about day beds and free refreshments in the A&E waiting room for the average 2-hour wait before being seen (except for ambulance cases) and the equally long-haul before finally departing ...? One reason for the massive waiting times at A&E is that the JR's A&E is a major part of the ever-increasing 'centralisation' of hospital services in the region, not just Oxford or Oxfordshire. The hospital facilities are either mothballed due to funding and staff cutbacks (despite all the new-build projects which seem to keep enlarging the place) or simply were never designed for the throughput and sheer numbers of patients, visitors and not forgetting Staff. Myron Blatz
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9:22am Wed 25 Jul 12

Cathena says...

Hope they don't loose the League of Friends - the JR needs all the friends it can get.
Hope they don't loose the League of Friends - the JR needs all the friends it can get. Cathena
  • Score: 2

11:38am Wed 25 Jul 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Warmer welcome? How about day beds and free refreshments in the A&E waiting room for the average 2-hour wait before being seen (except for ambulance cases) and the equally long-haul before finally departing ...? One reason for the massive waiting times at A&E is that the JR's A&E is a major part of the ever-increasing 'centralisation' of hospital services in the region, not just Oxford or Oxfordshire. The hospital facilities are either mothballed due to funding and staff cutbacks (despite all the new-build projects which seem to keep enlarging the place) or simply were never designed for the throughput and sheer numbers of patients, visitors and not forgetting Staff.
Are you sure it is definitely ok to encourage someone who may be seriously ill and need surgery to eat and drink prior to an emergency op?
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Warmer welcome? How about day beds and free refreshments in the A&E waiting room for the average 2-hour wait before being seen (except for ambulance cases) and the equally long-haul before finally departing ...? One reason for the massive waiting times at A&E is that the JR's A&E is a major part of the ever-increasing 'centralisation' of hospital services in the region, not just Oxford or Oxfordshire. The hospital facilities are either mothballed due to funding and staff cutbacks (despite all the new-build projects which seem to keep enlarging the place) or simply were never designed for the throughput and sheer numbers of patients, visitors and not forgetting Staff.[/p][/quote]Are you sure it is definitely ok to encourage someone who may be seriously ill and need surgery to eat and drink prior to an emergency op? Andrew:Oxford
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12:04pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Feelingsmatter says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Myron Blatz wrote:
Warmer welcome? How about day beds and free refreshments in the A&E waiting room for the average 2-hour wait before being seen (except for ambulance cases) and the equally long-haul before finally departing ...? One reason for the massive waiting times at A&E is that the JR's A&E is a major part of the ever-increasing 'centralisation' of hospital services in the region, not just Oxford or Oxfordshire. The hospital facilities are either mothballed due to funding and staff cutbacks (despite all the new-build projects which seem to keep enlarging the place) or simply were never designed for the throughput and sheer numbers of patients, visitors and not forgetting Staff.
Are you sure it is definitely ok to encourage someone who may be seriously ill and need surgery to eat and drink prior to an emergency op?
(They already have vending machines in the A&E department Andrew.) This outrages me when my son is having to wait 6 weeks for an urgent procedure and we sat waiting in a baking hot waiting area last night because the air-conditioning wasn't working in outpatients. I couldn't care less what the front of the hospital looks like, I would be happier if the money was spent on a decent restaurant where relatives didn't have to shell out £3.50 for a piffling little bowl of salad. I would happier STILL if parking charges were removed and ecstatic if the money was spent on staffing. We have our priorities all wrong if this amount of cash is free to be used on needless cosmetic improvements while people languish in pain because there is no money.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Warmer welcome? How about day beds and free refreshments in the A&E waiting room for the average 2-hour wait before being seen (except for ambulance cases) and the equally long-haul before finally departing ...? One reason for the massive waiting times at A&E is that the JR's A&E is a major part of the ever-increasing 'centralisation' of hospital services in the region, not just Oxford or Oxfordshire. The hospital facilities are either mothballed due to funding and staff cutbacks (despite all the new-build projects which seem to keep enlarging the place) or simply were never designed for the throughput and sheer numbers of patients, visitors and not forgetting Staff.[/p][/quote]Are you sure it is definitely ok to encourage someone who may be seriously ill and need surgery to eat and drink prior to an emergency op?[/p][/quote](They already have vending machines in the A&E department Andrew.) This outrages me when my son is having to wait 6 weeks for an urgent procedure and we sat waiting in a baking hot waiting area last night because the air-conditioning wasn't working in outpatients. I couldn't care less what the front of the hospital looks like, I would be happier if the money was spent on a decent restaurant where relatives didn't have to shell out £3.50 for a piffling little bowl of salad. I would happier STILL if parking charges were removed and ecstatic if the money was spent on staffing. We have our priorities all wrong if this amount of cash is free to be used on needless cosmetic improvements while people languish in pain because there is no money. Feelingsmatter
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4:22pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Feelingsmatter wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Myron Blatz wrote:
Warmer welcome? How about day beds and free refreshments in the A&E waiting room for the average 2-hour wait before being seen (except for ambulance cases) and the equally long-haul before finally departing ...? One reason for the massive waiting times at A&E is that the JR's A&E is a major part of the ever-increasing 'centralisation' of hospital services in the region, not just Oxford or Oxfordshire. The hospital facilities are either mothballed due to funding and staff cutbacks (despite all the new-build projects which seem to keep enlarging the place) or simply were never designed for the throughput and sheer numbers of patients, visitors and not forgetting Staff.
Are you sure it is definitely ok to encourage someone who may be seriously ill and need surgery to eat and drink prior to an emergency op?
(They already have vending machines in the A&E department Andrew.) This outrages me when my son is having to wait 6 weeks for an urgent procedure and we sat waiting in a baking hot waiting area last night because the air-conditioning wasn't working in outpatients. I couldn't care less what the front of the hospital looks like, I would be happier if the money was spent on a decent restaurant where relatives didn't have to shell out £3.50 for a piffling little bowl of salad. I would happier STILL if parking charges were removed and ecstatic if the money was spent on staffing. We have our priorities all wrong if this amount of cash is free to be used on needless cosmetic improvements while people languish in pain because there is no money.
If parking were free, it would be full of cars owned by Students, Headington shoppers, University staff and other non-patient cars.

