AN Oxfordshire MP visited a health centre that transformed into a trauma unit during the peak of the pandemic.

North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis went to The Horton Treatment Centre based at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

During her time there she had a tour of the facilities and met hospital director Paul Bryne to discuss the impact coronavirus has had on local NHS services.

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The Horton Treatment Centre transformed into a trauma unit and suspended its non-urgent elective surgeries to ease pressure on other services at the Horton at the height of the pandemic.

Since then, outpatient cases have resumed with a greater focus on day surgery including knee and hip replacements.

Patients are spending less time in the hospital to protect their health, which has also improved hospital efficiency.

Ms Prentis said: “The Horton Hospital and The Centre have a really good working relationship, which was very clear during the height of the coronavirus pandemic and which I know they are keen to build on going forward."