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Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin health and care system declares a critical incident

12 August 2022

The health and care system in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has declared a critical incident due to continued and unprecedented pressure on its services across all its settings. We are seeing significant and sustained levels of demand for all health and care services across the area.  There are still relatively high numbers of patients in…

Local NHS leader thanks staff for mammoth efforts to reduce the longest waits

10 August 2022

Statement from Simon Whitehouse, Chief Executive Officer for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin: Following the announcement that the NHS has met its target to reduce the number of people unnecessarily waiting more than two years for planned treatment, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to all our staff working across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin…

Shropshire Patient Group (SPG) needs new members

2 August 2022

Each General Practice should have a Practice Patient Group (PPG), which provides a way for patients and the public to have their say on medical services within the county. Set up 12 years ago, the Shropshire Patient Group (SPG) acts as a channel for information to pass between individual PPGs and NHS Shropshire, Telford and…

Plans progress for the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub as site now identified

1 August 2022

Plans for a new Health and Wellbeing Hub, led by NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, have taken a step forward as a site has now been identified in the Meole Brace area of Shrewsbury. NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has developed plans for a new, purpose-built hub aimed to bring a bigger and better range…

Have your say in shaping local outpatient services

1 August 2022

Your local health and care organisations in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are working together to improve outpatient services. Outpatients are when someone has an appointment in a hospital or clinic but does not need to stay overnight. We are looking for members of the public, patients, and carers to join us for a virtual event…

New purpose-built medical centre opens in Shawbirch, Telford

25 July 2022

The brand new, state of the art premises for Shawbirch Medical Centre in Telford has opened its doors today. The project, which has been supported by NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin since March 2021, will open to the public in a new location just half a mile away in Admaston. The brand new building on…

New provider for NHS111 service

20 July 2022

DHU Healthcare are preparing to step-in and run the West Midlands NHS111 service after West Midlands Ambulance Service decides to hand back the contract. West Midlands Ambulance Service has taken the difficult decision as the service develops nationally and becomes an even more important part of the NHS. Part of this development will involve a…

Help shape the future of local health and care services

20 July 2022

Your local NHS is searching for people to join a new NHS committee to ensure the views and experiences of people living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin influence future health and care services. The Equality and Involvement Committee will also play a key role in making sure that local health and care plans consider the…

Designing local eye-care for the future

19 July 2022

Work to redesign local eye-care services to meet the future needs of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is well underway. The eye-care programme is now in the process of using the experiences and feedback from patients and staff to shape the services based on best practice and what’s important to people. Barrie Reis-Seymour, Head of Transformation…

News from our partners: The ‘key to success’ introduced to benefit cancer patients

18 July 2022

A new scheme to help reduce stress and worry for cancer patients in the community has been hailed the ‘key to success’ – thanks to the region’s dedicated cancer charity. As part of its work to fund and deliver meaningful projects throughout Shropshire, Telford and Mid Wales, Lingen Davies Cancer Fund has invested in radar…

Summit throws spotlight on urgent and emergency care challenges

15 July 2022

Health and care leaders in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have met with local MPs to discuss actions to improve ambulance delays. The delays being faced by ambulances at Shropshire’s two Accident and Emergency Departments in Shrewsbury and Telford have been well publicised in recent months. A two-part summit was therefore called to debate the issues…

Lucy Shines Brightly as NHS STW’s 1st Star of the Month

15 July 2022

Lucy Merricks, Digital Lead Processing Team for the Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) team, has been awarded the first Star of the Month for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (NHS STW).   Lucy was nominated by her colleague, Molly Hill, who wanted Lucy to be recognised for her brilliant work ethic and contribution to the service.,  Molly…

Stay safe as temperatures set to soar

11 July 2022

With daytime temperatures set to hit 29 degrees in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin over the next week, and very high UV levels expected, we’re urging people to stay sun safe. Make sure you: Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm Make sure you never burn Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses Take extra care…

