HOSPITAL SERVICES – Have your say . . .
Information below about the NHS plans (aka Future Fit) about services at Telford Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury hospitals your help to spread this information to as many people as possible would be appreciated.
A Better NHS for Everybody
If Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin together with Mid Wales have £312m to spend on hospitals, let’s get the best and most for the money.
You’re probably aware, the NHS Future Fit’s consultation on the future of hospital services for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales now runs until 4 September.
The NHS plans known as ‘Future Fit’ want to reconfigure services at the Princess Royal (PRH) and Royal Shrewsbury (RSH) hospitals.
This wants the Women and Children’s Centre (currently based at PRH in Telford), a 24/7 full A&E and emergency care to be based at one hospital and pre-planned operations at the other. Both options have a 24/7 urgent care centre. The consultation asks the public for their views on two options.
Future Fit’s preference is to site a new Women & Children’s Centre and 24/7 full A&E services at the RSH. However, Telford & Wrekin Council believes the best option is to keep the Women and Children’s Centre and 24/7 full A&E in Telford. Planned care should be at RSH because more than half of people having planned operations live nearer to RSH.
Our www.NHS4All.co.uk campaign explains why we believe Option 2, which keeps 24/7 full A&E and Women’s & Children’s services at PRH, is better for all and we need your help to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and back Option 2. Why?
- Option 2 will give the local NHS at least an extra £3.3m each year to spend on more GPs and nurses.
- Two thirds of all children and pregnant women admitted to hospital live nearer to the Princess Royal Hospital. Choose Option 2 to keep the new £28m Women and Children’s Centre where it is.
- More than half of people having planned operations live nearer to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Under Option 2, that’s where planned care would be based.
- Option 2 will allow the NHS to invest in a second state of the art cancer centre.
- Average emergency travel times are shorter to the Princess Royal Hospital. Under Option 2, that’s where the Emergency Centre would be based.
Option 2 gives everyone the best possible services and the potential for more investment into community health services to keep people out of hospital in the first place.
It will cost the NHS £63 million pounds less – AT LEAST an extra £3.3 million each year that they could spend on more GPs and nurses.
So please, help us spread the message about www.NHS4Allco.uk and whatever your views, encourage the community or groups you work with to take part in Future Fit’s consultation. You can do this online at www.nhsfuturefit.org. This is a very important issue for the future of our borough
If you would like to get involved further in #NHS4All and support Option 2, please get in touch. Equally, we have a stock of Future Fit consultation material including consultation forms we can provide you with. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange how we can get these to you.
Telford & Wrekin Council