3 April 2024

An artist's impression of an operating theatre at the hub
Thousands more operations will take place each year with the opening of a new Planned Care Hub at Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford this summer.

The new facility, which will consist of four modern operating theatres and additional recovery beds, will enable more than 3,500 additional day case procedures to be undertaken per year.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) secured a £24 million investment to build the hub as part of its plans to improve care for everyone.

The Trust, which runs PRH and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, has released a short preview video of what patients can expect when the hub opens.

Construction work is continuing on the new two-storey hub which will support patients across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales to receive high quality elective care all year round.

Patients will benefit from much shorter waiting times and an improved, high quality healthcare environment in which to receive their care.

The hub will support day case procedures across a range of specialities including ear, nose and throat, maxillofacial, gynaecology, breast, orthopaedics and general surgery.

Building work has taken longer than expected due to complex estates issues discovered during construction, with the first operations due to take place in June.

Dr Steve McKew, Medical Director for Surgery, Anaesthetics and Cancer, said: “The new hub is really starting to take shape, which is exciting for our patients and our staff.

“We are looking forward to opening the hub in June and welcoming our first patients. It will enable us to provide more operations each year for patients requiring a day case procedure.

“Thank you to our staff and patients for their understanding while construction work takes place.”

Clare Marsh, Matron for Surgery at PRH, said: “We are really excited about moving into the new hub and being able to provide a dedicated unit for our patients awaiting surgery, 52 weeks of the year.

“It means they can have their planned surgery in the right place, at the right time and by the right staff, which is fantastic news for our communities.”

PRH has already benefited from an upgraded main entrance and reception area, with improved retail and restaurant facilities, enhancing patient and colleague experience.

The development complements the Hospitals Transformation Programme (HTP) which will see PRH specialising in planned care for patients of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and mid Wales. HTP is a vital programme which will transform acute hospital services and improve health and care for communities.