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Have Your Say – Pharmacy Services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

29 June 2022

A review is currently underway across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to understand how people use their pharmacists and the services provided by pharmacies. NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and the local councils would like to hear from you to understand how you currently use your local pharmacy, your experiences of using pharmacy services, as well…

Vulnerable people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin urged to get spring booster jab as Covid-19 cases rise

24 June 2022

NHS Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin is urging people aged 75 and over and people aged 12 and over with a weakened immune system who have not yet come forward to get their spring booster as cases of COVID-19 have begun to rise. The Office for National Statistics has reported an increase in the percentage of…

Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) service under pressure

23 June 2022

Patients across the county are being advised that the Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) service for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is currently operating at low capacity. Patients will unfortunately experience longer waiting times as a result of this. Stephanie Munro, POD Service Manager at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Please be…

Local people helping to shape eye care

20 June 2022

The views and experiences of local people are being used to help shape the future of eye care services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.   Earlier this year, the NHS embarked on a programme of work to transform local eye care services.    The aim is to provide effective eye care services that are more…

Stay safe as temperatures set to soar

17 June 2022

With daytime temperatures set to hit 29 degrees in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and very high UV levels expected, we’re urging people to stay sun safe. Make sure you: Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm Make sure you never burn Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses Take extra care with children Use at…

‘Get yourself checked’ say health bosses in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

14 June 2022

‘Get yourself checked’ is the message from GPs, Clinical Pharmacists and healthcare professionals across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin this Cervical Cancer Screening Awareness Week. To mark the week in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (Monday 20 to Friday 24 June 2022), patients and members of the public are being encouraged to schedule regular screening check-ups with…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) Celebrates Pride Month

9 June 2022

A global celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots that took place in June 1969 which inspired the historic gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights. The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are joining with organisations across the world to celebrate LGBTQIA+ identity and call for increased inclusivity…

Health and Social Care Careers Event

7 June 2022

The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) is hosting a Health and Social Care Careers Day on Wednesday 22 June in Wellington, to showcase the range of careers available within the sector. People from across Shropshire are being encouraged to come along any time between 9.30am and 6pm to find out more about…

NHS Doctor urges people eligible for a Spring Booster to come forward for theirs

31 May 2022

Dr Femi Ipadeola, a Medical Prescriber working within the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, has issued the relaying call, reminding people that “Covid has not gone away”. His plea comes amidst concern that people, who are eligible for their Spring Booster are choosing to wait until they are called in by their local…

It’s important to know where you can get medical help this Bank Holiday weekend.

31 May 2022

Your GP practice may be closed on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June, but a range of NHS services are still available depending on your medical need. Pharmacists are trained health professionals who can provide advice without an appointment and recommend over-the-counter treatments. They can help with issues such as colds, tummy troubles, hay fever,…

NHS urges people to lower their risk of Type 2 diabetes

23 May 2022

This week (23 – 29 May) is Diabetes Prevention Week and is a joint campaign from NHS England and Diabetes UK. The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are encouraging people across the county to know their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and act now. What is diabetes? Every two minutes someone finds out…

Do you know the healthcare professionals of the future?

19 May 2022

When: Thursday 19 May 4.30pm and Tuesday 24 May 4.30pm For: All young people aged 14-19 Where: Virtual event Organised by: ICS People Team  The Integrated Care System for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have partnered with Springpod to host live events for students aged 14-19. The aim is to inspire our young people to consider…

Local Ukrainian GP praises new NHS resources for refugees

18 May 2022

Specialised advice and guidance is now available online to support the health needs of Ukrainian refugees, as well as information for host families based in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Working in partnership to provide important and easy-to-access information, the NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, as well as the local councils and charity organisation Shropshire…

Pilot mental health project launched in Oswestry

18 May 2022

The Health Equalities Partnership (HEP) Programme, funded by NHSE/I, is a collaboration between , Shrosphire Telford and Wrekin CCG, Shropshire Mental Health Support (MHS), Designs in Mind, Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust and We are With You, and is designed to improve the wellbeing and mental health of Oswestry residents. Oswestry has the second largest population…

New nursing recruitment event launched to mark International Nurses Day

12 May 2022

As part of celebrations to mark this year’s International Nurses Day (Thursday 12 May), NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has announced the launch of a new careers event, showcasing the diverse range of roles available to aspiring healthcare professionals in the county. The careers event will take place on Wednesday 22 June at the Ramada…

