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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.

Public consultation into changes to hospital services set to launch

People across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales are to be asked for their views on proposals to transform local hospital services when the NHS Future Fit public consultation is launched later this month.

The board of NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has today approved the recommendation from the Future Fit Programme Board that the public consultation will begin on 30 May 2018 and run for 14 weeks until 4 September 2018. This follows approval from NHS Shropshire CCG board on Wednesday.

This announcement follows formal approval from NHS England to launch the consultation and the earlier announcement from the Department of Health & Social Care that the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability & Transformation Partnership (STP) will receive £300m funding for the Future Fit programme to assist with the future reconfiguration of our local hospital services.

Mr David Evans, Chief Officer, NHS Telford & Wrekin CCG, said: “I am delighted that we will soon be able to share our proposed plans for the future of our two hospitals and hear the views of communities across Telford & Wrekin, Shropshire and mid Wales. Thank you to all our patients, doctors, nurses, other healthcare staff and partners who have worked so hard to get us to this point.”

Dr Simon Freeman, Accountable Officer, NHS Shropshire CCG, added: “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. When the consultation launches, we would urge everyone to come to our events, visit our website and have their say by filling out our survey.”

Final plans are now being put in place to widely promote the consultation. This includes an updated website, which will launch on 30 May. Here, people will be able to find out more, download the consultation documents and fill in an online survey. Paper copies of the consultation documents will also be made available at the Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury hospitals and at public and community venues across the region.

Throughout the 14-week consultation, there will be eight public exhibition events where people can drop in and meet doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff, ask questions and find out more.

In addition, representatives from the CCGs will be attending a range of meetings and events providing regular updates and answering questions. And there will be a range of pop-up style roadshows at community and public venues across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales. All meetings and events will be publicised on the website www.nhsfuturefit.org and in the local media.

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

  • Option 1: The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Princess Royal Hospital becomes a Planned Care site (This is the CCGs' preferred option)
  • Option 2: The Princess Royal Hospital beomes 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.

Public exhibition events will be open from 3-30pm – 7.30pm at the following locations:

Date  Venue 
6 June Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford TF3 4HS
 7 June Shrewsbury Football Club, Oteley Rd, Shrewsbury SY2 6ST
 28 June Elephant and Castle Hotel, Broad St, Newtown SY16 2BQ
4 July Bishop Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow SY8 1RZ
11 July Methodist Church, new Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1LU
25 July Bridgnorth Leisure Centre, Northgate, Bridgnorth WV16 4ER
2 August The Festival Drayton Centre, Frogmore Rd, Market Drayton TF9 3AX
15 August Cabin Lane Church, Cabin Lane, Oswestry SY11 2LQ

 

 

 

 

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