22 January 2024

Plans to improve hospital care for all our communities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid-Wales have taken a significant step forward, with full planning permission granted for the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital development.

Artists impression of the proposed new main entrance at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

The approved design for new building at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site.

This follows the welcome news of the formal approval of the Outline Business Case (OBC), and official contractor announcement which will enable the transformation of hospital services across the communities it serves.

As part of the Hospitals Transformation Programme (HTP) the Princess Royal Hospital site will specialise in planned care and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site will specialise in emergency care. These plans have been led by our clinicians and operational staff who have been fully involved in the development process.

Further initiatives, together with HTP, are all part of long-term plans to provide high quality, sustainable healthcare. Significant progress is being made following multi-million pound investments. This includes the purpose-built Community Diagnostic Centre in Telford, and a dedicated Planned Care Hub expected to open in Spring 2024 at the Princess Royal Hospital.

The clinically led HTP plans at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will address our most pressing clinical challenges and establish solid and sustainable foundations upon which to make further improvements. The new build at the RSH Site will provide an integrated emergency department and emergency care facilities, including an Urgent Care Treatment Centre, acute medical floor, and a Critical Care Unit. The plans will also include a consultant led maternity unit, children’s services including outpatients and surgery, gynaecological services, consultant neonatal services. The development will also dramatically improve the look and feel of the site through a new entrance, improved hospitality offers, and enhanced patient drop off facilities.

Dr Ed Rysdale Consultant in Emergency Care and Clinical Lead for the Hospitals Transformation Programme said: “We are delighted to have received planning approval which is another significant next step forward in our Hospital Transformation Programme.

“Our HTP plans will enable us to deliver modern, high-quality care and importantly improve health outcomes for all our communities, which is why I joined the NHS. It is fantastic to see these vital plans taking shape.

“We are making real progress with our enabling works starting and as we prepare to submit our Full Business Case (FBC) the approval of which is the final stage in the national approval process. We are committed to continuing to work closely with our local communities, patients, and colleagues every step of this journey.”