GOOD NEWS - Maternity Units set for re-open 1st Jan!

The Head of Midwifery at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH), Sarah Jamieson "Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Oswestry MLUs will re-open with the same level of service as before .. we are preparing the staffing rotas, wards and beds in preparation for the first shift at 8am on 1st January 2018"
This is excellent news for families and midwives alike all across Shropshire.
SaTH has recruited 20 additional midwives and has conceded that the cuts to their budget has made it impossible to deliver the service we needed. They have now prioritised services to rural areas first, and will need to re-negotiate their budget later. "Common Sense has prevailed! Rural Health Matters”. This is a brilliant result, thanks to every single person who has been involved in the campaigns for our Midwife-Led Units (MLUs) in Ludlow, Oswestry and Bridgnorth.

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Ann Rochelle and Julia Buckley during the Bridgnorth Maternity Unit protest earlier this year

BUT… the battle is not over yet.
Our community hospitals are now under review to see if cuts can be made to the services they currently offer as the squeeze on funding continues from Central Government. Researchers from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) who are responsible for contracting out our NHS services are carrying out a four week "review” to see if they can save money by reducing our four Minor Injury Units (Ludlow, Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Whitchurch) down to just two for Shropshire. Members of the public went along to Bridgnorth hospital last Tuesday to submit feedback. BBC Radio Shropshire were also there, interviewing the concerned members of the public. Needless to say the session was very busy, with long queues of people intent on letting the researcher know how valued and vital our Minor Injury Units are in Shropshire!

If you want to get involved you can email your comments about the hospital to: julie.davies47@nhs.net

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Queues at the recent Minor Injuries Consultation, local resident Steve Downs is interviewed by BBC Radio Shropshire

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commented 2017-11-06 15:29:52 +0000
Couldn’t agree more Soma, fantastic news for our rural MLUs, we must fight to protect our vital community hospitals too. This county is far to big, it’s not practical or safe to centralise services and expect people to travel. Lives will be lost! Where’s health secretary Philip Dunne when he’s needed?!
commented 2017-11-06 09:48:54 +0000
Totally thrilled by recent recruitment of midwives and SaTH’s promise to reopen rural MLUs – without them, pregnant women and unborns would face unnecessary danger. This proves campaigning together CAN make a difference. Hope the promise is delivered. But distressed by moves to remove Minor Injuries and community beds. We are a rural area with a scattered population – this needs recognising when cutting services. Which of us should suffer to justify lower spending? Every citizen deserves a right to life and full health care.
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