Hospitals Transformation Programme

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has welcomed a decision to transform hospital services for the people of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.

The Joint Committee of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) has approved Option 1 of the NHS Future Fit plans which means the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford will become a dedicated Planned Care site and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) will become a specialist Emergency Care site. This will allow specialist doctors to treat the most serious cases on the Emergency Care site, which is proven to be safer, provide better results for patients and reduce the amount of time people have to stay in hospital.

By having a separate Planned Care site, patients will wait less time for their appointments and beds would be protected for planned operations, meaning that is highly unlikely operations will be cancelled due to emergency admissions. In addition, patients will be able to access 24-hour urgent care services at both hospitals. This means that the vast majority of patients will continue to go to the same hospital as they do now for emergency and urgent care.

This landmark decision will result in better care for patients, secure the £312 million from HM Treasury and develop both hospital sites to deliver state-of-the-art facilities in which staff will be proud to work and patients will choose to be treated.

A significant amount of work will now take place to implement the huge improvements that patients will experience.

The following services will be provided at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital:

  • 24-hour Emergency Department
  • Critical Care Unit
  • Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit
  • Emergency surgery and medicine
  • Complex planned surgery
  • Women and children’s consultant-led inpatient services

The following services will be provided at the Princess Royal Hospital:

  • Planned inpatient surgery
  • Day case surgery
  • Breast inpatient services
  • Medical wards

Most people will still receive care and treatment in the same hospital as they do now, as the following services will be provided at both hospitals:

  • 24-hour Urgent Care Centre (the majority of patients who attend our A&E departments will receive care and treatment here)
  • Adult and children’s outpatient services
  • Day Case Renal Unit
  • Tests (diagnostics)
  • Midwife Led Unit (MLU)
  • Antenatal Day Assessment Unit
  • Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS)
  • Maternity outpatients and scanning

More information can be found at www.nhsfuturefit.org

Useful Links

NHS Future Fit Homepage

NHS Future Fit Key Documents