Multi-million Pound Boost for Telford Hospital
A new £24 million planned care hub is being purpose-built which will improve services and reduce the time that patients from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales are waiting for their operations.
The new hub will provide more theatres and recovery beds dedicated to day case surgery, substantially increasing the number of same day operations that can take place – and enabling services to be provided all year round.
Patients will benefit from fewer cancellations and delays for treatment, shorter waiting times and a much-improved experience.
Work has already started on developing the new facility at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and it is expected to start taking patients next summer.
This development is a key part of long-term plans to deliver improvements in care for all the population and support two thriving hospital sites. The planned care hub is fully aligned with the Hospitals Transformation Programme (HTP), which will see the Telford hospital site specialise in planned care and the Shrewsbury hospital site specialise in emergency care, with both sites providing 24/7 urgent care services.
Telford will benefit from a new enhanced urgent care service, an A&E Local model, staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of health, care and community professionals. This will mean that around two thirds of patients currently treated at Telford’s A&E department will continue to receive the care they need at their most local hospital.
Louise Barnett, Chief Executive, said: “This is a significant investment in our Telford site which will improve the care that we provide to all our communities.
“The new dedicated planned care hub will enable us to deliver day case surgery all year round, so patients from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales waiting for treatment will benefit from shorter waiting times for their operations.”
Dr John Jones, Medical Director (Acting), said: “The new planned care hub will mean that operations can be performed quickly and effectively in one place which is fantastic news for our patients.
Not everyone is convinced that the changes to the hospital arrangements by the Trust are in the best interests of Telford people. Telford & Wrekin Council are currently running their NHS4All campaign to keep the current A&E provision and the Maternity Unit with a petition that has attracted over 19,000 signatures.