Be Summer Ready – Get Vaccinated and Stay Protected

11 July 2022

As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, the NHS is urging those eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination to come forward as soon as possible and get protected. We are all looking forward to warmer weather, or potentially a trip aboard, a festival or perhaps a wedding – things…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin celebrates 74 years of the NHS

5 July 2022

On Tuesday 5 July the NHS marks its 74th birthday. The NHS was set up in 1948 to provide everyone in the UK with healthcare based on their needs, and not on their ability to pay. This year we are celebrating the people who work for the NHS and those who are committed to providing…

We got our Covid jabs because our late dad and gramps couldn’t

4 July 2022

Katie Griffiths, 32, who lives in St Martin’s near Oswestry, is calling on people to get vaccinated as she says “Covid is still out there – and those most vulnerable still need protecting”. Her call comes just 16 months after the death of her “fit and healthy” father, Colin Griffiths, who died aged 58 from…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System becomes statutory body

1 July 2022

Today (Friday 1 July) integrated care systems officially kick in as statutory bodies – marking one of the biggest transformations in health and care since the NHS was founded in 1948. But what does it all mean – both for the public, and for those of us working within health and care organisations? Friday 1…

Have Your Say – Pharmacy Services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

29 June 2022

A review is currently underway across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to understand how people use their pharmacists and the services provided by pharmacies. NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and the local councils would like to hear from you to understand how you currently use your local pharmacy, your experiences of using pharmacy services, as well…

Vulnerable people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin urged to get spring booster jab as Covid-19 cases rise

24 June 2022

Vulnerable people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin urged to get spring booster jab as Covid-19 cases rise NHS Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin is urging people aged 75 and over and people aged 12 and over with a weakened immune system who have not yet come forward to get their spring booster as cases of COVID-19…

Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) service under pressure

23 June 2022

Patients across the county are being advised that the Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) service for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is currently operating at low capacity. Patients will unfortunately experience longer waiting times as a result of this. Stephanie Munro, POD Service Manager at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “Please be assured that we are…

Local people helping to shape eye care

20 June 2022

The views and experiences of local people are being used to help shape the future of eye care services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Earlier this year, the NHS embarked on a programme of work to transform local eye care services.  The aim is to provide effective eye care services that are more joined up…

‘Get yourself checked’ say health bosses in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

14 June 2022

‘Get yourself checked’ is the message from GPs, Clinical Pharmacists and healthcare professionals across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin this Cervical Cancer Screening Awareness Week. To mark the week in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (Monday 20 to Friday 24 June 2022), patients and members of the public are being encouraged to schedule regular screening check-ups with…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) Celebrates Pride Month

9 June 2022

The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) are celebrating Pride this June. A global celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots that took place in June 1969 which inspired the historic gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights. The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are joining…

Health and Social Care Careers Event

7 June 2022

Wednesday 22 June 2022 9.30am – 6pm The West Stand, AFC Telford Utd, Watling Street, Wellington, TF1 2NJ The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) is hosting a Health and Social Care Careers Day on Wednesday 22 June in Wellington, to showcase the range of careers available within the sector. People from across…

NHS Doctor urges people eligible for a Spring Booster to come forward for theirs

31 May 2022

Dr Femi Ipadeola, a Medical Prescriber working within the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, has issued the relaying call, reminding people that “Covid has not gone away”. His plea comes amidst concern that people, who are eligible for their Spring Booster are choosing to wait until they are called in by their local…

It’s important to know where you can get medical help this Bank Holiday weekend.

31 May 2022

Your GP practice may be closed on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June, but a range of NHS services are still available depending on your medical need. Pharmacists are trained health professionals who can provide advice without an appointment and recommend over-the-counter treatments. They can help with issues such as colds, tummy troubles, hay fever,…

NHS urges people to lower their risk of Type 2 diabetes

23 May 2022

This week (23 – 29 May) is Diabetes Prevention Week and is a joint campaign from NHS England and Diabetes UK. The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are encouraging people across the county to know their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and act now. What is diabetes? Every two minutes someone finds out…

Do you know the healthcare professionals of the future?

