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‘Know your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes’ say health leaders across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

17 May 2024

‘Know your risk of Type 2 Diabetes’ is the take home message from health leaders across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin this Diabetes Prevention Week, with a mobile testing van planned to hit the county’s streets. Running between Monday 20 and Sunday 26 May, Diabetes Prevention Week 2024 is a joint campaign between NHS England and…

Boost your mental health by moving more

13 May 2024

  Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health. The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, runs from 13-19 May 2024. The week aims to encourage people find moments for movement to help improve their mental health. One of the…

Relocation of some blood test services to help improve patient waiting times

13 May 2024

  Update from one of our partners: Some phlebotomy (blood test) services at Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford are being relocated to support and help improve waiting times for patients who need urgent care. The services, which are currently housed in the Mallings Health building, will be moved to the Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC)…

Pregnant women in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin urged to get the whooping cough vaccine

10 May 2024

  With cases of whooping cough increasing across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, pregnant women are being encouraged to come forward for a vaccination as babies who are too young to start their vaccinations are at greatest risk.    Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial infection of the lungs and breathing tubes. It spreads…

Local NHS hits national targets for elective care and cancer services

3 May 2024

NHS providers across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have overcome significant local challenges, relating to the post pandemic recovery, to successfully meet elective care and cancer targets set by NHS England (NHSE). These targets are set by NHSE to ensure that patients receive care in the best possible way to meet their needs. The local health…

Parents in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin urged to get lifesaving routine vaccines for their children

24 April 2024

This World Immunisation Week (24 to 30 April), health leaders in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are urging parents and carers to check their children are up to date with their essential childhood vaccinations, and book any that have been missed. Essential, routine vaccinations like measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), human papillomavirus (HPV) and the whooping…

Testicular cancer – be aware of the symptoms and how to check yourself

23 April 2024

  As part of Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, we’re reminding people of the signs and symptoms and how to carry out a self-check. Typical symptoms are a painless swelling or lump in one of the testicles, or any change in shape or texture of the testicles. The swelling or lump can be about the size…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin gains national recognition for SEND

23 April 2024

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (STW) gained well-deserved national recognition for its work within the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) arena at the first ever NHS England SEND Best Practice Conference held last month, on Tuesday 12 March. The national conference brought SEND leaders, children and young people, and parent carers together to celebrate teamwork…

Hospitals Transformation Programme continues with roadshow across communities

19 April 2024

  Following several exciting developments and milestones, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital (SaTH) NHS Trust has announced more roadshow dates as part of the Hospitals Transformation Programme (HTP). Subject to approval, the HTP plans will mean the population of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales will benefit from high quality, sustainable care and fewer…

NHS Booking System now open for Spring Covid-19 Vaccinations

17 April 2024

News from our partners at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. The NHS National Booking System is now open for spring Covid-19 vaccination bookings, with those eligible, able to book appointments from next week. Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust (ShropCom) are urging people at increased risk from severe illness, including those aged 75 or over (on…

Extra support being put in place by BeeU to more effectively meet the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people

15 April 2024

  Joint media release from Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Additional emotional wellbeing and mental health support is being put in place by an NHS service to more effectively meet the needs of children and young people in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Delivered by Midlands Partnership University NHS…

Hi tech rehab classes offer ‘good boost’ to people with joint and muscle pain

11 April 2024

  A fitter life with less joint pain and more mobility – that’s the prize on offer for people in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ahead of the launch of a new partnership between local health and care providers and wellbeing tech company Good Boost. The collaboration will see programme offered to help those with musculoskeletal…

Special celebrations planned for brand-new Highley Health and Wellbeing Centre’s grand unveiling

11 April 2024

After over 18 months of planning and three busy months of construction work, the brand-new Highley Health and Wellbeing Centre will officially open its doors at a grand opening ceremony on Saturday 20 April 2024, say health leaders at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Taking place at the Halo Severn Centre, the opening of the…

Faster diagnosis for patients as new service launched

27 March 2024

News from our partners at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. A new teledermatology service has been launched at the Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) in Telford, helping patients to have a faster diagnosis and treatment for skin cancer. The service, run by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, involves a qualified professional clinical…

‘Supporting people to become happier, healthier versions of themselves’: Social Prescribing in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

13 March 2024

Tomorrow (Thursday 14 March), the impact of social prescribers, community groups and the organisations that support their work, is being recognised as part of the national ‘Social Prescribing Day’, an annual celebration of the effect social prescribing can have on people’s health and wellbeing. Many things that affect our health can’t be fixed by a…

Patient Choice

12 March 2024

The NHS Constitution gives most people living in England the right to choose where to receive treatment. This also means you can choose the organisation that provides your NHS care when you’re referred for your first appointment with a consultant. So, if your GP recommends that you see a specialist, you can choose where and…

NHS communications team clinches prestigious UK award

8 March 2024

We are delighted to announce that NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (NHS STW) communications team has received a prestigious national award for the ‘Think Which Service’ campaign with judges describing their entry as “a standout submission delivering brilliant cost savings to the NHS.” The NHS Communicate Awards were hosted by NHS Confederation and NHS Providers…

Families continue to shape the future of SEND services in Shropshire

6 March 2024

  Partners from the NHS and Shropshire Council are working together, listening to the feedback from parent carers and their children and young people, to improve the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) support available in the local area. Last summer, parent carers were invited to complete a short survey, following a reinspection of SEND…

New Whitchurch GP practice progressing at a healthy pace say health bosses

1 March 2024

Progress continues at a healthy pace for the brand-new Clayton Health Centre, part of the huge regeneration of Pauls Moss in Whitchurch, with August 2024 set for the grand opening, say health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The state-of-the-art new Clayton Health Centre will see the existing GP practices located in the town…

Local NHS preparing for further strike action

22 February 2024

The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is urging people to be aware and prepared for the upcoming strike action, which will cause significant disruption to local services. Junior doctors will be taking strike action from 7am on Saturday 24 February to 11.59pm on Wednesday 28 February 2024. There will also be some disruption before…

Residents urged to ‘Think Pharmacy First’ as new improved service launches across the county

15 February 2024

Health chiefs at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are urging residents to ‘Think Pharmacy First’ to access appropriate treatment and advice for common illnesses, as a brand-new pharmacy service launches across the county. All community pharmacies across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have signed up to the Pharmacy First scheme which, where appropriate, will enable pharmacists to…

New referral system hits significant milestone

8 February 2024

A new system to improve the experience of people with eye conditions is already proving a great success as it hits a significant milestone. Since the Electronic Eye Referral System (EeRS) launched at the end of last year, two thirds of optometry practices across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have already referred over 1000 patients. EeRS…

The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has declared a system critical incident

31 January 2024

  Please help us to help those with the most urgent health needs, by choosing the care most appropriate for your needs. Please only call 999 or go to A&E in life threatening emergencies. We are seeing high levels of admissions and attendances at A&E at both The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal…

Full Planning Permission granted for new healthcare facilities at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

23 January 2024

News from our partner, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust   Plans to improve hospital care for all our communities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid-Wales have taken a significant step forward, with full planning permission granted for the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital development. This follows the welcome news of the formal approval of…

NHS searching for volunteers to help ensure local people are involved in service changes

23 January 2024

Do you have the skills and qualities to support the local NHS to ensure it properly involves local people in service changes? Do you have an awareness and understanding of the diverse communities of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin? NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is searching for volunteers to join a committee made up of members…

NHS launches new e-Learning to improve the lives of people living with sight loss

22 January 2024

A new e-Learning resource for staff working in health and care services has been launched in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to help improve the lives of people living with sight loss. The ‘Understanding and Supporting People Living with Sight Loss e-Learning’ is a collaboration between people with lived experience of sight loss, sight loss experts…

New Rehabilitation and Recovery Units help reduce health and care pressures across the county

18 January 2024

  Two Rehabilitation and Recovery Units have opened at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, adding additional bed capacity on each hospital site (Princess Royal Hospital, Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital) for people who no longer need to be in an acute hospital bed but can’t be supported safely at home. The care…

Long-awaited Shifnal and Priorslee Medical Practice set to open its doors to local community

17 January 2024

The long-awaited purpose-built Shifnal and Priorslee Medical Practice will officially open on Monday 22 January 2024, say primary care leaders at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. GPs and the extended healthcare team will formally open the doors to the building located on Haughton Road, Shifnal, and welcome the local community to the new, modern facility,…

Trust appoints Integrated Health Projects as its design and construction partner for its Hospitals Transformation Programme

16 January 2024

News from our partner, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust In another major milestone, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has appointed Integrated Health Projects (IHP) as its design and construction partner to progress the Hospitals Transformation Programme (HTP). Following a robust procurement process, the announcement of IHP – the Joint Venture…

Spades at the ready as construction work for the Highley Health and Wellbeing Centre begins

9 January 2024

Construction work for the brand-new Highley Health and Wellbeing Centre has officially begun, say health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. After listening to local people, plans to reconfigure an area of the Severn Centre to accommodate General Practice (GP) and other health and wellbeing services will begin this week with the retrofit expected…

Hospitals Transformation Programme takes next step forward towards securing investment to improve hospital services

4 January 2024

News from our partner, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Plans to deliver two thriving hospitals and improve care for our communities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and mid Wales have taken a step forward. The Outline Business Case (OBC) for the transformation of hospital services across The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust…

