An important message going out this Cervical Cancer Screening Awareness Week is ‘get yourself checked’.

We along with GPs, Clinical Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are encouraging people to schedule check-ups to help catch the early signs of cancer.

‘Get yourself checked’ is about cervical screening (a smear test), linking into the national campaign, but will also focus on bowel and breast screening checks too.

The week aims to raise awareness of the importance of regular screenings and reassure you that there is nothing to worry about getting yourself checked over.

Two pop-up events are taking place on today (Wednesday 22 June) at Anstice Park in Telford and tomorrow (Thursday 23 June) at Tesco Extra in Harlescott, Shrewsbury, from 10am until 4pm. It is important that we all have regular screening checks as it has been shown that screening saves lives.

GPs, cancer specialists and healthcare professionals will be available at the sessions to offer informal advice and guidance on how to book a screening, what to expect, as well as the opportunity to have a blood pressure check.

We also recognise our dietitians across the Trust this Dietitians Week (20-24 June) and the crucial role that they play.

Here at our Trust we have dietitians covering various specialities including paediatrics, Macmillan, community, acute and bariatric surgery.

Two of our dietitians – Marie Trahearn, Clinical Lead Renal Dietitian and Vivienne Love, Tier 3 Dietetic Lead  – and their teams have been working together on a new pathway for patients. The pathway means that renal patients follow an 18-month programme to help them with weight loss so that they can go on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.

This showcases a small part of the work that our Dietitians and those across the system do to help patients. Thank you.

On Monday, elective orthopaedic surgery resumed at Princess Royal Hospital (PRH), Telford, with urgent cases and those who have been waiting a long time prioritised for treatment.

Thank you to our system partners and colleagues for their hard work to enable us to resume the service at the PRH.

Last week, we made further changes to visiting arrangements in our Maternity Services. In our Antenatal and Postnatal Wards one support partner is able to visit between 9am and 8.30pm, and now an additional adult visitor is also able to attend between 2 and 5pm and 6.30 and 8pm.

There will be a maximum of two visitors at the bedside at any one time. For further details of visiting arrangements in Maternity, please visit our website (