Handwritten thanks, ward visits and special gifts to mark International Nurses Day

12 May 2022

An annual global celebration, International Nurses Day takes place today (12 May 2022) and is held to acknowledge and celebrate the commitment and bravery of those in the nursing profession around the world. The day commemorates the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and provides an opportunity to celebrate and thank all…

“Hardworking Heather” awarded Star of the Month

11 May 2022

“Hardworking” Heather Cotton, a Finance Assistant at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has been awarded this month’s Star of the Month. The Star of the Month Award was launched last year as a way of recognising the commitment and dedication of staff members who go over and above what is expected…

Discussions around mental health and wellbeing must continue, following successful community event

10 May 2022

A regular and open dialogue around mental health and emotional wellbeing between the public and health teams must continue to be built upon, following a successful community engagement event.  That is the view of Simon Whitehouse, Chief Executive Designate of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS), following on from him speaking at…

Stay sneeze-free this summer with our hay fever top tips

3 May 2022

Hay fever is a common condition also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis. It affects around 1 in 5 of us in the UK and can affect people between March and September. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen; the fine powder produced by trees, flowers and weeds. Symptoms include sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny…

Online resources launched to help Ukrainian refugees access medical care

3 May 2022

Working in partnership to provide important and easy-to-access information, the NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, as well as the local councils, have created dedicated resources on their respective websites to help Ukrainian refugees access important information. There is also supporting information available to host families in the county via a handy checklist of how…

People eligible for a Spring Booster urged to come forward and not wait

3 May 2022

Health leaders in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are urging those that are eligible for the spring booster to come forward and book an appointment. This call comes amidst concern that some people, particularly those aged 75 and over, who are eligible now for their next vaccination are choosing to wait until they are called in…

Support to talk about death and dying

29 April 2022

Experts with specialist knowledge about preparing for the end of a life and dealing with death will be available in local libraries across Shropshire and Telford to share information about the support available and answer people’s questions. Alison Massey, leading on Palliative and End of Life Care for the CCG, said: “Death and dying affects…

Activities to enable healthier mind at special community event

28 April 2022

Activities and attractions ranging from pilates, poetry and crafts are just some of the offerings taking place to encourage people to support their emotional wellbeing at the upcoming Healthier Minds Festival. The Festival, which is taking place on Thursday 5 May between 10am and 5pm at Telford Cultural and Leisure Centre in Hadley, will be…

Where to go if you’re feeling unwell this Bank Holiday

27 April 2022

Your GP practice may be closed on Monday 2 May, but a range of NHS services are still available depending on your medical need. Pharmacists are trained health professionals who can advise or signpost you to the relevant care and provide over-the-counter treatments. They can advise on issues such as colds, tummy troubles, sore eyes…

Updated guidelines for diabetes patients on glucose monitoring

27 April 2022

On Thursday 31 March 2022, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) updated the recommendations in their diabetes guidance in relation to glucose monitoring. This applies to patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group are aware of this updated guidance and patients should be…

Share your views on the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub

27 April 2022

  The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is calling on local communities to share their views on a brand-new, state-of-the-art health and wellbeing hub in Shrewsbury. The health and wellbeing hub would bring a new approach to providing local health and wellbeing services that work together to offer high-quality care for local communities. The…

Temporary closure of the children’s eye-care service

26 April 2022

A joint statement from the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group: “Due to staffing issues, the very difficult decision has been taken to temporarily close the Paediatric Ophthalmology service at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) to new patients until further notice. “The Paediatric Ophthalmology…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System stands down ‘system critical incident’ status

20 April 2022

  Speaking on behalf of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System, Patricia Davies, Chief Executive of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said: “Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System have stood down the ‘system critical incident’ status, meaning local health and care services are no longer facing pressure that directly threatens patient care. “Despite…

Jungle-themed vaccination clinic helps put children at ease

14 April 2022

A Covid-19 vaccination clinic has been transformed into a mini jungle in order to put young children at ease when they come for their jab.  The Vaccination Centre at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry has had its own injection – of colour – in time to make the clinic…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICS system critical incident remains in place.

