If there must be just one A&E for Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire and mid-Wales, where should it be located? At the Princes Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford or the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH)?
This will be the main question asked in the Future Fit consultation on the future of Shropshire health services. We are expecting that to be launched in the next few weeks. There is a third option, that we keep both A&Es, though that will not an option health bosses will put forward in the forthcoming consultation.
Let us know your views by voting below.
Continue reading “Should we have an A&E unit in Shrewsbury or Telford or in both towns? Vote now…”
Shropshire has been awarded more than £300 million in capital funding by the Department of Health to modernise its services.
Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East and a Ludlow nurse, welcomed the news.
“This is great news and so overdue. It will allow the county’s NHS services to be modernised. But this money should not be used as an excuse to centralise services in Shrewsbury and Telford at the expense of rural services and community hospitals.
Continue reading “NHS money overdue and welcome but should not be used as an excuse to reduce rural services”
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has decided to lose Ludlow Maternity Unit for two weeks. Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East says:
I have completely lost track of how often we have heard that Ludlow Maternity Unit is to close temporarily. A few days later, it reopens. And not long after that, the health trust, SaTH, announces the maternity unit is to close yet again. Maternity services in rural Shropshire look like they are stuck in a Groundhog Day.
Continue reading “Ludlow Maternity Unit closes for two weeks – welcome to Shropshire’s version of Groundhog Day”
This article first appeared in the Ludlow Advertiser.
Many people have received first class treatment from the NHS, including myself after a recent stroke. Regrettably, that is not everyone’s experience. It is no secret that our health system is creaking at the seams.
Continue reading “Our health system is not healthy – nationally and locally”
This is the second article on my misadventure with a stroke and my adventures in Hereford Hospital (the first article). It has some serious messages but it also tells of the funnier moments and the wonderful camaraderie amongst the medical staff in a challenging environment.
Continue reading “I had a stroke (Part 2): A lucky escape and fantasies about escaping”