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Stroke Conference 2020

Here is some useful information about us.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is the main provider of acute hospital services for around half a million people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid-Wales. 

Encompassing some of the most picturesque parts of England and Wales, the Trust’s catchment stretches from the Cambrian Mountains in the west to Newport and the fringes of the Black Country in the east. The main towns include: Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch (in Shropshire); Newport, Telford and Wellington (in Telford & Wrekin); and Newtown and Welshpool (in Powys). 

Our main service locations are the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) in Shrewsbury, which together provides 99% of our activity. Both hospitals provide a wide range of acute hospital services including accident & emergency, outpatients, diagnostics, inpatient medical care and critical care.

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Shropshire is a wonderful place to live, and few people would disagree. Shrewsbury has been named as one of the best places to live in the country in the “Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide”.

The majority of our staff live within our main local catchment area of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid-Wales. Between them, these three areas offer a rich variety of places to live.

Nightlife and Culture

Shrewsbury, Telford and the surrounding areas offer a whole host of activities outside of working life. Whether you prefer watching a blockbuster in a building dating back to 1596, or dancing till the early hours, there is something for everyone.

Shrewsbury is rich in history and culture all displayed in the town’s quaint architecture. The town boasts an impressive selection of independent restaurants, bars, theatre, live music venues and nightclubs, all set among the pretty cobbled streets.

This vibrant town has seen a massive boom in nightlife recently with the addition of University Centre Shrewsbury with regular events organised to satisfy all tastes. However, the heart of Shrewsbury is the Quarry in the weave of the River Severn. The Quarry is home to the famous Shrewsbury Flower Show, the Splash Park (which opened 2016) attracts youngsters of all ages, and there are the variety of events that take place throughout the year such as Oktoberfest or the Dragon Boat Festival.

You can even rent a rowing boat and sail down the river yourself, or watch the many rowers from the Boat House Pub overlooking the river.

Telford is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution with many places of historic interest including the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.

Telford is also in close proximity to Weston Park, a wide range of events are hosted at this stately home and country park, including International Horse Trials, the Midland Game Fair, and the Classic Ibiza concert.

Just a short journey away is Ludlow. A town renowned for high-quality music and theatre performances at the annual Ludlow Shakespeare and Arts Festival, whilst the town also hosts an excellent annual Food Festival building on the town’s reputation as a great destination for restaurants and local produce.

Shopping

Shrewsbury and Telford offer a diverse range of shops, they are also complemented by a wealth of nearby market towns, and villages.
 
Telford Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Telford, with over 160 of your favourite high street stores and easy parking. The shopping centre is just across from Southwater, the exciting new leisure quarter which has an array of shops, restaurants, cafes, IMAX cinema, hotel, ice rink and modern library.
 
Shrewsbury has two main shopping centres; The Darwin Centre and Pride Hill Centre. These shopping malls sit among the old streets of Shrewsbury which host a unique ray of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
 
Local villages that surround Shrewsbury and Telford are not to be overlooked, for example, Bishops Castle offers an unexpected variety of art, antiques, crafts and textile shops alongside the renowned Three Tuns local brewery.
 
Outdoor Pursuit
 
One of the main attractions of this area is the fantastic outdoor life, both within Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, mid-Wales, and in nearby Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.
 
The area is rich with opportunities for walking, cycling, horse riding, camping, mountaineering, canoeing and sailing, gliding and other outdoor pursuits.
 
Ready access to the Wrekin, the Shropshire Hills including the Long Mynd, Upland Powys, the Severn & Wye Valleys, Shropshire Canals and Meres, and the Welsh coast add to the wide range of activities available.
 
Wildlife highlights include the conservation of Red Kites and Ospreys in western Montgomeryshire, and the county boasts one of the most varied geologies in the British Isles from Precambrian sedimentary rocks of Haughmond Hill, to the igneous intrusions in the South Shropshire Hills.
 
For the really adventurous amongst you there are few counties with access to such a wealth of outdoor pursuits. From paragliding in Lond Mynd, Tandem and Solo Parachuting in Whitchurch, you can learn to fly just outside of Shrewsbury at the Shropshire Aero Club, and, with easy access to North Wales, there is no end of outdoor activities on the land, in the water, or even below the ground.
 

There are currently 4 stroke Physicians at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (Dr Uttam Sinha, Dr Meena Srinivasan, Dr Indranil Mukherjee and Dr Owen David) and it is expected that the new posts will work in conjunction with them to develop stroke services as per National Guidelines.

There are 3 stroke Clinical Nurse Specialists (Sarah Millward, Tess Wixey and Carl Ryan) who have major roles in delivering stroke services especially hyper acute stroke care and maintaining the stroke database. There is one stroke research nurse specialist (Nicki Motherwell) based at the Princess Royal Hospital who enrolls stroke patients into various multi-centre research trials and Mr Graham Mills is the Stroke and Elderly care Business Manager.

There are 3 elderly care Physicians in post - Dr Shu Ho has a special interest in falls and orthogeriatric (and also works at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital 2 days per week) and Dr Suzy Thompson with a special interest in Movement disorders, both of which are based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, and Dr Nigel Mike with a special interest in GIM, Nutrition and Orthogeriatrics who is based at the Princess Royal Hospital.

