About The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

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. At over 5,000km2 this area approaches twice the size of the M25.  

Our main service locations are the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) in Shrewsbury, which together provide 99% of our activity. Alongside our services at PRH and RSH we also provide community and outreach services such as:  

  • Consultant-led outreach clinics (including the Wrekin Community Clinic at Euston House in Telford).
  • Midwife-led units at Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Oswestry.
  • Renal dialysis outreach services at Ludlow Hospital.  
  • Community services including midwifery, audiology and therapies.  

With a turnover in the region of £326million in 2015/16 we saw 61,315 elective & daycase spells; 54,839 non-elective inpatient spells; 6,659 maternity admissions; 407,108 consultant-led outpatient appointments; and 121,105 accident and emergency attendances.    

In 2014 we began an exciting partnership with the Virginia Mason Institute In Seattle as part of our journey of improvement with our aspiration being to provide the safest and kindest care in the NHS. 

There are thriving postgraduate centres at both hospitals.

The Shropshire Conference Centre at RSH enhances the already excellent reputation of the hospital for training junior staff, supporting seniors and continued professional development. Alongside this, the Learning Centre at RSH and the Education Centre at PRH mean that a wide range of teaching can be accommodated.    

The postgraduate training programme is led by Mr Tom Crichlow, Director of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education (consultant orthopaedic surgeon) and Dr Russell Jones, Foundation Programme Director (Consultant Radiologist).  

We are an undergraduate teaching hospital through our partnership with Keele University, with approximately 120 undergraduate students based here. Last year Keele University’s Medical School finished first in the league tables for student satisfaction and fourth in the Guardian newspaper's university league table for medicine, with only Oxford, Cambridge and University College London finishing higher. The majority of consultants are involved with medical education. A substantial number have sessions seconded to the medical school and hold substantive or honorary university titles. There is a Dean and Deputy based at the Trust who oversee the delivery of the undergraduate curriculum and manage the academic staff. Academic staff perform many of the central roles of the Medical School including participation in admissions, examinations, GMC inspections, formal review of health, conduct, and progress of students and membership of senior committees.  

There is a programme of faculty meetings and opportunities for formal teaching training both at the Trust and at the main university campus. We are a very high recruiter to national trials and for many trials we are the highest recruiter in the region. Given the academic pedigree of consultants appointed here, research continues to be an interest within departments and we are look forward to developing further academic links to enhance our research pedigree.    

The undergraduate training programme is led by Dr Koottalai Srinivasan, Hospital Dean (Consultant Respiratory Physician).

We also benefit from our education partnership with Staffordshire University, with on-site facilities to support the training of our nursing, midwifery and allied health professional workforce. The Guardian’s University Guide (2013) ranked the University’s courses as 1st in England for nursing and paramedical programmes. This excellent result reflects the National Student Survey where the eight main categories measured by the survey were rated above the national average by students.   

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Doctors at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Talking

The majority of our patients and communities live in three local authority areas:  

  • Shropshire Council (unitary county authority, Conservative-led administration)  
  • Telford & Wrekin Council (unitary borough authority, Labour-led administration)  
  • Powys County Council (unitary county authority, Independent-led administration) - our catchment predominantly resides in the former county of Montgomeryshire which comprises  the northern part of Powys    

Local NHS commissioning organisations are coterminous with local authority boundaries:  

  • Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group  
  • Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group  
  • Powys Teaching Health Board    

Specialised commissioning is undertaken through NHS England (Shropshire and Staffordshire Area Team) and Welsh Health Specialised Services Commissioning.    

We work in partnership with a wide range of organisations for the delivery and planning of health services. The main statutory bodies include:  

  • Local Authorities (see above)  
  • NHS Commissioning Bodies (see above)  
  • Primary care services  
  • Other providers of health and care services for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales:  
    • Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (specialist orthopaedic)
    • Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust (community services)  
    • South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (specialist mental health and learning disabilies)  
    • Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (ambulance and patient transport)
    • West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (ambulance and patient transport)  

The main statutory bodies to represent the public interest in health services include:

  • Health Overview and Scrutiny Committees for Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council  
  • Local Healthwatch bodies for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin  
  • Powys Community Health Council 

Our main service locations are the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) in Shrewsbury, which together provide 99% of the Trust’s activity.

In addition to this we also provide services such as consultant-led outreach clinics at Wrekin Community Clinic in Telford, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry and Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Whitchurch community hospitals. We also provide midwife-led units at Ludlow, Bridgnorth and RJAH.

The Princess Royal Hospital opened in 1989. It generally serves Telford & Wrekin and eastern Shropshire as well as being the Trust’s main centre for inpatient head and neck services (and currently hyper-acute and acute stroke services on a temporary basis).

PRH has approximately 285 acute adult inpatient beds and 33 acute paediatric inpatient beds in addition to 24 surgical daycase beds, a 20 station renal dialysis unit and a 12 bed midwife led unit.

The hospital also includes a private outpatient facility (the Apley Clinic).

The hospital provides A&E, inpatient, outpatient and day case facilities. Services include general and acute medicine, inpatient head & neck, cardiology, breast surgery, urology, critical care, trauma & orthopaedic services, paediatric services, emergency treatment and renal dialysis.

PRH also provides day case treatment for general surgery, ophthalmology, haematology and oncology as well as midwife-led maternity services.

In September 2014, PRH became our main centre for inpatient women and children’s service when the £28 million Shropshire Women and Children’s Centre opened.

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital opened in 1977 (although some services such as the maternity unit have been provided on the site since the 1960s). It generally serves Shrewsbury, western Shropshire and mid Wales as well as being the Trust’s main centre for cancer services and acute surgery.

RSH has approximately 370 acute adult inpatient beds in addition to 30 surgical day case beds, a 24-station chemotherapy day centre, and 24 renal dialysis stations.

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) provides A&E, inpaent, outpaent and day case services. Specialties include general and acute medicine, cardiology, general surgery, colorectal and upper GI surgery, vascular surgery, urology, crical care, trauma & orthopaedic services, emergency treatment, oncology & haematology, renal and ophthalmology. It is also home to the Shropshire and Mid Wales Fertility Centre.

The £5 million Lingen Davies Centre development opened in 2012, providing improved facilities for oncology and haematology patients.

A new Surgical Assessment Unit and Surgical Short Stay Unit opened in July 2012 as part of the establishment of RSH as our main centre for inpatient acute surgery.

Since the opening of the Shropshire Women and Children’s Centre at PRH in Telford, RSH has continued to provide midwife-led maternity services, outpatient services and a children’s assessment unit.

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