Progress Update for SEND in Shropshire

22 December 2023

According to a recent review, partners from across Health and the local authority in Shropshire are making progress against their commitment to improve support for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Following the six-month progress review of the Accelerated Progress Plan (APP), Department for Education (DfE) SEND and NHS England…

‘Significant pressure’ over festive period as further industrial action is planned

19 December 2023

The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is working hard to face ‘significant pressure and disruption’ this festive period with further strikes planned. Junior doctors who are members of the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) will be striking from 7am on Wednesday 20 December to 7am on Saturday…

NHS leader retires following a career in health spanning 40 years

15 December 2023

After 40 years of service to the NHS, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Alison Bussey, will be retiring from today, 15 December 2023. Alison has had a distinguished career as a Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Nursing and Executive Director of a number of organisations. She is a General Nurse and…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin residents asked to play their part in supporting health and care services this winter

15 December 2023

  People living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being urged to play their part in supporting health and care services this winter. The plea comes as health and social care services come under increasing pressure – with the situation expected to become ever more challenging over the festive period. In an open letter, bosses…

An open letter to Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin residents

15 December 2023

  Joint statement from NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire Council, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and West Midlands Ambulance Service. To the residents of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Winter is…

Telford holds Parent Carer Summit for children with SEND

14 December 2023

Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) leads from health and the local authority have come together in Telford with representatives from parent carer groups for a Parent Carer Summit. The summit, which took place on Tuesday 28 November at Meeting Point House in Telford, is part of an ongoing commitment from Telford & Wrekin Council…

Are repeat prescriptions on your Christmas list this festive season?

8 December 2023

With the festive season fast approaching, health and care experts at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are urging residents to enjoy the Christmas period in good health by making sure they have enough of the medications they need by ordering prescriptions early. Some pharmacies and GP practices will close over the Bank Holidays, so patients…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin signs Armed Forces Covenant

4 December 2023

On, Wednesday 28 November, NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin confirmed its commitment to the armed forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. Sir Neil Mckay, Chair, and Simon Whitehouse, Chief Executive, for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin signed the Armed Forces Covenant, alongside Colonel Clare Dutton for the Ministry of Defence, to demonstrate NHS…

New MRI scanner installed at Community Diagnostic Centre

4 December 2023

News from our partner, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust A new MRI scanner worth nearly £1.4 million has been lifted into place at the county’s first Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC). The state-of-the-art scanner arrived at Hollinswood House, Stafford Park, Telford on Sunday 3 December and will provide fast and detailed examinations for patients.…

Most vulnerable people in Shropshire urged to take up their offer of vaccination

28 November 2023

News from our partner, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust Vulnerable groups including pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions are being urged to protect themselves this winter by taking up their offer of their COVID-19 booster to give themselves full winter protection. The NHS’s winter flu and covid vaccination programme provides vital…

A&E departments in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are ‘under extreme pressure’ and health leaders urge local community to ‘think which service’

22 November 2023

Local health and care leaders are alerting residents that Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s A&E departments are under “extreme pressure” due to significant and sustained demand. People are being urged to ‘think which service’ and choose the right service for their needs to help reduce the pressure and make sure everyone can get the care they…

Plans to create a brand-new health and wellbeing centre in Highley take an important step forward

17 November 2023

Plans to create a brand-new health and wellbeing centre at the Severn Centre in Highley have taken an important step forward, say health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The development, which will see the Severn Centre reconfigured to accommodate Highley Medical Centre and additional health and care services, has received the green light…

Multi-talented NHS communications team scoops national award

16 November 2023

The communications and engagement team at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (NHS STW) has received national recognition at this year’s Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) UK awards. Held in London on Wednesday 15 November, NHS STW’s communications team won the Public Sector Value for Money Award and were highly commended for the In-House Public…

Local NHS get ‘Out and About’ this Winter, to urge people to “Think which Service”

16 November 2023

Local Integrated Care System community engagement teams are travelling the breadth of the county to promote the ‘Think which Service’ campaign which urges people to access services appropriately and opt for ‘convenient self-care’ where it is safe to do so, as hospitals and other services face massive pressure over the winter months. The ‘Think which…

Celebrity Doctor, Dr Hilary Jones, launches ‘Think Which Service’ podcast series during National Self-Care Week

15 November 2023

Dr Hilary Jones, known across the country as the resident doctor from ‘Good Morning Britain’, has teamed up with NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and health professionals working across the area to launch a brand-new four-part podcast series.  The series launched this Self-Care Week (13-19 November 2023), encourages people to make informed decisions about where…

‘Think Self-Care’ to keep well this winter, say healthcare leaders across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

10 November 2023

This Self-Care Week, healthcare leaders across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are empowering residents to “Think Self-Care” and to take charge of their health and wellbeing by making informed decisions as the dark nights and cold mornings set in.  Self-Care Week is a national annual event that raises awareness of what we can all do to…

Further Advancement of the General Practice (GP) Board as New Chair Appointed

30 October 2023

  Twelve months on from when local practices gave the GP Board its mandate to represent the voice of General Practice across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Dr Julian Povey has been formally appointed as the Board’s new Chair. The Local Medical Committee (LMC), supported by NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (NHS STW) leaders, appointed Dr…

‘Think Pharmacy’ this #AskYourPharmacist Week say health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

27 October 2023

With over 80 pharmacies across the county, NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is urging residents to ‘Think Pharmacy’ for expert advice for minor health concerns and for help with over-the counter medicines, as part of #AskYourPharmacist Week. #AskYourPharmacist Week 2023 is an annual national awareness-campaign led by the National Pharmacy Association and supported by NHS…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) response to Steve Barclay letter on EDI roles

20 October 2023

A message to all ICS staff from Alison Bussey, on behalf of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System: Dear colleagues, On behalf of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System, I want to reassure you of our continued commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. Fostering an environment across our respective organisations that…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin residents urged to ‘Think Which Service’ this winter

18 October 2023

Health and care leaders are calling on residents across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to help stretched A&E and GP surgeries this winter by re-thinking which service they opt for when unwell. Launched today (Wednesday 18 October), the Think Which Service campaign urges local people to ‘Think Self-Care’ and to consider using services such as their…

Local organisations join forces to tackle high blood pressure

13 October 2023

Local health and community organisations across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin are working together to deliver thousands of blood pressure checks in communities across the county. Teams of Blood Pressure Champions are working with lifestyle, health-check and outreach teams to connect with people in local areas to offer free blood pressure checks. By providing checks…

Health officials and community leaders urge Muslim community to get vaccinated to stay winter strong

12 October 2023

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) are calling on the Muslim community to come forward for their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations so they can stay well and get winter strong. Flu and COVID-19 vaccine uptake lagged behind the wider population in England last year in some Muslim communities. Health…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin release statement on Covid-19 testing

10 October 2023

  Vanessa Whatley, Deputy Chief Nurse for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has become aware of the recent all staff communication issued by Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. Like other areas across the country, we are seeing an increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in our communities. This risk…

Funding success for virtual care delivery

9 October 2023

Shropshire Council have been awarded almost £1.2m from the Government’s Adult Social Care Technology Fund to support the development and delivery of virtual care, using the latest technology to support social care services for adults in the county. Shropshire Council, in partnership with domiciliary care providers, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICB, My Home Life England…

Health and wellbeing organisations join forces to strengthen integrated working with the voluntary and community sector

6 October 2023

  Over 100 attendees from nearly 50 organisations in the voluntary and community sector came together this week in a bid to further strengthen working relationships on health and wellbeing. The ‘Working with the VCSE Sector: The Key to Health and Care in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’ conference was supported by funding from Shropshire Council…

Community Diagnostic Centre opens delivering improved access to tests and scans

3 October 2023

  News from our partner, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) A new Community Diagnostic Centre has opened its doors improving access to non-urgent scans and tests for patients across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. The new facility, which is located at Hollinswood House in Stafford Park 1, Telford, opened its first services…

Further strike action will impact on local NHS services – community asked to continue to ‘think which service’

29 September 2023

  From Monday, 2 October at 7am both Junior Doctors and Consultants will be taking strike action, ending on 7am Thursday 5 October, so it is vital that the public continue to use services wisely. Dr Nick White, Chief Medical Officer for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “The NHS faces coordinated industrial action next week stretching…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin release statement regarding system mortality report

26 September 2023

Simon Whitehouse, Chief Executive at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “I would like to apologise for the distress caused by the language that was used in the latest Integrated Care Board meeting papers regarding childhood mortality rates. We fully appreciate that every single infant death is a tragedy, therefore the language used within the…

NHS-led event shines an important spotlight on equality, diversity, and inclusion in the county

21 September 2023

“Would you have the courage to speak up?” was one of the key questions posed at an NHS system-wide staff cultural event led by equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) leads at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The event, which was held at AFC Telford on Thursday 21 September, was a celebration of cultural diversity in…

Local NHS and Councils encourage residents to keep active

20 September 2023

Local health and social care organisations are gearing up for a day of active celebration to mark National Fitness Day, on Wednesday 20 September. Run annually by ukactive, the event encourages individuals of all ages and fitness levels to keep active and promote their physical and mental health through physical activity.  To support the event,…

Collaborating for people with sight loss

18 September 2023

This week marks National Eye Health Week, 18 to 24 September 2023, and Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is getting ready to launch a brand new learning resource for staff working in health and care services to help improve the lives of people living with sight loss.  The ‘Understanding and Supporting People Living with Sight Loss…

Health leaders plea to the local community to ‘think which service’ due to extreme pressure

