Councillor’s Response to Sue Ryder Hospice Closing

The Sue Ryder hospice at Joyce Grove Nettlebed is a much loved and valuable facility and service. The Townlands Steering Group asked to meet with Sue Ryder in August 2018 when closure was first proposed.

Although we were disappointed at the news that the closure of Joyce Grove was likely, the community was partly reassured when we were told the Sue Ryder recognised that a home based service could not replace Joyce Grove, and that a bedded service would be retained in a new location in South Oxon. We were also reassured that Sue Ryder promised to come back to discuss the plans with the community as these developed.

It’s disappointing that they have announced this decision before consulting further with us.

The community deserve clear answers about the way patients and families who need this service will be provided for after March. We will be pressing Sue Ryder and the Oxon Clinical Commissioning Group to explain this clearly. It will not be fair to ask patients and families to travel long distances at such a difficult time. Moreover many of those affected are often reliant on public transport. From Henley that would take 1 hour, 10 minutes (plus waiting time). From other areas it will be longer or not even possible.

We think the community will be very unhappy at the closure plans, and are likely to call on the Sue Ryder and the Oxon Clinical Commissioning to provide a clear and detailed explanation of the alternative provision of End of Life and palliative care in the area in a way that meets the needs of patients and families better.

Cllr Ken Arlett, Mayor of Henley
County Cllr Stefan Gawrysiak
Cllr Ian Reissmann, Chair Townlands Steering Group

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