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Hospital referendum Thursday

Created on 25/10/2017 @ 11:19
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Welshpool residents are being invited to take part in a referendum on Thursday to decide the town’s stance on future services at Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals.

The Town Hall will be open from 7am-10pm for all Welshpool residents to make their opinion known, with the result expected to be revealed shortly after the polls close.

If anyone cannot get to the Town Hall, contact the council on 01938 553142 and they can arrange a car.

“There has been much discussion over the past few years on where A&E services might be located. To be clear there will be a unit covering 60% of previous A&E services at Shrewsbury and Telford together with a Minor Injuries Unit in Welshpool,” said a town council statement.

“What is changing is how the 'critical care' is provided. At present some of the critical care is provided at Shrewsbury and Telford but most is provided by Wolverhampton, Stafford or Stoke.

“The plan is to move more of these services back to either Shrewsbury or Telford.

“The other change is that the name A&E will change. There will be Urgent Care Centres at Shrewsbury and Telford (doing around 60% of what A&E does now) with an Emergency Care Centre (Critical Care) at one of the sites. Whichever site has the Emergency Care Centre will not have planned care (operations and treatments booked ahead) which will be located on the other site.”

Welshpool High School pupils have also voted with the result being published with their result to be published tomorrow.

The official consultation is expected to start soon.

The two options for people to consider are:

Option one

Shrewsbury Site                                Telford Site

Urgent Care Unit 24 hours                 Urgent Care Unit 24 hours

Emergency Care Unit                         Planned Care Unit

Option two

Shrewsbury Site                                Telford Site

Urgent Care Unit 24 hours                  Urgent Care Unit 24 hours

Planned Care Unit                               Emergency Care Unit

The definition of each unit is set out here:

Emergency Care

Critical care with life or limb threatening issues.

Urgent Care

Any illness where you get to the centre on your own.

Planned Care

Operations and treatments booked ahead with a planned appointment.

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