12 September 2023

  Health and care services across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are under extreme pressure. Local health and care leaders are urging people to ‘think which service’ and choose the right service for their needs to help reduce the pressure and make sure everyone can get the care they need as quickly as possible. We are…

Junior Doctor and Consultant Industrial Action Update

8 September 2023

The British Medical Association (BMA) is taking strike action involving consultants and junior doctors at a number of NHS trusts, including the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, as follows: In September, for the first-time consultants and junior doctors will be taking…

Expert asthma advice top of the agenda for awareness week

7 September 2023

With approximately 8,500 children and young people using inhalers across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, expert asthma advice will be top of the agenda as local health leaders gear up for another #AskAboutAsthma awareness week. Now in its seventh year, the week-long campaign aims to actively encourage small changes in the management of asthma that can…

NHS flu and COVID vaccine programmes brought forward due to risk of new variant

31 August 2023

Millions of eligible people will now be offered a COVID vaccine from 11 September, in line with the latest expert guidance on the new COVID variant. This change follows an announcement by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) on the risks presented by the new BA.2.86…

Community pharmacies across the county now offering oral contraception

30 August 2023

Community pharmacies across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are now offering oral contraception, previously prescribed by a GP, to local people. The new service is available in 26 community pharmacies in the county and is part of a new initiative to improve access, manage demand, and allow our highly skilled pharmacists to do more. Patients who…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin warns of ‘significant disruption’ as consultant strike ahead of the bank holiday

23 August 2023

As we head into the August bank holiday, the NHS is bracing itself for further disruption and asking the public to plan ahead as consultants, who are the most senior clinicians, plan for a second round of industrial action. Consultant doctors who are members of the British Medical Association (BMA) are set to take industrial…

National campaign launched on the changing role of General Practice (GP) professionals

17 August 2023

Patients and members of the public will now be able to read about the changing role of professionals in GP practices across the UK within the national press. GP practices have changed and there are now more health experts available to help you. Your GP practice has been joined by additional highly trained and qualified…

New sub-acute and rehabilitation wards for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

15 August 2023

  Following the announcement from the Department of Health and Social Care: £250 million to boost NHS capacity with 900 new beds – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have released the following statement: Dr Nick White, Chief Medical Officer for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “We are delighted to announce that we…

Work Continues to Improve People’s Experiences of Outpatient Services

15 August 2023

As part of the local Outpatients Programme, new initiatives are being put in place to improve people’s experiences of services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The focus of the Outpatients Programme is on planned care happening in a hospital or clinic where people do not need to stay overnight. Mr Andrew Elves, Clinical Lead for…

Important Industrial Action Update from The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals

14 August 2023

Parents and carers of children who require medical help during industrial action by junior doctors are being advised to contact NHS 111 online or NHS 111 by phone first. Please also consider attending Minor Injury Units in Bridgnorth, Oswestry, Ludlow and Bridgnorth, which are not impacted by the strike action taking place until 7am on Tuesday…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin residents are being urged to ‘Think which service’ during the next round of strike action

10 August 2023

NHS health officials in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are preparing for the next round of industrial action as the public are urged to “think which service.” Junior doctors who are members of the British Medical Association (BMA) are set to take industrial action for four days from 7am on Friday, 11 August until 7am on…

Midlands soon to get Digital Boost for Eye Care Referrals

25 July 2023

Exciting changes to eye care referrals in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin will be rolled out later this year. The new Electronic Eye Referral Service (EeRS) is coming to the Midlands, as part of an NHS-led regional implementation programme. EeRS is a digital platform that allows optometrists to refer patients directly to secondary care for eye…

Local NHS braces for severe disruption due to first consultant strikes in a decade

19 July 2023

The NHS is bracing itself for one of the toughest strikes in its history beginning on Thursday morning, say health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Consultant doctors and hospital-based dentists will be taking strike action from 8am on Thursday until 8am on Saturday, with consultants only providing staffing levels to cover emergency care.…

From “ray of sunshine” to Star of the Month

13 July 2023

At this week’s NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s Staff Huddle, Simon Whitehouse, CEO, awarded July’s Star of the Month to a hugely valued team member, Naomi Martin. Naomi, Senior Communications and Engagement Administrator, received nominations from her team, endorsed by Edna Boampong, Director of Communications and Engagement. Naomi’s colleagues in the Communications and Engagement Team…

More blood glucose monitoring devices now available to patients on prescription

12 July 2023

More blood glucose monitoring devices are now available on prescription for people with diabetes, say health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Patients with Type 1 diabetes (and some with Type 2 diabetes) will be able to manage their condition more effectively via a Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) device, as recommended by the National…

Residents in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin urged to use health and care services wisely ahead of planned industrial action

11 July 2023

Health care leaders across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin say they expect significant disruption for patients during the latest round of strike action and are urging people to think wisely, use NHS 111 online (if they are unsure on where to go), and only attend an Emergency Department if it’s absolutely necessary to ensure that care…

NHS leaders go ‘Back to the Floor’ to celebrate NHS 75th anniversary

5 July 2023

Healthcare senior leaders across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin will be donning their uniforms and going ‘back to the floor’, carrying out their original NHS roles for the day, to mark the NHS 75th anniversary. During the anniversary week (w/c 3 July), executives and directors from Shropshire Community Health Trust (ShropCom) and NHS Shropshire, Telford and…

Plans for Hospitals Transformation Programme on track for next milestone

4 July 2023

  News from our partner, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) As part of its exciting plans for improving care for everyone, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is moving forward with its Outline Business Case (OBC) for the Hospitals Transformation Programme (HTP). On track to be submitted this summer 2023, the…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Board Meeting – 28 June 2023

3 July 2023

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care Board on Wednesday 28 June was opened by Chair, Sir Neil Mckay, who welcomed everyone to the meeting and noted there was full agenda to get through. He acknowledged the ongoing industrial action we are continuing to experience, with the impending five-day Junior Doctor strike and noted how…

Local staff join special service at Westminster Abbey for NHS 75

3 July 2023

NHS representatives from Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin will be travelling to London this week to join the NHS 75th anniversary special service being held at Westminster Abbey. The prestigious ceremony takes place between 11am and 12noon on Wednesday 5 July and will be attended by colleagues and volunteers from all parts of the NHS across…

Report highlights positive impact of Telford SEND services

3 July 2023

The ‘passion and determination’ of local organisations is leading to positive outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Telford and Wrekin, according to an Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report. The inspection report goes on to highlight that children and young people with SEND are visible,…

Draft Healthier Weight Strategy for Shropshire – residents and stakeholders urged to give their views

30 June 2023

At the Shropshire Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB) held on 15th June 2023, members supported the launch of a consultation on Shropshire’s draft Healthier Weight strategy. Two-thirds of adults are an unhealthy weight in Shropshire, as well as almost one-third of 10-11 year olds. The draft strategy has been written following a survey that launched…

Construction of £24 million planned care hub at Princess Royal Hospital is progressing well

30 June 2023

Construction is well underway for a new £24 million planned care hub, which will provide more theatres and recovery areas as part of plans to transform patient care at Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford. The new hub will provide day case surgery for patients across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and mid Wales, supporting communities…

Ambulance hub in operation at county acute hospital

27 June 2023

A freestanding ambulance hub is in operation at Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford to provide a better experience for patients. The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs PRH, secured £1.2 million to create the ambulance hub. This freestanding building adjacent to the Emergency Department opened in April 2023, providing eight spaces,…

Charity supporting people with health and social care needs celebrates Learning Disability Week

23 June 2023

Taking Part, an independent charity for people with health and social care needs in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, is celebrating this year’s Learning Disability Week, 19 to 26 June, by thanking all their experts by experience volunteers for their hard work and commitment.  Michael Ratcliffe, a leader representative at Taking Part, said: “We are celebrating…

More people with learning disabilities are getting their annual health checks 

21 June 2023

GP practices in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have exceeded national targets for the Learning Disability Annual Health Check (LDAHC).   The NHS Long Term Plan1 commits to improve uptake of the annual health check in primary care for people aged over 14 years old with a learning disability, so that at least 75% of those eligible…

How you make a complaint about primary care services is changing on 1 July 2023

21 June 2023

From 1 July 2023 the way members of the public make a complaint about primary care services is changing.   By primary care services we mean GPs, dentists, opticians or pharmacy services.  There are two ways you can make a complaint:     You can complain to the healthcare provider: this is the organisation where you received the…

Services for adults and children and young people with high support needs

19 June 2023

This week marks Learning Disability Week, 19 – 25 June. This video tells the story of Luke, a young man with learning disabilities and complex care needs. It describes his family’s experience and the impact of the Shropshire Intensive Support Team (IST). To watch Luke’s story, click here. Read on to learn more about some…

People across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin urged to use NHS services wisely

16 June 2023

Health leaders across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are urging people to use services wisely to ensure critical NHS services are available for those most in need. The industrial strike action by the British Medical Association, which means junior doctors are striking until 7am on Saturday 17 June, coupled with the hot weather has meant there…

Children, young people and families urged to be aware of ketamine risks

16 June 2023

Families and teachers are being encouraged to start supportive conversations with young people following a rapid increase in those admitted to hospital after using class B drug, ketamine. The recent surge coincides with a spell of hot weather and the end of exam season for many young people, with gatherings and celebrations thought to have…

NHS gears up to boost diagnostic testing

16 June 2023

Work on Shropshire’s first Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) is close to completion, ready to open for patients later this year. The new facility, located in Telford, will boost diagnostic capacity across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and provide quicker and more convenient access to important tests for conditions such as cancer, heart and lung disease. Karla Jennings-Preece, Project…

