In the coming months the future of hospital and health services in Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire will be widely debated as the NHS looks to make savings.
The Shrewsbury and Telford Clinical Commissioning Group, which runs the Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury hospitals, has warned that in future key services such as accident and emergency may not be able to remain at both hospital sites.
The Council is unanimous in its commitment to do all it can to keep 24 hour full accident and emergency services at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) and has launched its A&E 4 PRH campaign to support this.
It says that Telford and the surrounding area, including many nearby towns in Shropshire, must keep this or the PRH will be downgraded as a hospital.
Among the reasons for this are:
- Telford is growing very rapidly and up to 15,500 new homes could be built in the borough by 2031.
- Telford & Wrekin is the region’s business centre and the focus for business growth with a very strong manufacturing sector – businesses will only continue to consider coming here if they are confident in strong local services, such as a high quality acute hospital with 24 hour A&E provision.
- The borough has very clear and incontestable health needs – health in Telford and Wrekin is worse than other parts of the region and significantly worse than the national average on many health indicators.
- The PRH is a site with potential, and space, for development.
The Council has written to Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt seeking a guarantee to protect A&E services at the PRH.
The NHS in Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire launched a ‘Call to Action’ on the future of health services last year.
They have now published their Future Fit document which outlines proposals for the future of A&E services in Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire.
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