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Sue Ryder hospice move from Nettlebed falls through

Joyce Grove in Nettlebed Image copyright bbc
Image caption The Grade II listed property was built by the grandfather of the James Bond author Ian Fleming

A Sue Ryder hospice based in an Edwardian house in Oxfordshire will not move to a purpose-built centre as planned.

Services were due to relocate from Joyce Grove in Nettlebed to a new 12-bed facility at the Townlands Community Hospital in Henley.

The hospice said it was unable to reach agreement on a "number of key areas" with local NHS providers.

The charity said it was still committed to finding a new location.

The hospice said one of the issues was the limitations of 12 beds at Townlands would have meant another property was needed to cater for more people and outpatients.

The current Grade II listed property in Nettlebed was built by Robert Fleming the grandfather of the James Bond author Ian Fleming.

People have been cared for at the house for more than 30 years but the charity cannot offer patients single rooms and access via public transport is difficult.

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