19 May 2022

When: Thursday 19 May 4.30pm and Tuesday 24 May 4.30pm For: All young people aged 14-19 Where: Virtual event Organised by: ICS People Team  The Integrated Care System for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have partnered with Springpod to host live events for students aged 14-19. The aim is to inspire our young people to consider…

Local Ukrainian GP praises new NHS resources for refugees

18 May 2022

Specialised advice and guidance is now available online to support the health needs of Ukrainian refugees, as well as information for host families based in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Working in partnership to provide important and easy-to-access information, the NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, as well as the local councils and charity organisation Shropshire…

Pilot mental health project launched in Oswestry

18 May 2022

The Health Equalities Partnership (HEP) Programme, funded by NHSE/I, is a collaboration between , Shrosphire Telford and Wrekin CCG, Shropshire Mental Health Support (MHS), Designs in Mind, Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust and We are With You, and is designed to improve the wellbeing and mental health of Oswestry residents. Oswestry has the second largest population…

New nursing recruitment event launched to mark International Nurses Day

12 May 2022

As part of celebrations to mark this year’s International Nurses Day (Thursday 12 May), NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has announced the launch of a new careers event, showcasing the diverse range of roles available to aspiring healthcare professionals in the county. The careers event will take place on Wednesday 22 June at the Ramada…

Handwritten thanks, ward visits and special gifts to mark International Nurses Day

12 May 2022

An annual global celebration, International Nurses Day takes place today (12 May 2022) and is held to acknowledge and celebrate the commitment and bravery of those in the nursing profession around the world. The day commemorates the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and provides an opportunity to celebrate and thank all…

“Hardworking Heather” awarded Star of the Month

11 May 2022

“Hardworking” Heather Cotton, a Finance Assistant at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has been awarded this month’s Star of the Month. The Star of the Month Award was launched last year as a way of recognising the commitment and dedication of staff members who go over and above what is expected…

Discussions around mental health and wellbeing must continue, following successful community event

10 May 2022

Discussions around mental health and wellbeing must continue, following successful community event A regular and open dialogue around mental health and emotional wellbeing between the public and health teams must continue to be built upon, following a successful community engagement event.  That is the view of Simon Whitehouse, Chief Executive Designate of the Shropshire, Telford…

Stay sneeze-free this summer with our hay fever top tips

3 May 2022

Hay fever is a common condition also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis. It affects around 1 in 5 of us in the UK and can affect people between March and September. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen; the fine powder produced by trees, flowers and weeds. Symptoms include sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny…

Online resources launched to help Ukrainian refugees access medical care

3 May 2022

Specialised advice and guidance is now available online to support the health needs of Ukrainian refugees, as well as information for host families, in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Working in partnership to provide important and easy-to-access information, the NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, as well as the local councils, have created dedicated resources on…

People eligible for a Spring Booster urged to come forward and not wait

3 May 2022

Health leaders in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are urging those that are eligible for the spring booster to come forward and book an appointment. This call comes amidst concern that some people, particularly those aged 75 and over, who are eligible now for their next vaccination are choosing to wait until they are called in…

Support to talk about death and dying

29 April 2022

This Dying Matters Awareness Week, 2-6 May 2022, local organisations are working together with Shropshire Libraries to provide a safe space for people to talk about death, dying, and bereavement. Experts with specialist knowledge about preparing for the end of a life and dealing with death will be available in local libraries across Shropshire and…

Activities to enable healthier mind at special community event

28 April 2022

Activities and attractions ranging from pilates, poetry and crafts are just some of the offerings taking place to encourage people to support their emotional wellbeing at the upcoming Healthier Minds Festival. The Festival, which is taking place on Thursday 5 May between 10am and 5pm at Telford Cultural and Leisure Centre in Hadley, will be…

