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Shropshire Hospitals defines how Future Fit changes

Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust has had its say on how the service changes will benefit patients

Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust had their say on how changes to the service would benefit patients

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site will specialize in emergency care. The trust says this will benefit patients with immediate access to teams of medical and surgical specialists in the same location.

NHS chiefs say creating a single emergency department dedicated to Shropshire, Telford and Ricken will help ensure patients are seen more quickly by the most appropriate specialist teams. They say patients will experience faster diagnoses and shorter hospital stays and that there will be a better flow of patients, with shorter patient waiting times, and faster ambulance delivery times.

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The trust says both the Telford and Shrewsbury locations will provide 24-hour urgent care services, providing improved access to the assessment and treatment of a wide range of illnesses and injuries.

The hospital management team says Telford will benefit from a new and improved urgent care service, a local A&E model, staffed by a multidisciplinary team of health, care and community professionals. They insist this is a significant improvement to Telford’s urgent care services and means that around two-thirds of patients currently treated at Telford’s A&E department will continue to receive the care they need at most local hospitals.

Women and children inpatient services will be based in Shrewsbury, ensuring that high-risk maternity cases and children admitted under the care of specialist pediatricians have immediate access to on-site medical and surgical specialists and other experts at the emergency site.

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Both hospitals will provide a combination of assessment, outpatient and survey services, along with midwife-led delivery units for low-risk deliveries. The trust says this means that the majority of expectant mothers will continue to receive prenatal and postnatal care in the location closest to home.

In addition to urgent care services, the secretariat says both locations will offer a wide range of combined services including testing (diagnostics such as X-rays), outpatient appointments and day-to-day chemotherapy.

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The trust says the Joint Investment Committee’s decision to approve the status of the Strategic Planner (SOC) signals a move to the next stage of creating the care model recommended by the NHS Independent Reconfiguration Committee and supported by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in 2019, following key public consultation For Future Fit.

Work has begun on the preparation of an outline business case, a more detailed assessment of each of the options. The third and final stage of the process will be a complete business case study.

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