Double win for June’s Star of the Month

15 June 2023

At the NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s Staff Huddle, Simon Whitehouse, CEO, awarded June’s Star of the Month to Charlotte Jones and Paul Greaves.   The Star of the Month Award recognises the commitment and dedication of staff members who go above and beyond what is expected of them to make a difference to patients, the…

Final Few Weeks for Spring Booster with More Than Half Protected

15 June 2023

The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is encouraging people to come forward for their spring booster ahead of the seasonal campaign which comes to a close at the end of June. Friday 30 June is the final opportunity for those yet to have their first or second covid vaccine dose to come forward.   To…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin information and advice about Junior Doctors’ 72-hour industrial action: 14-17 June

12 June 2023

The next planned industrial action is from the junior doctors with strike action planned for 72 hours between 7am on Wednesday 14 June until 7am on Saturday 17 June. This is after members of the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) voted in favour of the strike. It will…

Latest Update on the Industrial Action planned for June

9 June 2023

The NHS and local councils in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are working hard to keep people safe during the planned strikes, while delivering the best care possible. The next planned industrial action is from West Midlands Ambulance Service on Monday 12 June, between 6am – 12noon and 6pm – 12 midnight, as well as junior…

Beat the heat and stay safe this weekend as temperatures set to soar

9 June 2023

With an amber weather alert announced and temperatures set to become ‘very warm’ to ‘hot’ between Saturday and Monday across the Midlands, we’re urging everyone across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to beat the heat and stay safe this weekend. Hot weather can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, lung problems and other diseases. Older…

NHS Big Health and Wellbeing Conversation Survey Now Live

25 May 2023

The Big Health and Wellbeing Conversation survey is now live. People from every corner of Shropshire are being invited to join a conversation about the future of health and care. NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is asking anyone who lives, works or accesses health and care services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to give their…

Local NHS teams up with TV Personality, Dr Ranj Singh, to launch a new mental health awareness podcast

19 May 2023

This week, 15 to 21 May 2023, is Mental Health Awareness Week, to mark the occasion, Dr Ranj Singh, NHS doctor and national TV personality, has teamed up with healthcare professionals at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to record a new ‘Think which service?’ podcast to talk about mental health, how it affects our daily…

Jeremy’s ‘heart, soul and passion’ for work in cancer care wins him Star of the Month

18 May 2023

At the NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s Staff Huddle, Simon Whitehouse, Chief Executive Officer, awarded May’s Star of the Month  to Jeremy Roberts, Macmillan Community Care Project Manager. The Star of the Month Award recognises the commitment and dedication of staff members who go above and beyond what is expected of them to make a…

Macmillan Funded Project Leaves a Lasting Legacy for People Living with Cancer

18 May 2023

Patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin will continue to experience better cancer support thanks to the learnings from a Macmillan funded pilot. The 20-month project was launched in late 2021 and started in pilot GP practices from January 2022. It involved Community Care Coordinators working closely with GP surgeries across the county to improve Cancer…

Important update on the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub 

15 May 2023

As some of you may be aware from recent media reports, in January 2023 the national NHS (known as NHS England) issued a letter to NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin concerning the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub.    The letter instructed that the Cavell Centre Programme, and its six pilot programmes, should be paused pending approval…

NHS donates children’s book to promote diversity of nursing and inspire new generations

11 May 2023

A book written by a nurse and her granddaughter is being donated to libraries across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ahead of International Nurses Day on 12 May. ‘Ella’s Grandpa goes Hippity Hop!’ aims to reflect the diverse and varied roles that make up nursing teams in today’s hospitals. The book is being distributed as part…

“Come to us for UTIs, skin infections and conjunctivitis” say local pharmacists.

9 May 2023

Pharmacies across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are now offering a range of extended services to help people gain access to medical advice and treatment at a place more convenient to them. The new Community Pharmacy Extended Care Service allows people to visit a local pharmacy instead of their GP practice for a range of minor…

NHS 111 now first port of call for emergency repeat medication

4 May 2023

NHS 111 is now the first port of call for emergency repeat medication, say health leaders in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. From April 2023, patients who are in immediate need or require emergency repeat medications will need to visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111. This may include running out of medication, losing or damaging medicines, or…

Dementia Action Week 2023: What’s happening across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

2 May 2023

Dementia Action Week takes place between 15 – 23 May 2023 and is an awareness raising campaign where individuals and organisations across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are encouraged to ‘act on dementia’. There are a number of events taking place across the county to mark Dementia Action Week and raise awareness of dementia within the area.…

Information and advice about industrial action planned for 30 April to 1 May

27 April 2023

  The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have voted to take industrial action at various NHS employers across the country, including Robert Jones & Agnus Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) and Shropshire Community NHS Health Trust (ShropCom). The full list of employers can be found on the RCN website. The next round of industrial action will…

Chief Nurse urges people to order their repeat prescriptions ahead of the upcoming May Bank Holidays

20 April 2023

People across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being encouraged to get ready for the upcoming May Bank Holidays by planning repeat prescriptions and knowing where to go if they need help. Every bank holiday, NHS 111 sees an increase in people contacting the service having run out of essential medication and needing an urgent repeat…

Spring Booster Campaign launched across Shropshire

18 April 2023

The NHS kicked off the latest phase of its world renowned covid vaccination programme last week with a spring campaign to protect the most vulnerable. In Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, around 70,000 people will be eligible for a spring covid jab, including aged 75 and over, those with a weakened immune system and residents in…

Do you know about the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service?

17 April 2023

Our GP practices work closely with local pharmacists to support you with certain minor health conditions. It may be more appropriate to have your NHS consultation with a pharmacist instead of at the GP practice. You can choose to have your consultation with any pharmacy convenient to you, where you will have a confidential pre-booked…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Appoints New Chief People Officer

11 April 2023

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has appointed Alex Brett as the new Chief People Officer for the Integrated Care System (ICS). Alex joins the organisation alongside her existing role as Chief People Officer at Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (MPUFT). She started her career originally as a nurse, was Professional Lead for District Nursing…

TV personality, Dr Ranj Singh, teams up with local NHS, urging residents to ‘Think Which Service’

5 April 2023

Dr Ranj Singh, NHS doctor and national TV personality, has teamed up with healthcare professionals at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to encourage local people to ‘Think Which Service’ before deciding which local health service is right for their medical need. Through a brand-new four-part podcast series, launched this week, Dr Singh – famous for…

The Duchess of Edinburgh officially opens UK’s first dedicated veterans’ orthopaedic centre

5 April 2023

The UK’s first dedicated Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre at Shropshire’s specialist orthopaedic hospital has officially been opened by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh. The Duchess was at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital for an official visit, that saw her unveil a plaque marking the official opening of the pioneering Headley Court…

Industrial action update

4 April 2023

The NHS and Local Authorities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are working hard to keep people safe during the planned strikes, while delivering the best care possible.  The next planned industrial action is from junior doctors with strike action planned at a number of NHS trusts from 7am on Tuesday 11 April to 7am on…

The Hewitt Review: an independent review of integrated care systems published

4 April 2023

  An independent review of integrated care systems, announced by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement and chaired by The Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, has concluded, and published its final report. The review set out to consider the oversight and governance of integrated care systems (ICSs). Each ICS has an integrated care board (ICB), a statutory…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Healthier Together – a new website for families launches

3 April 2023

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System has launched a new website that provides consistent, accurate and trustworthy healthcare advice to parents, carers of children, young people and professionals. Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Healthier Together is a free website developed by healthcare professionals to help parents and carers keep their children safe and healthy.  The…

Brand-new online prescription service launched

30 March 2023

A brand-new online prescription ordering service has been launched for the county improving access for patients, say NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. In addition to the current phone service provided by the Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) team, an online prescription ordering form is now available so patients can place orders quickly and easily online. Patients…

NHS issues hay fever guidance to help cut unnecessary prescription costs

27 March 2023

Health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have issued guidance to people who experience hay fever symptoms, along with information on where to find help and cut prescription costs. This spring, residents across the county are being encouraged to visit their local pharmacy for advice and treatment as it is not usually necessary to…

Bridgnorth Medical Practice announced as new GP service provider for Highley

23 March 2023

Bridgnorth Medical Practice has been announced as the new General Practice (GP) service provider for the parish of Highley, say health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Patients will gain access to more healthcare services in Highley, as well as additional services based in Bridgnorth, as a result of this development. Access to GPs…

Stay sneeze-free this spring and summer with our top tips for hay fever symptoms

23 March 2023

When the sun comes out, trees grow new leaves and flowers start to bloom. However, many of us start to experience hay fever. 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…

Aaran goes above and beyond as Star of the Month

23 March 2023

Aaran West, Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) supervisor, has been awarded this month’s Star of the Month by our Chief Executive Simon Whitehouse. Aaran was nominated by Phoebie Taylor and Milly Anderton. Phoebie said: “As a supervisor for the team he not only does jobs that fall within this remit he also undertakes other roles such…

80 years of service honoured as new GP practice name revealed

20 March 2023

To honour 80 years of service across three generations, the new GP practice for Whitchurch will be known as the ’Clayton Health Centre’, say bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Named after the Clayton family, who have practised medicine in Whitchurch for over 80 years, the Clayton Health Centre will be housed within the…