14 April 2022

The incident is in relation to increasing numbers of patients with covid in our hospitals and extremely high levels of staff sickness across our health and care system along with high levels of service demand across the sector. There are three issues: We currently have 135 covid positive patients in hospital. This is causing significant…

New Dementia Vision to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers

12 April 2022

The quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is set to be transformed thanks to a new, more personalised and joined-up service model being launched in the county.  The model aims to provide people living with dementia, the support and resources they need in order to live their…

Health and care services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin continue to face unprecedented pressure

12 April 2022

A range of health services will be available to patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin during the upcoming Easter Bank Holiday to ensure they get the most appropriate care for their needs. With unprecedented pressures across local NHS and social care services, the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin health and care system continues to ask the…

Green flag of approval for Shifnal and Priorslee Medical Centre

8 April 2022

The project, which has been supported by NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will now enter the next exciting phase of development with ground work to begin on the brand new, purpose-built health and care centre shortly. The centre, which has attracted significant funding from NHS England, is expected to open in…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin offers Covid-19 vaccine to children aged 5 to 11

8 April 2022

With schools across the county breaking up for the Easter holidays next week, sites – including the Vaccination Centre at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry, Coral House in Shrewsbury, Teldoc in Telford and  Turreff Hall in Donnington – started to provide vaccinations from earlier this week for this age…

Local health and care providers launch new inclusive online experience

6 April 2022

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin integrated Care System (ICS) partners have launched a new inclusive online tool to enable website visitors to access online content and services barrier-free. The ICS have signed up alongside Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust and Shropshire Partners in Care to the accessibility tool, Recite…

Encouraging healthier minds at special event aimed at people from diverse backgrounds living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

4 April 2022

People from a wide range of diverse backgrounds living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being invited to attend a special event to find out what services, community groups and activities are available to them locally to encourage and support their emotional wellbeing.  The event called the Healthier Minds Festival is taking place on Thursday 5…

Eid al-Fitr: the Feast of Breaking the Fast approaches for Muslims

2 April 2022

The Rurality and Equalities Team at Shropshire Council spoke to Sohayb Peerbhai, Imam at the Craven Arms mosque, who explains all about Eid and what it means to him. The exact timing of Eid is based on the sighting of the moon. This year, Sohayb tells us that Ramadhan is expected to end on the evening…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Covid-19 testing sites to close in April

31 March 2022

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Covid-19 test sites will be closing in line with the Government’s ‘Living with Covid’ plan from the start of April.  This means that free testing at the walk-through PCR sites for people with Covid symptoms at all sites across the county (including Oswestry and Shrewsbury’s sites, mobile testing units in Ludlow…

Responding to the publication of the final report of the Independent Review of Maternity Services

30 March 2022

Responding to the publication of the final report of the Independent Review of Maternity Services – the ‘Ockenden Report’, Zena Young, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG),said: “We deeply regret the horrific experiences these families went through and that we failed to provide the care they deserved. “As…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICS declares a system critical incident

29 March 2022

The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System has today (Tuesday 29 March 2022) declared a system critical incident. This is in relation to increasing numbers of patients with covid in our hospitals and extremely high levels of staff sickness across our health and care system. There are two issues: At the time of writing,…

Increased levels of pharmacy appointments launched to improve GP access in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

18 March 2022

The NHS GP referral to Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) has been introduced to the county to improve access to appointments and provide more convenient treatment closer to patients’ homes. The county’s local healthcare commissioners are now rolling out the service where patients with minor illnesses, such as skin rashes, aches and pains, will be…

Spring booster available for extremely high-risk groups

18 March 2022

The NHS will contact those who are eligible to make a Spring booster appointment, so people should wait until they hear from the NHS – this will be by letter or text – please do not contact your GP practice about your Spring booster. Those eligible for the Spring booster are: adults aged 75 years and over…

Opening up vaccination bookings and walk-ins to ‘at risk’ 5 to 11-year-olds “means all the family are safe and protected”, say Shropshire family

10 March 2022

Parents and carers of children aged 5 to 11 years old, who are at high risk of being very unwell from Covid-19 or who live with someone who has a weakened immune system, are being encouraged to get their child booked or walk-in for their vaccine at the earliest opportunity. Last week it was confirmed that parents…

“Going above and beyond” Berni awarded Star of the Month

10 March 2022

  “Going above and beyond” Berni Williams who is the Primary Care Lead for contracting and delegated commissioning at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been awarded this month’s Star of the Month. The Star of the Month Award was launched last year as a way of recognising the commitment and dedication…

