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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Ludlow Maternity Unit reopens today – March planned for December

Ludlow Maternity Unit reopens

Speaking to BBC Radio Shropshire this morning, Jill Banks, Women and Children’s Care Group director for Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, announced the maternity unit was fully reopened from today. She said that the health trust can’t continue to use the workhouse because of its poor condition. The new space in the main building, Stretton Ward, is “absolutely beautiful”.

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