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Shropshire's only A&E to be based at Shrewsbury

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  • Health bosses have voted unanimously to base Shropshire's only A&E unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
  • It means that emergency care at The Princess Royal Hospital in Telford would be removed and downgraded to a planned care centre.
  • A final decision was made on the 'Future Fit' plan at a fiery public meeting on Tuesday night after a consultation finished in September.

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The proposal was to have a single accident and emergency unit for the county, supported by walk-in urgent care centres at both Shrewsbury and Telford.

The recommendation for Option One - for the A&E unit to be based in Shrewsbury, with Telford downgraded to a planned care centre, was unanimously approved by Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The NHS Future Fit Programme says the decision will result in better care for patients and reduce the amount of time people have to stay in hospital.

But Telford and Wrekin Council has called on the Health Secretary to intervene:

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The Future Fit programme also says that by having a separate planned care unit, patients will wait less time for their appointments and beds would be protected for planned operations, meaning it's highly unlikely that operations will be cancelled due to emergency admissions.

Today marks the dawn of an exciting new era for our hospital services. We understand that people have concerns and the numbers that attended the meeting today highlights just how passionate people are about the NHS. However, we are equally passionate about ensuring that our patients benefit from the best NHS treatment possible and the decision we have made today is vital for the future of patient care. Both the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital will continue to provide the services our patients use the most. These include outpatient appointments, midwife led services, tests and urgent care.

“People can be assured that this is not a downgrading of services. This is all about a huge improvement in the care that patients will receive and the majority of patients are still going to be seen in their local hospital in the urgent care centre. In order for the local NHS to deliver top quality emergency care, we need all specialities on one site.”

– David Evans, Chief Officer at NHS Telford & Wrekin CCG