Get involved in shaping local eye-care services

10 March 2022

The health and care system in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is working together to transform eye-care services and is looking for local people to get involved. The aim is to provide effective eye-care services that are more joined-up so that adults and children get the best care possible when and where they need it. Dealing…

Progress Update for the Hospital Transformation Programme

7 March 2022

  Mark Brandreth, Interim Accountable Officer of NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We received a letter from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 9 February 2022 enquiring into the progress of our Hospital Transformation Programme. “We are working with all partners in our health and care system…

Parents of ‘at risk’ 5 to 11-year-olds can now book COVID-19 vaccinations appointments at RJAH

4 March 2022

Parents or carers of 5 to 11-year-old children who are at high risk of being very unwell from Covid-19, or who live with someone who has a weakened immune system are now able to book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt (RJAH) Orthopaedic Hospital Vaccination Centre. Appointments at RJAH vaccination…

County-wide Health and Social Care Careers Fair launched to inspire future professionals

22 February 2022

The ICS Health and Social Care Careers Fair takes place on Thursday 3 March 2022, for pre-booked parties of school and college students between 9am-3pm and open to members of the public from 3:30pm-6pm at the Shrewsbury Town Football Ground. You can register to attend the public event by clicking on the following link: https://bit.ly/3v5uln6. The…

Long Covid Clinics “a lifeline” for patients, says Telford GP

18 February 2022

A Telford GP has hailed Long Covid Clinics “a lifeline” for patients suffering with this debilitating condition and is urging those who are struggling to come forward and get referred to the service. Military veteran, Dr Neil Harris, a GP from Newport, Telford, has praised the Long Covid Clinic service team in Shropshire, Telford and…

App to benefit more patients in the county

18 February 2022

The myrecovery patient app is soon to be rolled out across the whole of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to support people with musculoskeletal conditions which affect joints, bones and muscles. The platform, currently used by the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH), includes information to inform and empower patients through their treatment journey…

NHS sees great response from locals coming forward for ground-breaking cancer test trial as mobile clinic arrives in Telford

18 February 2022

Participants in the world’s largest trial of a revolutionary new blood test, Galleri™, which can detect more than 50 types of cancer often before symptoms appear, are starting to arrive for their appointments at Telford from this week. The response from local people has been so positive that all the immediately available appointments for the…

Therapy Dogs at RJAH Vaccination Centre to help relax children and young people whilst they have their jabs

18 February 2022

As children and young people across the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being urged to get their Covid-19 vaccination over February half term, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt (RJAH) Orthopaedic Hospital vaccination staff and volunteers have enlisted the help of two four legged friends from the charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide to help relax children…

Young people aged 12-17 urged to “grab a jab” during half term to ensure they can safely continue doing the things they love

17 February 2022

Half term is the perfect opportunity for students aged 12 or older to grab a jab, particularly if they have missed an opportunity to get vaccinated in school. In Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, the NHS has increased walk-in appointments across the county to provide opportunity for this age group to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in…

People with a learning disability and autism encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccine

17 February 2022

People living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin with a learning disability and/or autism are being encouraged by NHS doctors to get their COVID-19 vaccines if they haven’t already had them. People living with a learning disability or autism are more likely to catch COVID-19 and become very ill as a result. At Oak Farm, Ditton…

Be prepared for Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice as strong winds forecast this week

16 February 2022

The call out follows the latest Met Office update on Storm Dudley which is pushing across northern UK today and could see some strong gusty winds at times across county, during Wednesday afternoon/evening and overnight into Thursday 17 February morning.  This means that it’s possible we could well see some instances of tree damage and power outages…

“Cervical screening saves lives” says national campaign

16 February 2022

Today the Department of Health and Social Care, together with NHS England and NHS Improvement, are launching a Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign, to highlight the benefits of cervical screening and remind people that that it can help stop cancer before it starts. The campaign encourages those eligible for screening – women…

Women urged to take part in survey to shape services in the future

15 February 2022

The survey is the first of its kind in the county and mid-Wales and there is still time to have your say with the survey closing on Monday 28 February. A Women’s Health Project Group made up of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) and patient representatives across the county and mid-Wales set…

NHS Heart Attack campaign

14 February 2022

NHS England and NHS Improvement is raising awareness of heart attack symptoms as part of the latest ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign. Heart and circulatory disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, causes a quarter of all deaths in the UK and is one of the largest causes of premature mortality in deprived areas. The NHS…

