Public consultation for FutureFit is coming soon!
The big news this week was that we have finally secured the vital funding we need to improve hospital services in Shropshire. On Wednesday, the Department of Health announced a major capital programme of £760 million for capital projects in England. Amazingly £312 million (about 40% of the total) has been allocated to the FutureFit programme which is improving the configuration of acute hospital services in Shropshire.
This is great news. It now means that we can get on and start the public consultation which has been repeatedly delayed. It means that in NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care there is faith that we can deliver this much needed improvement in hospital services. Perhaps most importantly after a really dire winter, it gives hope to healthcare staff in Shropshire that we will be able to stabilise and then improve our services.
Here are the proposals:
Option1: The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Princess Royal Hospital becomes a Planned Care site
(This is the CCGs’ preferred option)
Option 2: The Princess Royal Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes a Planned Care site
Under either option, both hospitals would have an Urgent Care Centre that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It looks like public consultation will start in early May. You can read the draft consultation documents here.