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Doctors and nurses on hand to answer your Future Fit questions at public exhibition events

5 June 2018 3:08pm

Doctors and nurses on hand to answer your Future Fit questions at public exhibition events

Local people are being encouraged to find out more about the Future Fit consultation at the first two public exhibition events in Telford and Shrewsbury this week. The drop-in events run from 3.30pm to 7.30pm and are open to everyone. NHS doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff will be on hand to answer questions, to give everyone the chance to find out more about the proposed changes to services at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and The Princess Royal Hospital.

The first public exhibition will be held at Meeting Point House in Telford town centre on Wednesday 6 June, followed by the Shrewsbury event at Shrewsbury Town Football Club on Thursday 7 June. These are the first of eight large scale public events currently planned for the consultation which launched on 30 May and will run for 14 weeks until midnight on the 4 September.

Mr David Evans, Chief Officer at NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: These exhibitions are the perfect opportunity for people to really understand the proposals and to ask the questions that are important to them. The people answering the questions are the ones who have been involved in designing the new model of care so everyone who attends has the chance to really understand what it means for them.”

Dr Simon Freeman, Accountable Officer for NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We know people always have concerns about changes to their health services, but it’s really important that people get their answers from the people that fully understand what it means for you, the doctors and nurses that provide your care in the hospitals. We are hoping for a big turnout at all of our public events and are encouraging people to have the one to one conversations with the people that really understand the changes.

A further six public exhibitions have currently been arranged throughout June, July and August, details of which can be found on the Future Fit consultation website at: www.nhsfuturefit.org

All public exhibitions will be staffed from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. In addition to one to one discussions, the public exhibition will have videos playing to explain changes, senior people from the CCGs to explain how the consultation works, the opportunity for people to complete surveys and Healthwatch will be attending all events in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Powys Community Health Council at the event in Newtown.

The first two events are:

  • Telford public exhibition, Wednesday 6 June from 3.30pm to 7.30pm at the Walker Room, Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford.
  • Shrewsbury public exhibition, Thursday 7 June from 3.30pm to 7.30pm at the Sovereign Suite, Shrewsbury Town Football Club, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury.

There are many ways to get involved in the consultation. These include:

  • Attend a public event or meeting in public – visit nhsfuturefit.org for the venues, dates and times
  • Pick up consultation documents and surveys at one of our 70 plus pop-up events
  • Fill out our survey online on our website nhsfuturefit.org
  • Complete the survey, which is available in the consultation documents and post it free of charge to FREEPOST NHS FF CONSULTATION
  • Write to us at: FREEPOST NHS FF CONSULTATION
  • Email us at: nhsfuturefit@nhs.net
  • Call us to request materials: 0300 3000 903 (24-hour answer machine)
  • Follow us on social media
    • Twitter: @NHSFutureFit
    • Facebook: facebook.com/nhsff

Mr Mark Cheetham, Surgeon at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust (SaTH), will be taking control of the @NHSFutureFit Twitter on Tuesday 5 June from 7pm to 8pm to answer questions about the Future Fit proposals. Visit www.twitter.com/nhsfuturefit

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Notes for Editors:

NHS Shropshire and NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are asking for the views of people across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales on the following two options:

Option1:         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, both hospitals would have an Urgent Care Centre that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There patients would receive care for illnesses and injuries that are not life or limb-threatening but require urgent attention.

Having a single Emergency Care site would mean that specialist doctors can treat the most serious cases in a dedicated emergency department, which is proven to be safer, provide better results for patients and reduce the amount of time people have to stay in hospital. Having a dedicated Planned Care site would mean that patients will wait less time for their appointments and beds would be protected for planned operations, meaning that is highly unlikely operations will be cancelled due to emergency admissions. Under either option, the proposals mean that the county will keep the full range of services already offered with high quality, state-of-the-art care for patients available at two vibrant local hospitals.

People have until midnight on 4 September 2018 to return a survey or to provide a submission.

The eight public exhibitions (listed below) will allow people to drop in anytime from 3.30pm to 7.30pm, meet doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff, ask questions and find out more about the proposals.

For further information contact:

Nick Sykes

Communications and Engagement Manager

tel: 0794 111 3133   email: nick.sykes2@nhs.net

Sophie Powers

Communications and Engagement Manager

tel: 07970 354113   email: sophie.powers@nhs.net