You’ll be forgiven if you are finding it hard to keep up with legal threats from Telford & Wrekin Council, the pact between Telford & Wrekin Council and Shropshire County Council, and where we are in the process of changing the health care in the region to cope with what the next 20 years has to throw at it. I’ve written about how this might affect us in Telford some time back.
While I take an interest in the issues I only have access to public domain information, the same as the Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council Cllr Shaun Davies, so he tells me.
What I can offer, is a view point from someone with no axe to grind. I support no political party, nor do I seek election. I am not part of the NHS. I do listen to what people are saying and what I have seen is a complete mish-mash of what people think the care might look like IF Telford loses A&E. Remember, no decision has been made yet, and there is still a substantial Public Consultation phase to the process.
The current healthcare system has been described by Consultant Mark Cheetham as ‘Fragile’ and change is needed to improve the outcomes for us all. This is not about saving money, or cuts, it’s about making the system work for everyone.
Imagine you are an A&E Consultant. You have been through Med School and probably put 20 years into your career. Hard work, continual development and learning. You are the cream of the crop and can command a good salary, and have your pick of placements. You like to be challenged in your work. Shropshire is a beautiful place, but I can understand why a top drawer medic would be drawn to a city location where the work & home life would be varied and exciting. This is why we are short staffed in A&E. This is one of the reasons that we need change. View the FutureFit Video.
WHAT DOES CHANGE LOOK LIKE?
After the changes there will be no A&E for Telford or Shrewsbury. What there will be are a number of Urgent Care Centres (UCC) around the whole county, including at the PRH in Telford, but only one Emergency Department (ED) for the region.
80% of planned care & elective procedures such as tonsils and your run of the mill operations will take place at the site which does not have the Emergency Department. Think about this. Think about how you will get to the ED. If you need the ED, you are incredibly unlikely to be in a position to take public transport or drive yourself. ED is for life threatening conditions.
Now think about your Nan getting her Thyroid sorted, or an operation on her foot. If Telford wins the ED, these procedures are likely to take place in Shrewsbury. How will your Grandad get there to visit? How will your Nan get there in the first place? Ever travelled from Telford to the RSH by public transport?
There is an Emergency General Meeting set for Weds 7th November 2016 where Telford and Wrekin Council will be pushing for a Judicial Review. We’ll be covering the meeting and broadcasting live.
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
This is unofficial and the information has been taken from the FutureFit website but, try these 10 questions and see if you have understood the proposals.