Recruitment efforts to keep Telford’s A&E open overnight continue

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is continuing its efforts to recruit additional staff to keep Telford's A&E department open overnight.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is continuing its efforts to recruit additional staff to keep Telford’s A&E department open overnight.

The department currently remains open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. However, the A&E could close between 8pm and 8am because of staffing issues which have been having an increasing impact on the safe care of patients over a number of years.

Should an overnight closure be unavoidable, it would not happen until some time in November.

The Trust says it is continuing to work closely with MPs and councillors to both to try to avoid the overnight closure and to reduce any impact as much as possible, should it become necessary.

Clinicians at SaTH believe that both Emergency Departments – at PRH and at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital – could be maintained in the short-term if the Trust had a minimum of seven additional levels Middle Grade Doctors – taking staffing levels up from 11 to 18 and a minimum of 15 more Registered A&E Nurses.

However, that would only address the immediate problems in the short-term solution, with a longer-term solution still needed.

Carol McInnes, Assistant Chief Operating Officer for Unscheduled Care at SaTH, said: “Nobody at SaTH wants to go ahead with the overnight closure and we are not just sitting back and letting it happen. We will continue to work hard until we have exhausted every conceivable option.

“We are continuing to talk to partners across the health system to see if there is any way of addressing the immediate problem and we are also continuing with recruitment efforts for both doctors and nurses to increase staffing in the medium to long-term.

“Should we be unable to avoid the overnight closure, we are also still looking at every way in which we can keep the impact to our patients to an absolute minimum. This includes looking at what options we can offer for people who need urgent, but not emergency, care, out of hours.”

The decision to approve the overnight closure of the A&E at PRH was taken at last month’s meeting of the Trust Board.

Dr Kevin Eardley, Medical Director for Unscheduled Care, said: “This is not where we want to be but we have been very clear for some time now about the fragility of the EDs at RSH and PRH, and that we cannot continue to operate both sites overnight in the long-term with staffing levels as they are.

“We don’t have enough doctors and nurses to safely staff both of our A&Es 24-hours-a day, seven-days-a-week and, as a result, we are relying on the goodwill of our medical and nursing staff to keep those services running. This has put them under enormous pressure, and is no longer sustainable.”

“I want to reassure everyone that our business continuity plans have been under constant review, and robustly tested, to ensure that there will be as little impact on patients as possible.




Date: 10 October 2018 | Source: ShropshireLive

More Telford News

 Power station site plans ‘exciting’

Future prospects for the former Ironbridge Power Station site are exciting..

 Telford Tigers sign partnership deal with leisure resort

A hotel and golf resort has signed partnership deal with the region's nati..

 Talks to be stepped up over 28,000 new Shropshire homes

Shropshire fields could be used to make up for a shortfall in development ..

 Land should be left for farming, says MP

Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard met with the chairman of Homes England to discuss..

 £100,000 Legacy Funding for transitional housing for young people

The council has confirmed that a Telford 50 Legacy Fund grant of £100,000 w..

 Local Partnership Working Helps Enhance Telford Balloon Fiesta

Telford’s popular Balloon Fiesta returns on 11 & 12 May 2019 in Telford Tow..
View More

More UK News

Telford’s Got Talent returns for second year

Telford’s Got Talent is to return for a second year following last year’s event which marked Telford..

Free construction training set to deliver 400 opportunities

An innovative new construction training programme based in Telford is now looking for interested peo..

New 210 pupil primary school planned for Telford

A new 210 pupil primary school is set to be built in Telford adjacent to Junction 4 of the M54

Shropshire author shortlisted for Romantic Novel Awards

Novelist Emma Cooper, from Telford, has been shortlisted for The Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romant..

Superfast Telford broadband programme exceed national targets

At the end of the first phase Superfast Telford, the programme has delivered fibre broadband at 24 M..

Police appeal for witnesses as part of rape investigation in Telford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 30s was raped in the Lightmoor area of Telfo..
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

Upcoming Events in Telford

21 Mar 2019

Thursday 21 March

7.30pm


Tickets £18.50

View Details

29 Mar 2019

Friday 29 March 7.30pm
Saturday 30 March 7.30pm
Sunday 31 March 6pm

Pre-show dining available.


Tickets £15pp
Groups of 20+ £12

View Details

01 Apr 2019

Easter to End of September. 9.30 to 5pm every day.


£650pp - Guest House Accommodation
£720pp - Hotel Accommodation

View Details

06 Apr 2019

TBC


Each car displaying a current BE membership card will be admitted including all occupants.

All other spectators will be charged an entrance fee of £10 person - children aged 12 & under admitted for free.

Members to park in the main car park. Horse vehicles do not need a pass.

ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES/MOTORCYCLES will not be permitted.

View Details

07 Apr 2019

10am - 5pm


FREE ENTRY

N.B - Normal museum parking charges apply

View Details
View More