There is a purpose-built acute stroke unit (24 bedded) with a 6-bedded hyperacute bay and a thrombolysis room in ward 15 and an 18 bedded stroke rehabilitation based on ward 16. There is also the capability to deliver stroke rehabilitation at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. There are 14 general acute elderly care beds on ward 10 which are also looked after by the stroke Consultants.

The stroke and elderly care Consultant team at the Princess Royal Hospital is supported by 2 SpR’s, 3 FY1’s, 3 CMTD, one GPVTS Doctor, one Associate Specialist, one Physician Assistant, and one Trust grade stroke Doctor and part-time Trust grade elderly care Doctor. All the juniors participate in the general medical take as a partial shift rota. Further Consultant posts in Elderly Care/Frailty at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are also in development.

There is an active interest in teaching at all levels in the department in association with Keele Medical School and the West Midlands Deanery. The post holders will be encouraged to participate in teaching and supported in research that benefits the department. There are ongoing audits of services.

PJ Paralysis

In 2017 Stroke Services Pioneered 'Eng PJ Paralysis', which is designed to help patients recover more quickly – by simply maintaining their daily routine.

Swan Rooms

We have over 20 Swan Rooms at our Tryst, which provide privacy and dignity for patients at the end of life. Stroke was one of the pioneering wards for the Swan Rooms and we now have xx in total across our Stroke Units. 

The rooms allow relatives to spend valuable time with their loved one, who is at end of life, in a more private, peaceful and calming environment. The rooms have been funded by kind donations to the Trust’s end of life care Swan Fund. The Swan Rooms also include 'sky murals' feature natural sky scenes and will be fitted in five side rooms within our Stroke Unit (with one already fitted).

The aim of the murals is to provide a distraction and reduce feelings of anxiety, for patients receiving treatment giving them a more positive experience of being in hospital.

Pet Passports  

In October 2019 Pet Passports were launched by out End of Life Care Team to allow friends and relatives to bring in pets to visit their owners who are patients receiving end of life care. These passports will soon be rolled out to patients receiving longer stays in the Trust which is the case for many of our Stroke patients.

Relatives can show the passport, which is filled in beforehand by the End of Life Care (EOLC) team, on arriving at hospital. It removes the chance of them having what could potentially be upsetting conversations explaining why a pet is coming into the hospital.

Shropshire is diverse in it’s offering as well as a safe place to live. The local area offers a wide range of housing to suit
every need, from town centre flats to remote farmhouses and converted barns. Whether you are looking to buy or rent, Shropshire has housing to suit most needs.

Both main hospitals are located by large residential areas, so there is an abundance of accommodation close to work.
Or, if you are looking for something quieter, then there are rural towns such as Ironbridge, Newport and Much Wenlock, or our picturesque villages such as Pontesbury, Allscot, Weston Lullingfields - all within easy commutable distance of the hospitals.

The county also has many affordable housing offers for first-time buyers, or those with investment interests have both the available housing and buoyant rental market to capitalise on.

Links to local Estate Agents

www.nockdeighton.co.uk

www.hallsgb.com

www.savills.co.uk 

 

Shropshire has an excellent central location making it accessible to both the north and the south of the country, as well as being approximately 60 minutes from the nearest beach and airport.

Public Transport

Shropshire is well connected within the county with regular local buses and 19 National Rail services. London Midland, Arriva Train Wales and Virgin Trains are the three key rail operators with frequent links to Birmingham, Manchester
and Wales. A direct service runs from Shrewsbury to London, meaning the capital can be reached in just over
2 hours. To the west, there is easy access to Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Coast.

Roads

Shrewsbury and Telford are both easily accessible from the national motorway network via the A5 dual carriageway and M54 motorway. The north of the county has good road transport links to Merseyside and Greater Manchester.  Birmingham can be reached in under an hour and London is approximately 3 hours away.

Airports

Shropshire is lucky to be in close proximity to three international airports - Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham airport (approx one hour drive) and within easy reach of the main London Airports.

Schools

If you are a family living in, or moving to, Shropshire you will be satisfied by the many excellent schools and their results in national assessments.

Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin, have a strong commitment to providing opportunities for every child and young person to achieve their potential.

In Shropshire alone, there are around 61 primary schools, 20 secondary schools and 15 independent private schools. Local schools continually rank above average in the league tables with schools such as Newport Girls’ High School and Shrewsbury School often achieving a 100% GCSE pass rate.

For younger children, there are various childcare options available both on-site and off-site for staff at RSH and PRH. Daisy Chain day care is located at the RSH, and gives priority to NHS staff. The nursery has superb facilities for children including a small forest school and a sensory room. Apley Day Nursery is situated on the PRH grounds and their approach is friendly, fun and informal.

There are also many excellent private nurseries if you find they are more suited to your needs.

Universities

The up and coming University Centre Shrewsbury offers high-quality teaching, learning and research in the distinctive medieval town centre. But there are also a number of universities within easy commuting distance from Shropshire such as the University of Wolverhampton (Telford’s local university), University of Chester, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Liverpool, Harper Adams University, Keele University, and Staffordshire University.

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Meena Srinivasan- Consultant Physician in Stroke Medicine

Telephone: 01952 641222 Ext 4585 meena.srinivasan@nhs.net

Dr Owen David – Consultant Physician in Stroke Medicine

Telephone: 01952 641222 ext 4416 owen.david@nhs.net

Dr Arne Rose- Medical Director

Telephone:01743 261000 ext 2250 arne.rose1@nhs.net

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