Hospitals to be revamped as business plan approved

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An NHS trust has received national approval of its business case.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) said this meant work could start on its Hospitals Transformation Programme.

Under the plans, the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) site will specialise in planned care and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site (RSH) will specialise in emergency care.

The full £312m investment in local services has been released to the trust, meaning the implementation of the new model of healthcare, including construction, can begin.

The trust said the programme would result in shorter hospital stays for patients, and shorter waits for planned surgeries.

On Monday, the Trust confirmed that Telford’s accident and emergency department would be renamed an Urgent Treatment Centre, following the changes.

It followed the leader of Telford and Wrekin Council, Shaun Davies, calling for clarity over concerns it might be called an “A&E Local”.

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