All feedback from the Future Fit consultation is currently being collated and analysed by independent consultation specialists, who will then produce a report which will be conscientiously considered by the Future Fit Programme Board and the boards of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs as part of the decision-making process.
The Joint Committee of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs will convene early in 2019 to make a final decision on the proposed changes to the hospital services provided at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal hospitals.
The views and suggestions of everyone who responded to the Future Fit consultation are an important part of how we will make a decision. However, we also have to complete a number of pieces of work before any final decisions are made. These pieces of work have been requested by the West Midlands Clinical Senate, NHS England and members of the CCG Governing Bodies. No decision can be made after the end of the formal public consultation until this work has been completed.
This work includes making sure that:
- more work is done to model the care we will need to deliver in the community
- the CCGs are confident that the options are affordable
- we look at what we might need to do to lessen the impact for women and children and older people, their families and carers, particularly around travel
- we understand how the Urgent Care Centre at the Planned Care site will be staffed by skilled professionals to deliver the high level of care required for children
- we understand the effect of the proposed changes on the demand for both emergency and non-emergency ambulance and patient transport services
- we consider new ways of working in the future, including new staff roles.
Once a decision is made, nothing will happen overnight. It will take about five years for changes to be fully implemented and we will continue to involve patients and the public over the coming years.