NEW NHS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ABUSE

10 February 2022

The NHS has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) – specialist NHS services that provide a safe space and dedicated care for anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted or abused. The campaign aims to highlight these vital NHS support services, with new data of over 4,000 respondents…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin show support for LGBTQIA+ History Month

8 February 2022

LGBT+ History Month is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary history, including the history of LGBTQIA+ rights and related civil rights movements. Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) – the new organisation overseeing the NHS and its partner organisations in the local area – is taking proactive steps to…

“Go to” Sue recognised with Star of the Month Award

3 February 2022

Sue works as a receptionist at the CCG’s headquarters in Telford, alongside supporting various teams with administrative duties.  Sue was nominated by four colleagues for her friendly, kind and caring manner and for being the “go to person” when support is needed with admin tasks.   One of the nominators was previous award winner, Angie Porter,…

Making sure your child’s MMR vaccination is up to date

1 February 2022

A new campaign encouraging parents and guardians of children aged 1 to 5 years to check that they are up to date with their MMR vaccines, has been lauched by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) supported by the NHS and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Uptake of most routine childhood vaccinations has…

People with weakened immune systems urged to come forward for their fourth booster dose

31 January 2022

People who are immunosuppressed are being encouraged to come forward for their booster dose – three months after their third primary dose of the Covid-19 vaccine – if they haven’t yet already. Being immunosuppressed means having a weakened immune system and this can be due either to certain diseases or conditions, such as some cancers,…

Survey launched to improve women’s access to health advice

27 January 2022

Figures show that women are not coming forward for screening and asking for help with the menopause so the group, which is made up of local NHS providers and patient representatives across the county and mid-Wales, is trying to find out the reasons why. The group is now running a survey, which opened Monday 17…

Two Telford medical practices praised for providing good access to appointments

27 January 2022

Two medical practices in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have been rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in a recent inspection. Stirchley Medical Practice and Woodside Medical Practice, both in Telford, were inspected in early December 2021. The practices were not warned prior to inspection and were assessed to check effectiveness of access…

New Basil the Covid-19 vaccination Bus hits the road

26 January 2022

A third Covid-19 vaccination bus is on the road in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin in a bid to ensure more remote areas of the county are visited. Many local people will be familiar with Bob the Bus – the mobile vaccination service that has been parking up at a number of locations during the pandemic…

People urged to ‘grab a jab’ in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin as NHS launches week of walk-ins

19 January 2022

People in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being urged to grab a jab this week with at least 16 walk-in sites available across the county.  The NHS is launching a week of walk-ins which means that many people are now closer than ever to a walk-in vaccination site and getting protected from the dangers of the Covid-19 variant, Omicron and…

Trailblazing Telford pharmacy celebrates one year of delivering Covid-19 vaccines

18 January 2022

A Telford pharmacy which became one of the first pharmacies in the country to start vaccinating people against Covid-19 is celebrating the milestone of administering more than 50,000 vaccines to local people.  This time last year, Woodside Pharmacy in Telford had just started vaccinating people against Covid-19.  Reflecting on the past 12 months, Sanjeev Samrai, Pharmacy Manager and Director,…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICS encourages women to check health during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

17 January 2022

Health chiefs at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) want women and people with a cervix to be aware of the dangers of cervical cancer and to know how to access help if it is needed. Last month (December 2021) the national charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust raised concerns over NHS England data…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin punching well above the average with booster jabs – it’s still not too late to get a COVID-19 vaccination!

13 January 2022

This follows a monumental effort from all involved over the past three to four weeks, over the Christmas period, where many people have given up their time to deliver the vaccine rather than spend it with their loved ones. Steve Ellis, Deputy Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccination programme in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, said:…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s 12-17 year olds can get a second dose of Covid-19 vaccine at their school

13 January 2022

Students aged 12 to 17 years old living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin will be offered a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at their school from this week. Prior to the Christmas break, all schools in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin had been visited at least once, when 12-15 year olds were offered their first…

Transformation of musculoskeletal services temporarily slowed in response to increasing system pressures

12 January 2022

This means that we are temporarily slowing down the pace of the MSK programme to enable our staff to concentrate their efforts on ensuring the system is able to meet the needs of our patients safely, now and in the coming weeks. Kerry Robinson, Senior Responsible Officer for the MSK Transformation Programme, said: “Staff across…

