Monday 2 October 

We would like to reassure our patients, their families and carers that we are doing all that we can to resume our usual catering service at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

This follows the identification of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in a kitchen area at the hospital and, as a precaution, we have closed the kitchen and Apley Restaurant.

We are currently working with structural engineers who are inspecting the area and we will share more information when we have a clearer view.

Alternative arrangements are in place for patients:

  • Patients on a normal diet will be receiving a choice of soups (all vegetarian); a selection of sandwiches; a selection of ham and vegetarian salads; yoghurts; mousse; ice cream; fruit; cheese and biscuits and snacks, which are cakes and biscuits.
  • Those with any dietary requirements will see no change in the menu.
  • For our younger patients on the PRH Children’s ward, we will also be providing fish fingers/chicken nuggets.

Caffe Bistro in the Women and Children’s Centre will be open Monday to Friday: 7.30am-7.30pm or 9am to 4pm Saturday/Sunday and vending machines remain available across our hospital site.

We are currently building a temporary kitchen and we hope to provide a limited hot meal option for patients by the end of the week.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ward manager or matron.

Thank you for your understanding.

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete

The safety of our patients and colleagues is paramount. We are working closely with NHS England and following expert advice from the Institution for Structural Engineers to manage the RAAC at PRH safely, including daily inspections by our Estates team, and we have also joined the national NHS RAAC programme.