“Think which service” during the upcoming industrial action

10 March 2023

  The Chief Medical Officer at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has urged people to attend their appointment if they have one booked during the coming days of industrial action and to ‘think which service’ before action when deciding on which service is right for their healthcare needs. The British Medical Association (BMA), the Hospital Consultants…

Industrial action update

10 March 2023

The NHS and Local Authorities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are working hard to keep people safe during the planned strikes, while delivering the best care possible.  The next planned industrial action is from junior doctors, with strike action planned at a number of NHS trusts on Monday 13 March, Tuesday 14 March, and Wednesday…

Call for children and young people, parents/carers and practitioners to complete SEND inspection surveys

8 March 2023

The Telford and Wrekin area is about to undergo a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Inspection by Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC). Ofsted and CQC jointly inspect local area partnerships to see how well they work together to improve the experiences and outcomes of children and young people with SEND. These inspections are important…

GP services at Highley Medical Centre continued until June 2023

6 March 2023

Access to GP services at Highley Medical Centre will continue until the end of June 2023, health leaders from NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have confirmed. Health services at Highley Medical Centre will continue for a further three months and will maintain the same provision as previously offered, whilst a procurement exercise is carried out…

Do you know about neurodiversity? Watch our new video series to learn more

6 March 2023

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) is excited to release a new neurodiversity awareness video series this month (March 2023). These videos have been produced to help us all understand the basics of neurodiversity issues and build genuine and empathetic relationships with neurodivergent people. Neurodiversity describes the differences in how all our brains…

Seeing double with two Stars of the Month

23 February 2023

During the NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (NHS STW) all staff development event, held on Tuesday 14 February 2023, colleagues were seeing double when two stars of the month were announced by Simon Whitehouse, Chief Executive. Charmaine Whitehouse, Primary Care Team Administrator, and Rachael Jones, Senior Communications and Engagement Manager, were chosen from many nominations…

“The hub is our opportunity, and we can’t risk losing it”

20 February 2023

Dr Matthew Fallon, GP Partner at Claremont Bank Surgery, Shrewsbury writes: Across our county, all GP practices are under extreme pressure because of increasing demand, workforce problems and estates issues. This is a national problem not just a local one, but that doesn’t make things any better. Since the pandemic, healthcare professionals including GPs have…

Parents encouraged to check children are fully protected from serious illness

17 February 2023

NHS leaders in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are encouraging parents across the county to check their children are fully up to date with routine immunisations this February Half Term. Recent data suggests that one in ten children in England are not up to date with their vaccinations, which is a worrying statistic. The local NHS…

National industrial action update

16 February 2023

  The NHS and Local Authorities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are working hard to keep people safe during the planned strikes, while delivering the best care possible.  The ambulance services’ next planned industrial action is on Friday 17 February, Monday 6 March and Monday 20 March while nurses’ strikes are planned for Wednesday 1…

Advice offered to reduce the stress of weaning

16 February 2023

“Weaning needn’t be a stressful time for parents, as there’s lots of support available” is part of the reassuring message being shared by Health Visitors across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Local healthcare professionals are offering advice to parents on introducing solid food to their baby’s diet. A national NHS campaign has re-launched this week to…

Local NHS gets ready to ramp up lifesaving tests

13 February 2023

Shropshire patients will soon benefit from quicker access to tests, checks and scans when a brand-new community diagnostic centre opens in Telford later this summer. The government has approved the community diagnostic centre (CDC), one of four in the Midlands region, providing tests and treatments away from the acute hospitals. Led by Shropshire, Telford and…

Have your say on local health and care services – join the Big Health and Wellbeing Conversation

13 February 2023

Healthcare leaders at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are encouraging people across the county to join the Big Health and Wellbeing Conversation. Residents are invited to have their say to help improve local health and care services, and to get involved by attending upcoming public meetings. The Big Health and Wellbeing Conversation aims to understand…

Hospitals Transformation Programme – Latest News

10 February 2023

Can you help us improve hospital services? Following a formal public consultation, we are now developing and moving forward with plans to improve our hospital services through the Hospitals Transformation Programme (HTP). We want you, our local communities and patients, to have the opportunity to get involved and give your views and feedback to help…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICS welcomes Dr Masood Ahmed as new Deputy Chief Medical Officer

8 February 2023

Dr Masood Ahmed will be joining NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin as the System Chief Clinical Information Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officer this month. He will lead the digital clinical strategy and collaboration with clinical leaders across the county. Dr Ahmed is a respected and accomplished NHS leader with a strong focus on innovation,…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Falls Emergency Service Pilot Project

7 February 2023

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council have been working together to develop a pilot programme to support people across the county who are at risk of falls or have fallen and need a response service. Every month around 850 people who have fallen are conveyed to hospital by ambulance,…

Dementia Link Workers link-up across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

7 February 2023

As part of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Dementia Vision, Dementia Link Workers, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society, have been introduced across the county and are now working alongside Admiral Nurses and the Dementia Assessment and Support Service to assist people living with dementia, to stay connected with their communities. To achieve this, they help…

Ofsted and CQC publish Shropshire SEND report

6 February 2023

An Ofsted and CQC revisit to special education needs and disabilities (SEND) services in Shropshire has found sufficient progress has been made, in three out of six areas of significant weakness. The revisit, which took place in November 2022, followed an initial inspection in 2020 of SEND services provided by Shropshire Council, NHS Shropshire, Telford…

National industrial action update

2 February 2023

  The NHS and Local Authorities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are working hard to keep people safe during the planned strikes, while delivering the best care possible.  The ambulance services’ next planned industrial action is on Monday 6 February and Monday 20 February, while nurses’ strikes are planned for Monday 6 February and Tuesday…

New video series launched to increase awareness of LGBTQIA+

1 February 2023

To provide an informative and empathetic insight into the lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ people working within our system, the Integrated Care System (ICS) is delighted to launch a series of awareness-raising videos to celebrate LGBT+ History Month. (For those not familiar, LGBTQIA+ is used to signify Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and others…

Think which service? New NHS campaign helps people to get quicker urgent care

1 February 2023

People in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being encouraged to ‘Think which service?’ before acting when deciding on which local service is right for their healthcare needs, as part of a new local NHS campaign launched today (1 February 2023). The campaign aims to help people get quicker urgent care in the most appropriate place…

Last chance for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin residents to get their Covid-19 booster jab

1 February 2023

Eligible Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin residents yet to receive their Covid-19 booster have less than two weeks left to get the jab, with boosters being available until Sunday, 12 February 2023. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now advised that, thanks to the success of the programme, the offer of a seasonal booster dose…

Local doctors give advice to parents on common respiratory illnesses

26 January 2023

Local doctors are today offering advice to parents, amidst an increase in common respiratory illnesses in children this winter. Illnesses on the rise this winter include coughs, colds, flu, covid and bronchiolitis. Children under 2 or those with existing medical conditions are at a particular risk of severe infections from common seasonal illnesses. Parents are…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin supports charity to help make cervical cancer a thing of the past

24 January 2023

To mark Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (23 -29 January), NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are encouraging women and people with a cervix to check they know what symptoms to look for, and to make sure they have had their regular screening test. National charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is leading the call to work towards…

Ambulance Industrial Action – Monday 23 January 2023

20 January 2023

  Industrial action is planned to take place at West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) on Monday 23 January 2023, from 00.01 hours to 23.59 hours: Find out more on the WMAS website  NHS ambulance services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are working hard to keep people safe during the planned strikes, while delivering the best…

Targeted engagement activity for the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub launched

18 January 2023

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are carrying out targeted engagement with Shrewsbury residents to hear their views on the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub proposal. The Hub would provide a wide range of health and wellbeing services provided by the NHS, local council, voluntary and community organisations, all under one roof. This engagement activity runs…

A&E self-service kiosks launched in pilot scheme at county hospital

17 January 2023

  Self-service kiosks have been launched in a pilot scheme at one of the county’s acute hospitals’ Accident and Emergency departments to ensure that patients are directed to the most appropriate place for their care. The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has introduced the urgent care self-service tool, also known as the streaming…

Local GP offers advice to beat norovirus this winter

16 January 2023

GPs across Shropshire are advising residents on how to prevent the spread of norovirus this winter. Norovirus, commonly known as the winter vomiting bug, is highly infectious and causes vomiting and diarrhoea, but usually passes in a couple of days. It is easily transmitted through contact with infected individuals or contaminated surfaces. Local GP Dr…

Support available to help make Blue Monday brighter

16 January 2023

Blue Monday is on 16 January 2023 and is known for being the day when people feel most down during the year. Although feelings aren’t dictated by a date, January can be a hard month and cold weather, Christmas bills and shorter days can have an impact on your mental health.  It’s important that those…

Barrie and Caroline shine brightly over the winter months as Stars of the Month

12 January 2023

Caroline Salisbury and Barrie Reis-Seymour have been awarded the Star of the Month for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (NHS STW) for December 2022 and January 2023. Caroline was nominated by Frances Sutherland and Laura Clare. Laura said: “she is a true example of how finance business partnering can really work and benefit the whole…

Industrial Action Update

12 January 2023

  The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that strike action will be taking place on Wednesday 18 January and Thursday 19 January. This action will be taking place only at employers where the threshold was met as part of the RCN ballot. Employers who met the threshold in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin include:…

Health leaders urge pregnant women and children aged two and three to get their vaccines as flu cases rise

11 January 2023

Health and care leaders across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are urging pregnant women and children aged two and three to come forward and get their flu vaccine to help protect themselves and the NHS, as flu cases rise. Data published by NHS England on 6 January 2023, shows that flu infection and hospital admission rates…