Homeless people in Shropshire receive Covid booster jabs at Shrewsbury Ark

10 January 2022

Since December, more than 24 people experiencing homelessness in Shrewsbury have received extra protection against COVID-19 after attending an outreach clinic provided by Riverside Medical Practice at the Shrewsbury Ark, a charity that provides ongoing support and day centre facilities for the homeless and vulnerable in our community. Six homeless people attended a vaccination clinic…

Telford to launch new service for children with autism and their families

10 January 2022

The Children’s Autism Hub, shaped by the views of parents through Parents Opening Doors (PODS), and funded by Telford and Wrekin Council and Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, will be officially launched on the 8th March. This new service sits together with the existing Telford’s Autism Hub for adults, at Hazeldine House in…

National cancer survey finds 95% of children under 16 feel well looked after

7 January 2022

The Under 16 (U16) Cancer Patient Experience Survey launched by NHS England is the first-ever national survey of cancer patients aged between 8 and 15. Dr Julie Davies, Director of Performance at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “Children and young people have very different experiences of cancer to adults, so a personalised approach to…

Get jabbed for your New Year resolution

31 December 2021

Health and care staff working in hospitals and in the community are at an increasing risk of catching COVID every day and this could have a devastating knock-on effect on services. Anyone still waiting to have their vaccination is being urged to book a jab this January to help slow the spread of the virus…

Football fans can get New Year boost with covid jab at big match

31 December 2021

The vaccination bus will be visiting the club for the second time in recent weeks as he offers jabs to supporters ahead of Shrewsbury’s big New Year clash with Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday (2 January).  More than 7,000 fans are expected to attend the League 1 match – including almost 2,000 followers from the South Yorkshire club.…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s 12-15 year olds urged to get vaccinated before the new school term

29 December 2021

The call comes as that age group can now book their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, as part of the mission to get people protected against the new Omicron variant. A number of vaccination sites in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are offering the vaccine to those aged 12-15 years old, including: Southwater Library, St…

Shoppers urged to bag a bargain – by getting FREE covid booster

27 December 2021

Businesses will be hoping their tills are ringing over the coming days, with the Boxing Day and New Year sales being one of the highlights of the shopping calendar. But it is also a busy time for the covid vaccination programme – and sites at locations including the Darwin Centre in Shrewsbury, and Southwater and…

Residents asked to ‘plan ahead when ordering prescriptions’ this Christmas

22 December 2021

The Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) team will be available for patients to order any repeat prescriptions until 4pm on Christmas Eve (Friday 24 December) and will re-open on Wednesday 29 December. The team will also be available between 8am – 5pm on Wednesday 29, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 December, then returning to regular service…

Changes to GP practices during the covid booster programme

21 December 2021

In line with the Government’s announcement, the NHS is aiming to offer every adult the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year. This means our practices across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are now prioritising the booster rollout to protect as many as possible from the worst effects of the…

Covid boost as jabs count smashes through 50,000 barrier

21 December 2021

It comes just eight days after the national effort launched on Monday 13 December to deliver up to 18.3 million boosters by 31 December. In Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin that equates to more than 130,000 doses needing to be administered by New Year’s Eve.  The big push was initiated in response to data showing that the NHS could…

Getting boosted is the greatest gift you can give yourself and your loved ones this Christmas, says Senior Doctor

20 December 2021

Dr Jane Povey, Clinical Lead for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS), is calling on everyone who qualifies for a booster jab, but has not yet had one, to book an appointment and get vaccinated before Christmas. The call came after hard working NHS staff in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin delivered 48,943 vaccinations…

Shrewsbury stars give boost to covid battle

20 December 2021

It was the finale to a perfect Saturday for Bennett – who had just come off the pitch after helping his team to a 3-1 win over Cheltenham Town on what was his 33rd birthday. Among other players lining up to get their booster shots were 25-year-old striker Daniel Udoh – scorer of two goals…

Vaccine programme going super-sized for weekend booster push

17 December 2021

And anyone still waiting to come forward for their booster is being urged to act now – giving greater peace of mind as families and friends get ready to come together for their Christmas celebrations. Already more than 25,000 people have taken up the offer in the region since the booster campaign was launched across…

Betty the Covid-19 vaccination Bus making her first stops this weekend

17 December 2021

A second Covid-19 vaccine bus is being rolled out across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to encourage more people to get on board with having their first and second doses of their jabs closer to home. Many local residents will be familiar with Bob the Bus – the mobile vaccination service that has been parking up at a number of locations during the pandemic. Now, in a…