With 8000 NHS staff across the sites as well University employees and Students not to mention the patients, the only way free or low cost parking could happen would be for a charity to raise the capital to build a 5000 space multi-storey car park just off London Road or Headley Way.

Would you support such a development? There are some *very* rich charities in the UK.
[quote][p][bold]Feelingsmatter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Warmer welcome? How about day beds and free refreshments in the A&E waiting room for the average 2-hour wait before being seen (except for ambulance cases) and the equally long-haul before finally departing ...? One reason for the massive waiting times at A&E is that the JR's A&E is a major part of the ever-increasing 'centralisation' of hospital services in the region, not just Oxford or Oxfordshire. The hospital facilities are either mothballed due to funding and staff cutbacks (despite all the new-build projects which seem to keep enlarging the place) or simply were never designed for the throughput and sheer numbers of patients, visitors and not forgetting Staff.[/p][/quote]Are you sure it is definitely ok to encourage someone who may be seriously ill and need surgery to eat and drink prior to an emergency op?[/p][/quote](They already have vending machines in the A&E department Andrew.) This outrages me when my son is having to wait 6 weeks for an urgent procedure and we sat waiting in a baking hot waiting area last night because the air-conditioning wasn't working in outpatients. I couldn't care less what the front of the hospital looks like, I would be happier if the money was spent on a decent restaurant where relatives didn't have to shell out £3.50 for a piffling little bowl of salad. I would happier STILL if parking charges were removed and ecstatic if the money was spent on staffing. We have our priorities all wrong if this amount of cash is free to be used on needless cosmetic improvements while people languish in pain because there is no money.[/p][/quote]If parking were free, it would be full of cars owned by Students, Headington shoppers, University staff and other non-patient cars. With 8000 NHS staff across the sites as well University employees and Students not to mention the patients, the only way free or low cost parking could happen would be for a charity to raise the capital to build a 5000 space multi-storey car park just off London Road or Headley Way. Would you support such a development? There are some *very* rich charities in the UK. Andrew:Oxford
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12:14am Fri 27 Jul 12

springheeledjack says...

For those complaining about waiting times in A&E, if we didn't have to treat so many members of the public in minor injuries especially on a weekend for the following reasons..."punched a wall" , "kicked a door",.. "had metal bar fall on face", "gone over on ankle when drunk", "fallen out of window when intoxicated", "alledged assault" your waiting times would be a lot shorter. But the NHS is a free service, and the only responsibilty involved is on our part to treat everyone who turns up. Please take a seat.
For those complaining about waiting times in A&E, if we didn't have to treat so many members of the public in minor injuries especially on a weekend for the following reasons..."punched a wall" , "kicked a door",.. "had metal bar fall on face", "gone over on ankle when drunk", "fallen out of window when intoxicated", "alledged assault" your waiting times would be a lot shorter. But the NHS is a free service, and the only responsibilty involved is on our part to treat everyone who turns up. Please take a seat. springheeledjack
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