Ambulance Industrial Action – Wednesday 11 January 2023

9 January 2023

  NHS ambulance services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are working hard to keep people safe during the planned strikes, while delivering the best care possible. On days where there is strike action, people should only call 999 if it is a medical or mental health emergency (when someone is seriously ill or injured and…

Smokers urged “it’s never too late to quit”

9 January 2023

Healthcare leaders at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are encouraging people across the county to quit smoking this New Year. Smoking remains the single biggest behavioural cause of preventable illness and death in the UK. Around 50,000 adults in Shropshire smoke, and between 2019-2020 there were 3,443 smoking-related hospital admissions. Dr Nick White, Chief Medical…

All the little things you do together can help your children learn

3 January 2023

A child’s development begins the moment they are born. As a parent, the simple activities you do at home, or out and about, prepare them well for school. And it’s not just the kids who will enjoy it, you’ll see the benefit too. The Start for Life campaign provides lots of ideas that can help…

New Year, New goals – New Year’s resolutions to improve your health and wellbeing

1 January 2023

A blog by Alison Bussey, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS Shropshire Telford and Wrekin  The New Year is a perfect time to focus on your health and wellbeing. Getting more active, eating better, drinking less, connecting with others and getting enough quality sleep are a few ways through which we can lead a long, healthy and…

‘Help us help you’ as health services face extreme pressure over the new year period

30 December 2022

  Health and care services are under extreme pressure this new year period, say health and care leaders across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Pressures experienced across the system include demand for urgent and emergency care, rising flu and covid numbers, as well as ongoing challenges with workforce sickness. However, the public can help to ease…

Have your say to improve support for people to remain independent

28 December 2022

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council are reviewing two of our community services that support people to regain and maintain their independence. Community Equipment Loan Services – these services are provided by health and social care through assessment for equipment, such as beds, bath lifts, stand aids and toilet…

Mental health cafés available for those in need this Christmas

22 December 2022

This festive season NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire Mental Health Support and Telford Mind want to remind residents that they aren’t alone, and anyone experiencing a mental health crisis can get help over the Christmas period and throughout the cost-of-living crisis. ‘Calmer Cafes’ or ‘Calm Cafes’ run by mental health support workers offer a…

Health and care leaders ask the public to ‘help us help you’ as services face extreme pressure

21 December 2022

Health and Care services across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are under extreme pressure. Health and care leaders are urging people to do their bit to help support services by choosing the best service for their needs if they are ill or injured over the busy festive period. Rising Covid-19 numbers, high demand for services and…

Ambulance Industrial Action – Wednesday 21 December 2022

19 December 2022

  Update accurate on 19/12/22 NHS ambulance services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are working hard to keep people safe during the planned strikes, while delivering the best care possible. On days where there is strike action, people should only call 999 if it is a medical or mental health emergency (when someone is seriously…

Urgent and Emergency Care winter pressures research launched

19 December 2022

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin wants to support people to access the right services and understand how to make the right choice.  A survey has been launched to help the NHS gain a better understanding of public awareness of the range of urgent and emergency services available to them, and how they choose to access…

Carers, including unpaid carers, encouraged to get COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine

14 December 2022

The COVID-19 Booster and Flu vaccine programmes are now well underway and carers, including those that are unpaid, in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being urged to take up the offer of immunisation, to protect themselves and those they care for. This year anyone aged 16 and over who receives carer’s allowance, or who is…

Lingen Davies Cancer Trust working to produce multi lingual videos to help local residents access breast, bowel and cervical screening

13 December 2022

The Lingen Davies Cancer Trust have produced a series of multi lingual videos, providing residents of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin with clear and simple messages related to cancer screening. The videos will launch in the new year, and will cover cancer signs, symptoms and information about how to access local screening services for breast, bowel…

Residents across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin encouraged to order prescriptions ahead of festive period

12 December 2022

Get ready for Christmas by ordering your prescriptions early, is the message from health experts at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. With Christmas and New Year fast approaching, NHS leaders are keen to ensure that people across the county have enough of their routine medication and prescriptions. With some pharmacies and GP practices closed over…

POD Festive Period Opening Times

8 December 2022

Our Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) service processes medication requests for a number of GP practices across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Dedicated and fully trained prescription clerks can deal with your prescription request and any queries that you may have. Here are the POD opening times over the festive period: Friday 23 December – Open as…

Local GP describes symptoms of strep A and scarlet fever to reassure parents

7 December 2022

Local Shrewsbury-based GP Dr Charlotte Hart has spoken out this week on the upsurge in cases of Group A Strep and scarlet fever. Speaking in a live interview on local radio station BBC Radio Shropshire yesterday, Dr Hart explained the symptoms parents should watch out for, and signposted to the most appropriate NHS service. Dr…

Stay warm this winter to keep health risks at bay

6 December 2022

As a cold spell approaches the UK, residents across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being encouraged to prepare. Nick White, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “Winter conditions can be bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and people with long-term conditions such as heart or kidney…

Health leaders encourage people to get vaccinated and choose well as services face extreme pressures

6 December 2022

Health leaders encourage people to get vaccinated and choose well as services face extreme pressures Health and care leaders across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are encouraging people to help their NHS, by getting vaccinated against flu and Covid-19 if they are eligible and choosing the right service for their needs. This follows extremely high demand…

Online appointments recommended for busy lifestyles this winter

5 December 2022

Patients across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being reminded that there are a variety of appointment types available via their GP practice this winter, with online consultation being a helpful tool for those people with busy lifestyles. Pressures on healthcare services are likely to increase over the coming months due to demand, so healthcare professionals…

ICP meeting to take place on 21 December 2022

5 December 2022

The next meeting of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) will take place on Wednesday, 21 December 2022, 2.00 pm. It will be held at the Council Chamber, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND. The ICP is a statutory committee responsible for producing an integrated care strategy on how to meet the…

UKHSA update on Scarlet Fever and invasive Group A strep

5 December 2022

  The latest data from UKHSA show that scarlet fever cases continue to remain higher than we would typically see at this time of year. There were 851 cases reported in week 46, compared to an average of 186 for the preceding years. Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, but it is highly infectious. Therefore, look out for…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin launches a ‘Winter Control Room’ in preparation for the challenging winter ahead

1 December 2022

  Today, NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has launched a seven-day control centre to manage demand and capacity across the county as health and social care services face one of their toughest ever winters. The Winter Control Room will use multi-agency data to respond to pressures across the health and social care system, with staff…

Coming soon – the new Eye-care Electronic Referral System

1 December 2022

In Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin we will soon be launching electronic eye-care referrals between optometrists and ophthalmology service providers. The new IT platform, called the Eye-care Electronic Referral System (EeRS) has been procured by NHS England and will launch across the Midlands next year. It will replace traditional paper referrals, such as letters and fax,…

New nursing service launches for Shropshire families living with dementia

1 December 2022

This month a new nursing service has been launched to help support families living across Shropshire affected by dementia. The service will consist of a team of four specialist dementia nurses called Admiral Nurses who will provide life-changing support to families affected by all forms of dementia. Their expertise can help people living with dementia…

NHS clinic takes the Covid-19 vaccine to homeless and vulnerable people

30 November 2022

In Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, the NHS is prioritising homeless people by organising bespoke clinics to drive uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine.     The vaccine service recognises that to reach this vulnerable group they need to ramp up their efforts by working closely with shelters and charities in the area, to ensure that homeless…

Keep your medicine cabinet #stockedandlocked this winter say health experts in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

28 November 2022

Get ready for winter by stocking up medicine cabinets at home, is the message from health experts at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. A new campaign launched this week recommends that medicine cabinets at home are kept #stockedandlocked – stocked with essential medicines and products, as well as locked and out of the reach of…

Charlton Medical Centre receives Green Impact Silver Award

23 November 2022

Charlton Medical Centre, in Oakengates, Telford, is delighted to have received a Green Impact award. Green Impact for Health is a learning and awards programme designed to provide practical advice and tips to General Practices that want to improve their sustainability. Practice Nurse Vivien James was passionate about taking action on climate change and so…

Make a difference to Palliative and End of Life Care

22 November 2022

Palliative and end of life care affects us all, at all ages – the living, the dying and the bereaved. NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is hosting two events in December to support a conversation about palliative and end of life care and set out how people will be involved in improving this care in…

Improving Care For Everyone – Delivering Excellent Planned Care Throughout The Year

18 November 2022

A key element of plans to upgrade acute hospital services across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales involves the transformation of our Telford site to specialise in the delivery of planned care. The dedicated planned care site will provide benefits for all residents, including: Operations and procedures will be able to take place all…

Patients across Shropshire urged to return unused antibiotics

18 November 2022

An Antibiotic Amnesty is being held this November, with people across Shropshire urged to play their part.   Local healthcare leaders at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are encouraging members of the public, as well as health and social care staff, to return old or unused antibiotics to their nearest pharmacy Pharmacies throughout Shropshire, Telford…

Shrewsbury Town Football Club CEO gets his COVID-19 jab and encourages local people to get vaccinated

18 November 2022

CEO of Shrewsbury Town Football Club, Brian Caldwell, is backing the NHS campaign urging people to get their Covid autumn booster ahead of winter and got his on Saturday. Bob, the NHS mobile vaccination bus, was given permission from the Club to park at Montgomery Waters Meadow last Saturday for Shrewsbury’s league one fixture against…