Telford International Centre now open for COVID-19 booster bookings and walk-in’s

17 December 2021

From today, everyone over 18 can book a booster jab online via the National Booking Service or by calling NHS 119. The Vaccination Centre, located in the centre of Telford, will be open 7 days a week, except for Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year’s Day, 8am to 6pm. The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin…

Shropshire Fire Stations continue to support the vaccination effort with four new walk-in sites

17 December 2021

Anyone aged 12 or over can walk-in for their first, second, third or booster COVID-19 vaccination at the Fire Station vaccination clinics held across the week until the end of January, from 10am to 4pm: Every day, Bridgnorth Fire Station, Innage Lane, Bridgnorth WV16 4HL Every Tuesday, Shrewsbury Fire Station, St. Michaels Street, Shrewsbury SY1 2HJ Every…

Football fans can give covid the red card at Shrewsbury match

16 December 2021

Bob will be at the Montgomery Waters Meadow from 10am on Saturday, ahead of Town’s League One clash with Cheltenham Town. Supporters of both teams will be able to get a jab on the bus, which will remain at the stadium throughout the day until about 6pm. The vaccination team will be able to give…

GPs at forefront of booster jab effort in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

15 December 2021

The astonishing target has been set in a bid to ensure as many people as possible are protected against the worst effects of the Omicron variant, which is sweeping across the country. Clinical evidence has shown that people who are unvaccinated and those who have had one or two doses are not well protected against…

Vaccination booster programme set for lift off in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

14 December 2021

Local health and care leaders have set a goal of jabbing up to 160,000 people by New Year’s Eve – including offering a booster to the 137,000 people aged 18 and over who will be eligible before the year-end. It is part of a national drive to see all of the 18 million eligible over-18s…

NHS To Offer Booster Booking To Every Adult by End of December

14 December 2021

As part of the biggest and fastest vaccine programme in health service history, online bookings are available for all those in their 30s and above from today. The national booking service will then open up to everyone aged 18 and over from Wednesday this week. The NHS is prioritising bookings for boosters and is urging…

Parents asked to take extra care this festive season to combat the spread of respiratory infections

13 December 2021

Respiratory illnesses are common in young children, especially in winter, and RSV usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms and may cause a cough or cold in older children and adults. However, in young children it can cause bronchiolitis, which can lead to more serious respiratory problems in very young children with health conditions or complex medical…

One Million COVID-19 Vaccinations Delivered in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

13 December 2021

Throughout the pandemic, hundreds of people have come together to set up and manage a vast number of vaccination sites to ensure our population has access to the vaccine. These include GP-led vaccinations sites, the mass vaccination sites (at Telford International Centre, Ludlow Racecourse, Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre, Robert Jones Agnus Hunt), hospital hubs (at…

Boosters jabs available for eligible Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin residents three months after second jab by appointment only and at ‘some’ walk-in clinics.

9 December 2021

For up to date information on COVID walk in and pop up clinics across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, please click here. People aged 40 and above are now able to have their Covid-19 vaccine three months (91 days) after the date of their second jab. Previously, a minimum six month gap (182 days) was required between…

One year on Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Covid-19 Vaccination Service celebrates over 920,000 vaccines

8 December 2021

As we mark the year anniversary since the Covid-19 vaccination programme – the largest and fastest in British history – got underway, Mr Stephen Bridgwater from Edgebold in Shrewsbury, who was one of the first in line at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for his Covid-19 vaccine on 11 December 2020 has praised workers for their…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin residents asked to play their part in supporting health and care services this winter

2 December 2021

People living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being urged to play their part in supporting health and care services this winter. The plea comes as health services begin to head into what is likely to be the busiest and most challenging winter for them with increases in demand. In an open letter to the…

An Open Letter to the people of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin about Winter Pressures

2 December 2021

Joint statement from Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. To the people of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Winter is coming – and we know it is going to be a challenging one for health and…

Determined Katie wins award in recognition of medicines initiative

1 December 2021

Katie, the CCG’s Proxy Online Ordering Support Lead, has been leading on supporting GP practices and care homes in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin to implement an NHS England initiative regarding the online ordering of medicines in GP practices and care homes. She quickly, however, identified technological barriers to the project and therefore set her sights…

