Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital A&E to be downgraded
Written by Dean Churm on January 30, 2019
Health bosses have voted to downgrade the Accident and Emergency Department at the Princess Royal in Telford and replace it with a walk-in urgent care centre. The A&E at the Royal Shrewsbury hospital will be replaced by an upgraded emergency centre.
The vote was made last night by a panel at a joint meeting of the Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups held at the Harper Adams University in Edgmond. Although the public was invited to watch the proceedings, they were not permitted to question the panel. Over a 100 people were at the meeting, and shouts of “shame on you” could be heard as the vote was cast.
A review, known as the Future Fit programme, began in 2013 and looked at overhauling services at Shropshire’s two main hospitals which also serve patients from mid Wales.
The panel agreed that Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital will become the home of planned care, whilst accident and emergency services and women and children’s services would be based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The panel was told that it provided best value for money and fewer people would have to travel further.
A brand new Women and Children’s Centre opened in Telford in 2014 at a cost of £28m.
Jo Leahy, chair of the Telford & Wrekin NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are doing our very best to do the best thing for the greatest number of people and that is why we have made this decision today.”
Simon Wright, Chief Executive of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs both hospitals, said: “We are delighted that a decision on the future of our hospitals has been made and that we can now get on with the work of planning and creating two new, state-of-the-art hospitals to provide the best care for the whole population of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.
Telford & Wrekin Council issued a statement saying it has proposed an emergency council meeting to formally refer the decision to the Health Secretary as it would be against the interests of health services in the borough.
Peter Scott, Borough Councillor and Mayor of Newport, said: “I’m disappointed, as is every Newport resident I have spoken to, especially those that have gone on the marches and supported option two.”
The changes are expected to be implemented in 2025.
You can watch a video recording of the proceedings here. here.