Horton General Hospital

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Horton General Hospital is located in Oxfordshire
Horton General Hospital
Location of Horton General Hospital in Oxfordshire
The Horton General Hospital in Banbury, during 2010. It was built in 1872 and slightly expanded in both 1964 and 1972 and was nearly closed early in 2005.
For the hospital in Epsom, Surrey, see Horton Hospital.

The Horton General Hospital is a National Health Service run hospital, located on the Oxford Road, in the Calthorpe ward of Banbury. The hospital has 236 beds and was founded in 1872 by Mary-Ann Horton. There is a 1980's mobile phone mast on the north part of the hospital.

The Italianate Elms House on Oxford Road, is a substantial villa built in 1863 for Jonathan Gillet, one of the senior partners of Gillet’s Bank, is now the offices of the Primary Care Trust, which lies within the grounds of the Horton Hospital site.[1]

In 2005, there were rumours that the hospital may have to close. This led Banbury's MP, Tony Baldry, plus a large proportion of the town's population to start a campaign to keep the hospital open,[2] these rumours proved to be unfounded, since the plans had already been abandoned by both the NHS Trust and the Health Minister.[3]

In 2006, the Horton came into the limelight because Benjamin Geen, a nurse employed there, was convicted of two murders and fifteen counts of grievous bodily harm in April of that year. During December 2003 and January 2004 he had allegedly poisoned patients because he got a thrill out of trying to resuscitate them.[4]

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Coordinates: 52°03′14″N 1°20′06″W / 52.054°N 1.335°W / 52.054; -1.335