WaGCG : Wantage and Grove Campaign Group
Wantage and Grove Campaign Group (WaGCG)

Next Steps

The Hospital is currently owned by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (part of NHS Oxfordshire) and they report to HOSC (Health, Overview & Scrutiny Committee) and OCCG (Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group). We need to tell all of these bodies how we feel.

So that we can get our message across as forcefully as possible, we need as many people as possible to write to the Chairmen of these two bodies and attend the following meetings:
- the HOSC meeting on 20 Sept 2018 at 10am at County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND (arash.fatemian@oxfordshire.gov.uk)

Not available

- the OCCG Annual Public Meeting on 27th Sept at 6pm in Jubilee House, Oxford, OX4 2LH (kiren.collison@oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk)

Tell them what you think should happen to the Hospital

Wantage Hospital

Wantage Hospital

Garston Lane, Garston Lane, Wantage, OX12 7AS
Tel: 01235 205801

The hospital is "temporarily" closed to inpatients and the physiotherapy has closed but the mid-wife led maternity unit is still open.

It's Our Hospital - We Want It Back!

An article in the "i" on Saturday 18 August suggests that many other community hospitals are having similar problems to Wantage.
The Fight to save NHS Community Hospitals

Nearly 1,000 people attended the Save Wantage Hospital Rally in the Market Place on Sunday 22 July. A very peaceful march hiding a depth of feeling. Many of these people were born in the hospital and even more have been treated there in the past. They want to be able to use it again.

After the match we wrote again to the Chairman of HOSC (Oxfordshire Health, Overview & Scrutiny Committee) to express our concern :

He responded much more quickly than he had in the past.

From That's Oxfordshire
To see the earlier video please click the button
From That's Oxfordshire


Wantage Community Hospital was opened in 1927 and replaced Wantage Cottage Hospital in Belmont. It was paid by the community.
Wantage Community Hospital became part of the NHS in 1948. We remained responsible for the building and equipment with the NHS providing the staff. Local people raised the money to install the lift, build the day rooms and install an X-ray unit.
In 1974 the Hospital was handed over in good faith to the NHS for them to run it. The League of Friends continued to provide for patient comfort and paid for the first birthing pool in Oxfordshire.
Our Community Hospital has been threatened twice before in 1998 and 2006 yet survived.
Its minor injuries unit closed temporarily in 2002 and has yet to reopen.
The in-patient beds closed temporarily in 2016 because of the threat of Legionella bacteria in water pipes and have yet to reopen (Legionella had been found in the hospital at the beginning of 2016 without closing wards and has happened in the JR Acute Care Hospital in Oxford without closing wards).
Physiotherapy moved out in 2017 due to lack of communication in the Health Trusts.

The hospital currently only provides mid-wife led maternity services. All other services have been closed.

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