Where to go if you’re feeling unwell this Bank Holiday

27 April 2022

Just in case you need medical help this May Bank Holiday weekend, it’s important to know which service is best suited to your needs. Your GP practice may be closed on Monday 2 May, but a range of NHS services are still available depending on your medical need. Pharmacists are trained health professionals who can…

Updated guidelines for diabetes patients on glucose monitoring

27 April 2022

On Thursday 31 March 2022, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) updated the recommendations in their diabetes guidance in relation to glucose monitoring. This applies to patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group are aware of this updated guidance and patients should be…

Share your views on the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub

27 April 2022

  The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is calling on local communities to share their views on a brand-new, state-of-the-art health and wellbeing hub in Shrewsbury. The health and wellbeing hub would bring a new approach to providing local health and wellbeing services that work together to offer high-quality care for local communities. The…

Temporary closure of the children’s eye-care service

26 April 2022

A joint statement from the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group: “Due to staffing issues, the very difficult decision has been taken to temporarily close the Paediatric Ophthalmology service at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) to new patients until further notice. “The Paediatric Ophthalmology…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System stands down ‘system critical incident’ status

20 April 2022

  Speaking on behalf of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System, Patricia Davies, Chief Executive of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said: “Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System have stood down the ‘system critical incident’ status, meaning local health and care services are no longer facing pressure that directly threatens patient care. “Despite…

Jungle-themed vaccination clinic helps put children at ease

14 April 2022

Jungle-themed vaccination clinic helps put children at ease A Covid-19 vaccination clinic has been transformed into a mini jungle in order to put young children at ease when they come for their jab.  The Vaccination Centre at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry has had its own injection – of…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICS system critical incident remains in place.

14 April 2022

The incident is in relation to increasing numbers of patients with covid in our hospitals and extremely high levels of staff sickness across our health and care system along with high levels of service demand across the sector. There are three issues: We currently have 135 covid positive patients in hospital. This is causing significant…

New Dementia Vision to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers

12 April 2022

New Dementia Vision to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers The quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is set to be transformed thanks to a new, more personalised and joined-up service model being launched in the county.  The model aims…

Health and care services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin continue to face unprecedented pressure

12 April 2022

A range of health services will be available to patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin during the upcoming Easter Bank Holiday to ensure they get the most appropriate care for their needs. With unprecedented pressures across local NHS and social care services, the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin health and care system continues to ask the…

Green flag of approval for Shifnal and Priorslee Medical Centre

8 April 2022

The green flag of approval has been granted for Shifnal and Priorslee Medical Centre as final funding is secured for construction to commence. The project, which has been supported by NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will now enter the next exciting phase of development with ground work to begin on the…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin offers Covid-19 vaccine to children aged 5 to 11

8 April 2022

Parents and carers of five to 11-year olds in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin can now book a Covid-19 vaccine for their children.  With schools across the county breaking up for the Easter holidays next week, sites – including the Vaccination Centre at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry, Coral House…

Local health and care providers launch new inclusive online experience

6 April 2022

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin integrated Care System (ICS) partners have launched a new inclusive online tool to enable website visitors to access online content and services barrier-free. The ICS have signed up alongside Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust and Shropshire Partners in Care to the accessibility tool, Recite…

Encouraging healthier minds at special event aimed at people from diverse backgrounds living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

4 April 2022

Encouraging healthier minds at special event aimed at people from diverse backgrounds living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin People from a wide range of diverse backgrounds living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being invited to attend a special event to find out what services, community groups and activities are available to them locally to…

Eid al-Fitr: the Feast of Breaking the Fast approaches for Muslims

2 April 2022

The Rurality and Equalities Team at Shropshire Council spoke to Sohayb Peerbhai, Imam at the Craven Arms mosque, who explains all about Eid and what it means to him. The exact timing of Eid is based on the sighting of the moon. This year, Sohayb tells us that Ramadhan is expected to end on the evening…

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