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Hospital's d-day approaching

 
Created on 03/10/2017 @ 09:55
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Welshpool Town Council has given the green light for a key referendum to take place next month, and leaflets are now being distributed to households across the town.

Up for discussion is the final verdict on emergency services to be provided at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital which is under threat of losing vital amenities to Telford.

NHS Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group are proposing that one hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the other hospital becomes a Planned Care site.

Both hospitals would have an Urgent Care Centre that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Welshpool’s referendum has been set for October 26 with voting at the Town Hall, and the town’s residents will be asked which of two options they would back.

Option One

The Emergency Care site is the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Planned Care site is the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. Both hospitals would have a 24-hour Urgent Care Centre.

Option Two

The Emergency Care site is the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford and the Planned Care site is the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Both hospitals would have a 24-hour Urgent Care Centre.

“The High School will be voting on October 9-11, with the result announced on the same night as the referendum at around 11.30pm,” said Town Clerk, Robert Robinson. “It is very, very, very important that people come out to vote. The Future Fit Consultation will take place soon, probably slightly later than the referendum.”

If you wish to vote via a postal vote, contact the town.clerk@welshpooltowncouncil.gov.uk by October 19. The Town Council will provide a free car service for those who need assistance. This too will need to be booked.

Definitions

Urgent Care Centre

Basically an A&E but where you get there yourself.

Emergency Care Centre

A critical care unit where life threatening cases would go. This will be on one site only. There will still be some which go to Wolverhampton, Stoke or Stafford.

Planned Care

All operations and other treatment which is planned with an appointment will be on one site only.

 

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