Have your say on local outpatient services

18 November 2022

If you have had an appointment in a hospital or clinic in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin but not needed to stay overnight, also known as an outpatient appointment, the NHS wants to hear from you. NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is asking people to share their experiences and views of outpatient care to help make…

Support on hand to help boost language skills for Shropshire’s young children

17 November 2022

To improve children’s communication skills, Shropshire Council and partners including NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Public Health England are offering a wide range of support for practitioners, teachers, carers and parents for children with speech and language needs.  Mirroring the national situation, Shropshire has seen an increase in the number of young children in…

Adults at risk from flu and COVID-19 need free vaccinations to stay well

16 November 2022

The local NHS is urging adults with long-term health conditions to take up the offer of a free flu jab and COVID-19 booster as soon as possible to protect them this winter. Those at higher risk of serious symptoms from flu and COVID-19 include people with lung problems including asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary…

SEND reinspection – have your say

14 November 2022

As part of the Shropshire Local Area SEND reinspection, there will be two opportunities for parent carers to meet with inspectors to share their experiences with them. Monday 21 November 7-8pm Shropshire Parent and Carer Council (PACC) will host a virtual meeting via MS Teams. Please email info@paccshropshire.org.uk for the link. Tuesday 22 November 10-11am Shropshire Parent…

Self Care Week reminds us to exercise self care for life

11 November 2022

Self Care Week is an annual national event that raises awareness of what we can all do to improve our physical health and mental wellbeing. This year Self Care Week runs from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 November, and the theme is ‘Exercise Self Care for Life’. Claire Hand, Lead Medicines Optimisation Pharmacy Technician at…

Ofsted and CQC SEND reinspection 2022

10 November 2022

The Shropshire Area SEND Partnership would like to let all parents, carers, children and young people know that we have been notified by Ofsted and CQC that they will complete the SEND Revisit from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 November 2022. The purpose of the inspection is to evaluate the progress made since the original…

Drive to tackle physical and mental health inequalities through physical health checks for people with severe mental illnesses

9 November 2022

People with severe mental illnesses are being urged to take up free physical health checks, as part of a drive to reduce health inequalities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Locally, there are currently around 3,700 people who have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness (SMI), which includes bipolar, schizophrenia and non-organic psychosis. These free,…

Bob the Vaccination Bus set to return to Shrewsbury Town Football Club this Saturday

9 November 2022

Shrewsbury Town fans can help win the fight against COVID-19 this winter as they’re being offered the chance to receive their vaccine at Shrewsbury’s home match against Barnsley FC this Saturday.    Bob will be at Montgomery Waters Meadow from 11am as part Men’s Health week which is a pop-up event organised by NHS Shropshire,…

Pregnant women urged to get the flu and Covid-19 jabs ahead of winter

7 November 2022

  Expectant mothers have a higher chance of developing complications if they get flu or Covid-19. Pregnant women in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being urged to have both their flu and COVID-19 autumn booster ahead of what is predicted to be a tough winter, in order to get the best protection from the viruses…

£24m boost to improve planned care facilities for local population

4 November 2022

  Press release issued by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust on behalf of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System: A new £24 million planned care hub is being purpose-built which will improve services and reduce the time that patients from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales are waiting for their operations.…

Events to shape the future of local palliative and end of life care

1 November 2022

Palliative and end of life care affects us all, at all ages – the living, the dying and the bereaved. Come along to either our online or face-to-face session to join a conversation about palliative and end of life care and shape our local approach. Ensuring that people get the right care is a priority for…

Memory Service in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to change name to Dementia Assessment and Support Service (DASS)

1 November 2022

As part of the Dementia Vision in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, a programme of work led by people living with dementia and their carers; a decision was made to change the name of the Memory Assessment Service (MAS), to Dementia Assessment and Support Service (DASS).   The reasoning behind the name change is to raise the…

Patients encouraged to ‘ask your pharmacist’

2 November 2022

It’s national ‘Ask Your Pharmacist Week’ from Monday 31 October to Monday 7 November. The theme this year is ‘now at your local pharmacy’ and highlights the new NHS services that have been introduced in community pharmacy over the past few years, alongside the recent evolution of pharmacy practice. Pharmacies are part of the NHS…

Shropshire Men’s Health Week 7 – 12 November 2022

31 October 2022

From Monday 7 to Saturday 12 November, the local NHS, alongside partner organisations, is hosting its own ‘Men’s Health Week’ to tie in with national ‘Movember’ charity work. The local campaign aims to raise awareness of key health issues such as prostate cancer symptoms, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening and the prevalence of hidden mental health…

Public event to shape outpatient services

26 October 2022

Have you recently attended an outpatient service (a short appointment not requiring an overnight stay) in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin? If you have, we would like to invite you to an online event to share your experience and views and help us improve services. The event will take place over MS Teams on Wednesday, 16…

British Red Cross to deliver new Positive Lives Service

24 October 2022

Following a thorough procurement process, NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has awarded the contract for the new Positive Lives Service (formerly HISU) to the British Red Cross. The British Red Cross, which has a wealth of experience delivering similar services nationally, began mobilising the service from 1st October 2022. The Positive Lives Service will work…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin appoints new Clinical Lead for Personalised Care

21 October 2022

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has successfully appointed Dr Jane Povey, former Medical Director at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, as its new Clinical Lead for Personalised Care. This is a crucial role for the Integrated Care System and will drive forward the progression of patient and service user centred care. Nick White, Chief Medical…

Black History Month celebrations

19 October 2022

On Thursday 6 October, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICS celebrated Black History Month with an event at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Organised by the ICS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion steering group, this was an inspiring and stimulating evening. It saw the relaunch of our STW ICS Ethnically Diverse Network, which was established in 2020 when…

Macmillan funded project aims to improve the lives of people living with cancer in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

19 October 2022

A new project aimed at improving the experiences of people living with cancer in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has been funded by a national cancer support charity. The Macmillan Community Care Project, was launched in late 2021 and began in pilot GP practices from January 2022. It is a pilot scheme which involves Macmillan Community…

“If our profession is to survive, we need to work differently.”

18 October 2022

The following words have been taken from a recent speech written by Dr Carla Ingram, GP Partner at Marden Medical Practice, to explain the reasons why the practice has decided to be involved in the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub programme, and why the proposal could be the solution to many of the problems faced…

Celebrating Pharmacy Technician Day in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

14 October 2022

Tuesday 18 October is National Pharmacy Technician Day. It is a day that allows us to recognise the invaluable contributions made by Pharmacy Technicians within our county and how they contribute to our health and care services. There are a number of Pharmacy Technicians working in the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Medicines Management Team who…

“Help us help you” – don’t let cancer play on your mind

14 October 2022

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is encouraging people to ‘help us help you’ by approaching their GP with any worrying symptoms. Healthcare leaders are hoping to address the barriers which prevent people coming forward early if they are worried about cancer. The hope is to encourage  those who have noticed something in their body that…

People 50 and over urged to book for their COVID-19 Autumn Booster and Flu Vaccinations in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ahead of winter

14 October 2022

  From today, Friday 14 October, people aged 50 and over can now book their COVID-19 Autumn Booster and flu vaccination in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin with appointments starting from Saturday, 15 October. People aged 50 and over can now book their COVID-19 autumn booster online via the National Booking Service or by calling NHS…

Integrated Care System launches innovative preceptorship programme

12 October 2022

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) has launched a new preceptorship programme this month, to support newly qualified nurses, Allied Health Professionals and midwives in their early career journey. There will be a series of events hosted for new colleagues over the coming months, the first of which took place this week. Preceptorship…

Racial Equality Pledges: one year on

11 October 2022

One year on from pledging a shared commitment to racial equality, health leaders in the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) continue their efforts to reduce inequalities and create a culture of inclusiveness. The racial equality, diversity and inclusion pledges forcefully reject all forms of racism and discrimination, commit to protecting and promoting…

Working together to improve outpatient services

11 October 2022

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is working with people, carers, health professionals and local service providers to improve outpatient services. Outpatients are when someone has an appointment in a hospital or clinic but does not need to stay overnight. COVID-19 had a significant impact on the amount of planned care the NHS across the country…

The potential opportunities and benefits of the proposed Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub, by Dr Carla Ingram

11 October 2022

Local GP Dr Carla Ingram presents her views on the current pressures faced by GPs, and how the proposed Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub could well be the answer. Writing this blog was a challenge. Between juggling a huge clinical workload, COVID vaccinations, constant deadlines and four young children; my free time is precious and…

Local events scheduled to shape the future of diabetes care

10 October 2022

Residents in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin who live with, or are affected by, Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes will be given the opportunity to learn more about how to live well with the condition through two scheduled events. Diabetes UK is hosting the first of these two events on Tuesday 18 October between 6-8pm…

Star of the Month, Jessica, is simply amazing!

