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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queues at the recent Minor Injuries Consultation, local resident Steve Downs is interviewed by BBC Radio Shropshire