A&E Overnight Closure Deferred until December.
Health bosses have confirmed that overnight emergency services at The Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford could be temporarily suspended on 5 December if efforts to recruit more staff are unsuccessful and assurances are made that every patient pathway is safe.
The Board of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs PRH and The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH), will receive an update of the Trust’s Emergency Department Implementation Programme at its meeting tomorrow (Thursday). This includes the possibility of extending the department’s opening hours from 8am until 10pm should an overnight closure be necessary.
The A&E department at PRH currently remains open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, however if the recruitment of additional staff is not possible the Board have agreed that an overnight closure will be unavoidable because of the impact staff shortages are having on patient safety.
For the last few weeks reports have been coming in that Ambulances have been diverted to Telford from Shrewsbury and vice versa, suggesting that the staffing levels at each location are operating on the extremes.