Later this week we will see further strike action by junior doctors and we would like to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to lessen the impact on our communities.

We are working alongside our healthcare partners to manage the pressures, but you can help by using the right service for your health needs. The ‘Think which service?’ website: has information on the range of services available – from community pharmacies and NHS 111 online to Minor Injury Units.

It is important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, particularly in genuine life-threatening emergencies – for example chest pains, severe bleeding or burns. If you have a life-threatening illness or injury, please continue to dial 999.

If you have a hospital appointment, please attend unless we contact you.

Well done to the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) team at Princess Royal Hospital which has achieved a silver Exemplar accreditation.

What they have achieved is brilliant and I was pleased to present AMU Ward Manager Kerry Tasker and her colleagues with certificates of achievement and a badge.

Our Exemplar Programme is led by senior nursing and allied health professional (AHP) colleagues who assess wards and units in 11 areas, including patient experience, patient safety, leadership, infection prevention and control, and nutrition and hydration. The initiative has patient experience at its heart and will help us to deliver excellent care for our communities.

The assessment programme sets out clear standards and measurements to help colleagues understand where they are already delivering fantastic patient care and areas which may require some improvement.

Our annual Trust Celebratory Awards in partnership with the Shropshire Star were launched last week and we are asking communities to nominate their hospital heroes.

We would love you to get involved as the awards are a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the fantastic contribution that our staff, volunteers and partners make, supporting patients, families and communities, whether in frontline teams or working behind the scenes.

Why not nominate one of our colleagues or teams for the fantastic work that they do. You can find out how in the Shropshire Star and online.

You don’t have long to get your nominations in with the closing date on Friday 18 August.

Nominations will be shortlisted and followed by a public vote, so you can choose your winner who will be announced at our virtual staff awards on Thursday 16 November.

The Trust is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 2.30pm on Wednesday 30 August. It will be held in Room 5, Shropshire Education and Conference Centre, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 8XQ.

We would like you to invite you to the meeting, where information about the work of the Trust during 2022/23 will be shared with you. We will also highlight our plans for the future.

At the meeting, the Trust’s 2022/23 Annual Report and Accounts will also be presented. You are invited to send any questions relating to this in advance by emailing by 5pm on Tuesday 22 August 2023.

If you would like to attend, please send an email to with your name, organisation (if applicable) and any questions that you would like to ask the Trust Board.