Here at the Trust, it is not just the nurses and doctors that make up our great teams, but there are other colleagues who have key roles too.

Today marks the first ever National Healthcare Estates and Facilities Day and this includes estates, portering, medical engineering, cleanliness and catering teams.

Have you ever thought about how many miles are walked every day by these teams, how many floors are cleaned, how many potatoes are peeled for the thousands of meals prepared and the thousands of medical devices that are fixed?

These teams are the ones who work behind the scenes but play such pivotal roles in what we do here at the Trust.

All of them have shown incredible resilience and dedication over the last couple of years – going above and beyond for their colleagues and patients.

If you would like to find out more about their roles, look out on our social media channels (Twitter – @sathnhs / facebook – The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust / Insta – sathnhs) where we will give you the facts and figures.

I would like to thank all these teams for the fantastic work that they do to keep services running like clockwork and their vital contribution to patient care.

Our colleagues from the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) are in training to battle it out on the water at the Dragon Boat Festival.

Team ‘Sea Diff’ will have their oars at the ready on Saturday 23 July for the Severn Hospice Dragon Boat Festival at Pengwern Boat Club in Shrewsbury.

The festival hasn’t been held for the last two years because of the pandemic so this year it will be extra special that everybody can join together and at the same time raise funds for the charity.

Hopefully there should be plenty of crowds at the banks of the River Severn cheering on the teams over the two-days.

Sister Katy Reece from AMU is leading the SaTH fundraiser and there is a team of about 20 taking part – Dr Aruna Maharaj, Clinical Director for Acute Medicine, will keep them all motivated as drummer for the day. They are hoping to raise £1,000 for Severn Hospice.

Good luck to ‘Sea Diff’ and I hope all the training goes to plan.

The views of our patients and carers are crucial in improving our care and shaping our future services.

There is an exciting opportunity for those who have used our services to become part of Speciality Patient Experience groups at our Trust and share with us their valuable insight and perspective. The areas covered include medicine, emergency, surgery, women’s health, maternity, and children and young people, support services and corporate services.

Representatives of these groups will work with our services across the specialities to represent the voice of hospital patients. Any patient or carer who has accessed services within the Trust during 2021/ 2022 is invited to apply.

We would love to hear from you if you can commit approximately three hours a month to support the work. For more information on the role and recruitment process please email or contact 01743 261000 ext 3032. The closing date for applications is Thursday 30 June 2022.