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£300m new funding to transform hospital services in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

Date:  Wednesday 28 March 2018

£300m new funding to transform hospital services in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

Half a million people living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales are set to benefit from a capital funding injection of £300 million to transform their local hospital services. The money makes up the largest proportion of a £760 million investment from the Department of Health & Social Care – the single biggest capital injection of its kind in the NHS for over a decade.

The scale of the funding means that subject to consultation, in the future local people will receive care and treatment at two vibrant hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford. A wide range of hospital services will still be available at both existing hospital sites and importantly, stay within the county. In addition, the announcement is expected to have a more immediate impact, by attracting expert consultants, doctors and nurses to work for hospitals destined to undergo a transformation.

No decisions will be made until after a formal public consultation which will ask people’s views on two options. The model has been co-designed by members of the public and over 300 clinicians, GPs and social care professionals. It will see one hospital becoming an Emergency Care site and the other a Planned Care site. This will allow specialist doctors to treat the most serious cases on the Emergency Care site, which is proven to be safer, provide better results for patients and reduce the amount of time people have to stay in hospital.

By having a separate Planned Care site, patients will wait less time for their appointments and beds would be protected for planned operations, meaning that is highly unlikely operations will be cancelled due to emergency admissions.  In addition, both sites will have an Urgent Care Centre that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This means that almost 80% of patients will continue to go to the same hospital as they do now for emergency and urgent care.

Dr Simon Freeman, Accountable Officer, Shropshire CCG said: “Thank you to everyone who has been involved in helping us to reach this point. This is fantastic news for our local communities and a major step forward in making sure we can secure two vibrant hospitals and improve the care received by people across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales now and in the future.”

Mr David Evans, Chief Officer, NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This is a massive endorsement of the tireless work of our clinicians, staff and local people in co-designing the best model of hospital care for our region. When we proceed to consultation, we want people across all the areas served to make sure they have their say.”

Simon Wright, Chief Executive, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, added: “This news sends out a clear message to our doctors, nurses and other frontline staff that we will be able to transform our hospital services to improve outcomes for our patients, reduce waiting times and cancellations and to become an even more attractive place for people to come and work.”

Today’s announcement clears the way for NHS England to provide its final, formal approval for the CCGs to launch the Future Fit public consultation. Once the CCGs receive this approval, they will finalise plans and announce the start date of the consultation.

The formal public consultation will ask for people’s views on two options:

Option1:         The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Princess Royal Hospital becomes a Planned Care site

                        (This the CCGs’ preferred option)

Option 2:        The Princess Royal Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes a Planned Care site

Under either option, both hospitals would have an Urgent Care Centre that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

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Draft public consultation documents

Draft public consultation documents

We are currently drafting the public consultation documents, which will include:

  • A full consultation document
  • A summary consultation document
  • Both documents will also include a survey

You can view the draft consultation documents folder here . Please note that these versions are draft.

The final documents will be widely available once the consultation launches.

NHS Future Fit programme board makes recommendation on hospital services for public consultation

Press Release

Date: 31 July 2017

NHS Future Fit programme board makes recommendation on hospital services for public consultation

Local health and social care partners met today to consider the next steps to transform hospital services for local patients in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Powys.
The Future Fit programme board reviewed the additional assurance work that has been carried out to decide whether the time is right for a public consultation.

Two reports which were considered today:

1. Additional analysis of potential changes to Women’s and Children’s services
This report takes an in-depth look at the potential impact of changes to some of the women’s and children’s services. It includes factors such as clinical effectiveness and patient safety, deprivation, accessibility and transport and rurality. This was discussed in the context of the wider impact assessment previously carried out.

2. Independent Review of the Future Fit Options Appraisal Process
This is a detailed examination of the Future Fit assurance process carried out so far. KPMG was selected to provide independent, expert analysis and recommend any further action.

Simon Freeman, Accountable Officer for Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and David Evans, Chief Officer for Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “We believe strongly that no-change is not an option if we are to provide safe and sustainable hospitals. The broad consensus today was that there is nothing in the independent reports that materially affects the decision to go to public consultation.

“The need to further review affordability and community provision is well known and work is already ongoing to address these. Both of these issues will be reviewed before the CCGs seek assurance from NHS England to launch a consultation.

“It is important to note that this is not a final decision, but a recommendation to go forward to public consultation to gather public views across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Powys on the proposals.”

On November 30 2016 NHS Future Fit programme board recommended the following preferred option for hospital services:

Princess Royal Hospital (Telford)

  • Urgent Care (24/7)
  • The majority of day case surgery
  • Planned orthopaedic surgery
  • Outpatients
  • Diagnostics
  • Midwifery led unit

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

  • Emergency and critical care
  • Urgent care (24/7)
  • Complex surgery
  • Outpatients and diagnostics
  • Women and children’s centre

 

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The reports will be made public in advance of the Joint Committee meeting in August.

Local Planned Care Services

Local Planned Care Services

Urgent and Emergancy Care

Urgent and Emergancy Care

Urgent Care Centre

Urgent Care Centre

Diagnostic and Treatment Centre

Diagnostic and Treatment Centre