New health trust plans will close maternity units overnight, including Ludlow Maternity Unit

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is planning to convert the midwifery-led maternity units (MLUs) at Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Oswestry to “birthing centres”. This means that the MLUs will not be staffed overnight. Women in labour will instead must call the units to arrange for them to open.

Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East and a practising nurse, is very concerned about the plans.

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Health chiefs will decide today on unacceptable proposal to close Ludlow’s renal unit

Update 1 December 2016

Gill George from Shropshire Defend Our NHS has reported on Facebook:

There was a fair bit of conflict today at a Board meeting of SaTH, the organisation that runs maternity services in Shropshire. They were challenged on all sorts of things…

We got a commitment that Ludlow’s renal dialysis service won’t be closed (at least for now).

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At last Future Fit publishes plans for the future of Shropshire’s main hospitals

The controversy has only just begun. Yesterday morning, the Future Fit board firmed up its recommendations on how to split services between the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princes Royal Hospital in Telford.

Both hospitals will have urgent care centres (UCCs) open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is predicted that the UCCs will take 80% of the cases that currently go to A&E.

There will be one A&E. That will be at the RSH. People in Telford are understandingly not happy with that. Neither are they happy that the Women and Children’s Centre, opened at the PRH in September at the cost of £28 million, will move to Shrewsbury.

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Neighbourhood health and wellbeing workshop: Ludlow 9 December 2016

Local and county health services are changing. Most readers of this blog will know of Future Fit, the programme to transform health services across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. In recent weeks, we have been engaged with the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) and its implications for the county and Ludlow. I’ll write more on the problems with the STP in coming days and weeks.

On 9 December, Shropshire Together will be holding a workshop on one element of the STP. How do we deliver community based health services? Please come along to learn more about this part of the STP, to share your experiences and make your views known. Details of how to book are at the end of this post.

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Rumours that Ludlow Community Hospital will close on Wednesday are wrong

I have heard from several sources – perhaps just one echoed around social networks – that Ludlow Community Hospital is to close on Wednesday. We need to scotch this rumour. It is false.

Rumours usually have a spark that sets them going. I don’t know why this myth started but I do know what is happening.

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