7 October 2022

Jessica Quilter, Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) Supervisor, has been awarded the Star of the Month for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (NHS STW). Jessica was nominated by Lucy Merricks “because she has constantly been a supportive supervisor since coming into the role.” Lucy added “she has a natural caring side that is very appreciated by…

COVID-19 Autumn Booster roll-out off to a good start in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

6 October 2022

  The NHS autumn booster campaign in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has got off to a great start with over 60,000 vaccines delivered in just over three weeks of the programme and thousands already booked in for the weeks ahead. Steve Ellis, Programme and Service Director for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin’s Vaccination Service, said: “With…

“GPs are under an unprecedented workload pressure, far more than I have seen in my 20 year history as a partner” says local doctor

3 October 2022

A Shropshire GP has spoken of the ‘unprecedented’ pressures which have been placed on surgeries since the pandemic. With medical staff bracing themselves for a challenging autumn and winter, Dr Stefan Waldendorf has reached out to frustrated patients looking for appointments, and urged them to be tolerant, particularly of staff, who have at times faced…

Local NHS Launches New Asthma App For Children

30 September 2022

NHS Shropshire Telford and Wrekin are proud to be supporting the national #AskAboutAsthma week beginning Monday 3 October 2022. The week is being marked across the county with the launch of a new app aimed at helping children and young people to better manage their asthma. Around 5000 children and young people are registered as…

New Timescale for NHS111 Transfer Agreed

29 September 2022

A new timescale for the transfer of the NHS111 West Midlands contract has been agreed to ensure patients are unaffected by the change in provider during the busy winter period. In July it was announced that the current provider, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), would be stepping back from the contract and DHU Healthcare, who…

“Make sure your child is up to date with vaccinations” say health bosses

28 September 2022

“Ahead of the winter months, make sure your child is up to date with vaccinations”, say health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. If unsure, parents and carers are advised to check the record of immunisations within a child’s red book or call their GP practice to see if vaccinations have been missed. Children…

Vital Transformation Of Acute Care Services Moves Closer

23 September 2022

Vital plans to transform acute hospital services, which will help to improve health and care outcomes for communities across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales, are progressing. This follows formal confirmation of the approval, subject to a number of conditions, of a Strategic Outline Case (SOC) of the Hospitals Transformation Programme at the end…

Diabetes UK local events

22 September 2022

Diabetes UK are holding two local diabetes engagement events called ‘Shaping the future of diabetes care’. All patients are invited to attend, as well as health professionals. Telford event   Tuesday 18 October 6-8pm at Mercure Hotel Shrewsbury event  Thursday 20 October 6-8pm at Shrewsbury Town Football Club  This is a great opportunity for you to…

Over 65s in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin urged to book their COVID-19 Autumn booster

22 September 2022

People aged 65 and over in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being urged to book their COVID-19 autumn booster online via the National Booking Service or by calling NHS 119 to ensure the best protection against coronavirus through the winter months. The vaccination booster programme has got off to a good start in Shropshire, Telford…

Enhanced Access services at GP practices: What does it mean?

21 September 2022

From October 2022, your GP practice will be offering improved access to appointments and other general practice services. This ‘enhanced access’ means: GP services will be providing appointments until 8pm on weekdays, and from 9am-5pm on Saturdays as a minimum. Appointments will be both bookable in advance and available for same day (and able to…

Local policy to support fair and equitable access to health care

20 September 2022

To support local health providers to manage patient access to certain services, the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System is introducing a system-wide Elective Care Access Policy. The new policy sets out the elective access rules for outpatient and cancer appointments, diagnostics, and elective inpatient or day case treatment, supporting equitable and fair access…

Join us in celebrating Black History Month this October

20 September 2022

To proudly mark Black History Month, you are cordially invited to attend the relaunch of the Primary Care Ethnically Diverse Network. This will be a chance to celebrate our dedicated and diverse workforce, as well as acknowledging the continued achievements and contributions of black people in the UK and around the world. The event, which…

Advice on how to access health services this Bank Holiday Monday

15 September 2022

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Government has confirmed that Monday 19 September, the date of the state funeral, will be a public Bank Holiday. As such your GP practice may be closed on Monday 19 September but a range of NHS services are still available depending on your medical need.…

Over 65s can now book autumn COVID booster

12 September 2022

Press release issued by NHS England. People aged 65 and over will be able to book their autumn COVID booster through the national booking system from today, meaning five million more people can now top up their protection ahead of winter. The NHS Covid vaccine service is also now offering appointments to carers and pregnant…

Autumn Covid-19 booster vaccines open for vulnerable and elderly residents this winter

8 September 2022

The NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has begun in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin with vaccinations already being given to care homes residents and the National Booking Service now open for Autumn Boosters with appointments starting as early as Monday 12 September for those who are eligible. Eligible people include all those aged 75 and over, people…

Local NHS launches new asthma app for children

7 September 2022

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are proud to be supporting the national #AskAboutAsthma week beginning Monday 12 September 2022. The week is being marked across the county with the launch of a new app aimed at helping children and young people to better manage their asthma. Around 5,000 children and young people are registered as…

Local NHS team joins Shropshire Goes Green event

7 September 2022

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin will be joining in at ‘Shropshire Goes Green’, Shropshire Council’s first sustainability festival being held later this month. Building on the success of November 2021’s ‘Shropshire Goes Electric’ event, which put the spotlight on sustainable transport and encouraged the use of electric vehicles, Shropshire Council is now focusing on all…

NHS Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin set to begin offering Covid-19 autumn booster vaccinations

30 August 2022

In the latest phase of the covid vaccination programme, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin will join the rest of country and launch the first autumn boosters across the county from early September onwards. The life-saving booster jab will be available from w/c 5th September for those people who are most at risk from Covid-19. The Autumn…

Hardworking Gina awarded Star of the Month

26 August 2022

Gina Groom, Senior Digital Communications Officer, has been awarded the Star of the Month for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (NHS STW). Gina was nominated by her colleagues who wanted to recognise for her hardworking attitude, and consistently going above and beyond. One of her nominators, Harriet Hopkins, said “Gina is a highly regarded member of the team who…

Community Representative wanted

26 August 2022

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are on the lookout for a Community Representative to assist the Anticipatory Care Working Group. The volunteer will help make sure that the group considers the views and experiences of people using local services to influence the future of Anticipatory Care. Anticipatory Care is proactive healthcare and support, for people…

Plans to revisit location options for the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub

26 August 2022

In response to the statement issued by Shropshire Council regarding the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub, please see below a statement from NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin: Gareth Robinson, Director of Delivery and Transformation at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “We welcome plans to revisit location options for the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub.…

Healthier Minds Festival deemed a success

25 August 2022

A detailed report from Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s first Healthier Minds Festival has just been published. The full report can be found here.   The festival which has been highly praised by all of those that attended, took place in May earlier this year. The festival aimed to invite different ethnic minority groups from across…

Critical Incident Stood Down by Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Health and Care System

24 August 2022

The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Health and Care System has stood down the critical incident that was called on the 12th August. Local health and care providers responded to the critical incident by taking swift, extraordinary actions, which resulted in a significant reduction in pressure. Through system working there has been an improvement in waiting…

Vaccination Update: 24.08.22

24 August 2022

The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is busy planning for the forthcoming Autumn Booster rollout, which is scheduled to launch next month. The life-saving booster jab will be available from September for those people who are most at risk from Covid-19. The Autumn Booster jab will be offered to everyone aged 50 and over…

County Cancer Champions Launch

23 August 2022

A national programme to encourage more people to take up cancer screening appointments is being rolled out across the county – thanks to a successful bid for national funds and a new partnership between local health organisations. Nationally the NHS as part of its commitment to reducing health inequalities has launched a programme of work…

Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub: Open letter to councillors 

23 August 2022

Dear Shrewsbury Councillors:  Chris Lemon, Julia Evans, Kate Halliday, Alex Wagner, Julian Dean and Bernard Bentick,  Thank you for your letter that you sent to all the GP practices involved in the proposed Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub. We hope that this reply will answer some of your questions and provide factual information about the…

A nurse led service developed during the Covid-19 pandemic achieves gold standard for quality.

22 August 2022

The Physical Health Pathway is a nurse led service that developed six physical health clinics during the Covid-19 pandemic, extending its service provision to support secondary mental health services across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The pathway team has been awarded a Gold Quality Award, presented virtually by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) Chief Executive,…

Where you can get medical help this Bank Holiday weekend.

22 August 2022

Your GP practice may be closed on Monday 29 August, but a range of NHS services are still available depending on your medical need. Pharmacists are expert 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, rashes, sexual health…

Partner news: Telford and Wrekin community joins forces to give people hope

19 August 2022

The ‘’Project Hope Telford’’ event on Saturday 10 September (11am-3pm) has been organised by the local suicide prevention action group, Telford & Wrekin Council’s public health and housing teams and partners and those with lived experience.. It marks World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September and also recognises World Homeless Day which takes place a month later…

Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub: Open letter

18 August 2022

In response to an open letter received from five local retired GPs, Dr Charlotte Hart – Clinical Lead for the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub – has addressed the concerns raised. Thank you for your letter regarding the proposed Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub and for sharing your concerns. The project team (of whom I…

Successful bid to be a wave one implementer for CORE20PLUS Connectors Programme

18 August 2022

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, in partnership with Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Local Authorities, were successful in their bid to be selected as one of 11 sites across the country to become a wave one site to design and implement the NHSE Health Inequalities Core20PLUS Core Connectors programme. Core Connectors are people who are part…

‘Help Us, Help You’ spot the signs of lung cancer

17 August 2022

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have launched a ‘Help Us, Help You’ lung cancer campaign, encouraging people with a cough lasting three weeks or more to contact their GP practice. Many people don’t realise that a cough for three weeks or more could be a sign of lung cancer and so it is vital that…

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

NB. Please be aware that plans for the site options appraisal have developed since this article was published. You can read more here:  Plans to revisit location options for the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub – NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (shropshiretelfordandwrekin.nhs.uk) Plans for a new Health and Wellbeing Hub, led by NHS Shropshire, Telford…

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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