Urgent Care Centres at RSH and PRH planned to relocate on 16 April
News from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)
The NHS is currently facing an unprecedented situation regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Health services in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin are taking measures to provide the safest care and best possible experience for patients during this time.
From Thursday 16 April 2020, Urgent Care Centres (UCCs) at Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) will temporarily relocate to the Minor Injury Units (MIUs) in Whitchurch and Bridgnorth, to form two Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs).
People with major injuries and illnesses, such as head injuries and breathing difficulties, should still attend A&E. The Emergency Departments at PRH and RSH remain open and fully operational 24-hours-a-day. However, these changes will allow us to free up capacity to support those with more serious illnesses and injuries who need the level of care offered at hospital.
The two new UTCs will provide treatment for patients where their care needs are urgent, but non-life threatening.
In Bridgnorth, the UTC will be open from 9am to 9pm, seven-days-a-week, and be staffed by a rota of GPs, and doctors and nurses from SaTH. There will be a GP-led service for minor illnesses and injuries including minor cuts, dislocations and back pain.
In Whitchurch, there will be an enhanced service offered, with opening hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
The county’s other two MIUs, at Ludlow and Oswestry, remain open for minor injuries and illnesses. The opening hours of these units can be found at www.shropscommunityhealth.nhs.uk/miu.
The two MIUs at Ludlow and Oswestry, and the new-look UTCs at Bridgnorth and Whitchurch, offer a walk-in service and do not require appointments or referral.
The MIU in Welshpool is currently appointment-only, and contact details can be found on the Powys Teaching Health Board website.