Health leaders set the date for a decision making meeting on future of hospital services

12th January 2019

Health leaders have today announced that a decision making meeting on the future of local
hospital services for people across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales will take
place on 29 January 2019. This is subject to a further meeting with NHS England and a
further meeting of the Future Fit Programme Board.

The Future Fit Joint Committee of Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning
Groups (CCGs) will meet on 29 January to make a decision on the two options designed to
transform the hospital services provided at the county’s two hospitals:

Option 1: The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Princess Royal Hospital becomes a Planned Care site
(This is the CCGs’ preferred option)

Option 2: The Princess Royal Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes a Planned Care site

Under either option, a 24-hour urgent care centre, outpatient services and tests would be available at both hospitals.

The Committee will be made up of 15 voting members, which includes three clinicians, two
lay members and one executive from each CCG Governing Bodies, plus two voting
independent clinicians and a voting independent chair.

David Evans, Chief Officer at NHS Telford & Wrekin CCG commented: “We are pleased to
be able to announce the date for this important meeting, in which members of the Joint
Committee will be asked to make a final decision on the future of clinical services at the two
hospitals. On behalf of both CCGs, I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in
the Future Fit process over the last five years and has helped to get us this point – our
patients and communities, doctors, nurses and other health professionals, the voluntary
sector and partner organisations.”

Dr Simon Freeman, Accountable Officer for NHS Shropshire CCG commented: “This
meeting marks the end of a conscientious consideration phase in which both CCGs, together
with key stakeholders, have taken time to hear, reflect and comment on the feedback from
the public consultation, which took place from 30 May to 11 September 2018.
“In addition, we have looked in detail at the additional work that has been ongoing for some
months. This includes public, community and non-emergency travel and transport activity,
ambulance modelling, the impact that any changes to hospital services may have on seldom
heard groups and the proposed plans to improve community services for health and care
closer to home”.
The conscientious consideration phase has involved a series of meetings, including the Joint
HOSC of Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Councils, Powys Community Health Council and
the boards of Powys Teaching Health Board, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS
Trust and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.
Anyone is invited to attend the Joint Committee meeting, which will be held in public at
6.30pm on Tuesday 29 January 2019 at Harper Adams University, Edgmond, Newport TF10
8NB. The meeting will be live streamed via a webcast that can be accessed at

Last modified: 12th January 2019

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