protests at parliament and People's Park

Our hospital provides vital services to Banbury's growing population.

Consultant-led Maternity, SCBU, 24/7 Children's Ward, A&E, orthopaedics and Critical Care Unit under threat.

What are YOU going to do about it?

Have you done everything on this list?


  • Respond to the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's consultation - see Key Actions on our home page or Download the template letter here.
  • Go to the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's consultation meeting in Banbury on Thursday 14 March - see Key Actions on our home page
  • Invite us to hold a meeting in your community. We're looking for opportunities to talk to people, directly, about the threats to the Horton. See Key Actions on our home page or contact Keith Strangwood on 07740 599736 or Roseanne Edwards at roseanne_edwards@journalist.com for more details.
  • Read about the threat that the government's Sustainability and Transformation Plans present to hospitals throughout the country, get angry, and do something about it. Instructions on our dedicated STP page here
  • Donate to help raise money for campaign costs, including instructing specialist Lawyers, Leigh Day (details here)
  • Download this information leaflet front and back and stick it up in your window or at work
  • Write to the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group - either write your own letter or adapt our template letter to give you a running start
  • Copy your letter to your MP (list of email addresses here)
  • Copy your letter to keepthehortongeneral@hotmail.co.uk and roseanne.edwards@banburyguardian.co.uk
  • Write to the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust themselves (email addresses here)
  • Complete our survey and pass it on
  • Make a banner or placard, put it up outside your house and bring it to a protest
  • Follow @saveourhorton on twitter
  • Subscribe to our email list by emailing keepthehortongeneral@hotmail.co.uk
  • Join the committee or volunteer your services in another way


  • See below for more details on all the above actions


    HOLD A COMMUNITY MEETING

    Invite us to your village to talk about the threat STP presents to the Horton and the wider NHS.

    Our first meeting was a great success. Contact Keith Strangwood on 07740 599736 or Roseanne Edwards at roseanne_edwards@journalist.com if you'd like us to visit your community and give a talk. All we need is a venue and your help to publicise it!


    COMPLETE OUR SURVEY AND PASS IT ON

    The OUHFT is consulting on the way services are provided at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, but their questionnaire has only gone to selected people in Banburyshire.

    We want to give everyone the chance to have their say.

    Please take a few minutes to fill in our survey so the voice of Banburyshire patients is heard loud and clear.

    There are three sections to our survey -

    • Section One is about you: age, gender, postcode and employment status.
    • Section Two is the 'Keep The Horton General' survey.
    • Section Three is a 'Plain English' version of the OUHFT questionnaire. We didn't design this bit but we do need you to complete it as best you can. If you find it impossible to rate any of the options, you may like to leave an appropriate comment in the box on the question.

    Please answer all three sections. It may help to read all of the questions first.

    Click here for the KTHG survey

    When you've done it, pass it on!

    Please let your friends and colleagues know about our survey. Simply copy and paste the following into your email, facebook post, tweet or text: http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K3VFYT2


    DONATE

    We need to raise money to help with printing, publicity and other campaign costs. See our fundraising page for more information.


    FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

    Follow us and retweet our tweets; twitter handle @savethehorton


    RE-TWEET AT LOCAL CELEBRITIES

    Celebrities are great for attracting the media and new supporters to our cause


    USE THIS HASHTAG #handsoffthehorton

    Use it everywhere, on facebook, twitter, instagram, wherever you post. If we all use the same one there's more chance of us trending


    WATCH OUT FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS

    Keep an eye out for any meetings or events that are being arranged.

    Come and show your support. When we call on you, we'll need well-attended events to demonstrate that the people of Banbury and the surrounding area care about services at the Horton General Hospital.


    KEEP IN TOUCH

    Sign up to receive email updates by emailing keepthehortongeneral@hotmail.co.uk

    If you are a member of staff, contact us in confidence if you have concerns.

    We promise we will NOT reveal your identity but you must of course have regard to any contract you have signed.


    ARE YOU A PATIENT?

    If you are a patient or service user, we want to hear about your experience.

    How would your experience have differed if you had been forced to use the JR instead of the Horton General Hospital? How would the cuts affect you and your family?


    JOIN THE COMMITTEE OR BECOME AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER

    Can you spare the time to help with the campaign?

    We're all ordinary people with jobs, families and health concerns, just like you. But we're stretched thin and we need more people to help us.

    Can you write a letter?
    Can you give legal advice?
    Can you analyse information?
    Can you write reports?
    Can you explain a position calmly and eloquently?
    Can you provide quality data about population growth, travel times or anything else that might help?
    Can you offer printing services?
    Can you supply banners or signs?
    Can you lend us a sound system?
    Can you translate this site into Polish, Hindi, or any other language widely spoken in Banbury to help us spread the message further?
    Have you got a story so moving it will cause the silent majority to rise up in protest?
    Are you someone fighting a similar fight in Warwickshire, Northamptonshire or further afield?
    Let us know what you are doing.

    Our previous campaign was a hugely successful mix of personalities and skills; public speakers, NHS insiders, web/graphic designers, signature collectors, minute takers, good organisers, report writers and number crunchers. Some of us are retired, some of us work, some of us have family and study committments, some of us have health concerns. We're stretched, just like you are, and we need your help! Whatever your skills - we need you.

    You can do something. I did. I wasn't part of the campaign when the story broke at the start of the previous campaign for maternity / childrens services, but it made me so angry I offered to create a website for the campaign - and here it is. So what can you offer?

    If you are one of the thousands of people the Horton has been there for, or if you ever expect to use it in the future - please help.

    Please email us at keepthehortongeneral@hotmail.co.uk or call our Chairman Keith Strangwood on 07740 599736

    Thank you for caring about our hospital.

    Together, let's make sure we get the service we're supposed to have.