Green light for £19m Pauls Moss development

26 November 2021

The Wrekin Housing Group, Shropshire Council, NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GPs have now signed an agreement to begin work on the ground-breaking £19.1m development being built by Vistry Partnerships West Midlands. The Pauls Moss scheme will provide the Whitchurch area with modern health and care services, and bring…

Covenant signed by health bosses to best serve veterans throughout Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

25 November 2021

An Armed Forces Covenant, ensuring all GP practices in the county are equipped to best serve veterans and their families, has been signed by representatives from NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Shropshire Council and the Armed Forces. The Covenant, which was signed as part of the ‘One Army, One NHS, One…

Get vaccinated to protect yourself and loved ones this Christmas at the Grab a Jab Weekend

24 November 2021

For up to date information on COVID walk in and pop up clinics across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, please click here. People living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being encouraged to protect themselves and their loved ones ahead of the festive season by getting vaccinated at one of the county’s walk-in clinics as part…

People of all ages in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are urged to take up ‘Evergreen’ vaccine offer

18 November 2021

Cases of COVID-19 in the over 60s have increased in both the East and West Midlands in the last week with over 60s case rates per 100,000 above the average for the whole of England which stands at 232,000. Statistics from the ONS this month have also shown that the risk of death involving COVID-19…

Patients encouraged to return unused pills to local pharmacies as part of ‘Antibiotic Amnesty’ campaign

17 November 2021

As part of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), taking place between Thursday 18 and Wednesday 24 November, health experts at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging all patients to play their part. Each year the campaign aims to remind us that antimicrobials need to be handled with care and to…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin NHS backing greener NHS and climate change action

17 November 2021

The pledge comes at a time when the Glasgow COP26 summit has been shining a light upon the worldwide climate crisis and encouraging international cooperation to address the global threat. It also follows the launch of a nationwide NHS drive to make health services more sustainable. Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG are part of  Shropshire, Telford…

‘At risk’ people in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin urged to get the flu jab

17 November 2021

At a time of increased publicity around cases of Covid-19 and the vaccination programme, clinicians in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are warning those eligible not to forget to get their free flu jab when invited by their GP practice or by going to a community pharmacy to increase their protection against this winter disease. On…

Immunosuppressed people in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin urged to come forward for their third primary dose

16 November 2021

People in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin who are immunosuppressed are being strongly encouraged to come forward for their third primary dose of the Covid vaccine by the NHS in the county.  Being immunosuppressed means having a weakened immune system and this can be due either to certain diseases or conditions, such as some cancers, AIDS, and certain genetic disorders,…

Help Shape Local Musculoskeletal Services

15 November 2021

We’re asking people to share their experiences about musculoskeletal (MSK) services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (STW) to help make positive changes for patients and staff. MSK services provide help with problems involving muscles, bones and joints, including back and neck pain. The MSK Transformation Programme is about strengthening community provision over the next five…

Shawbury Medical Practice phone and IT issues

15 November 2021

Unfortunately, Shawbury Medical Practice is currently experiencing phone and IT issues. These are being worked through and the practice hopes to be fully operational again shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience and ask that you please be patient with our staffing team. We are reminding all patients to contact 111 for advice or 999 in…

National Self Care Week 2021: Tips to embed self-care practices into your daily routine

15 November 2021

To highlight how quick and easy it is to practice self-care for life, we’ve spoken to Claire Hand, Pharmacy Technician at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), on how she maintains good physical and mental wellbeing through effective self-care. “For me self-care is about looking after my health and wellbeing, not just…

Surgeon who recovered from Covid urges those eligible to have their booster and flu jab

11 November 2021

A respected clinician, who has recently recovered from Covid-19, is encouraging those who are eligible, living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, to get their booster dose and flu vaccination, ahead of the challenging winter months.  Mr Sudheer Karlakki, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH), is stressing the importance of getting…

Statement from Mark Brandreth, Interim Accountable Officer, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG

3 November 2021

“We offer our sincere apologies to anyone impacted by the pressures facing our urgent care system right now across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. The delays caused by ambulances having to wait outside Emergency Departments are not acceptable and we are doing all we can to improve the situation.  “It is important to acknowledge that this…

Parents of toddlers invited to get flu vaccine ahead of challenging winter

2 November 2021

The NHS is sending invitations to parents of toddlers in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to get their flu vaccination. Parents of two and three-year-olds are being urged to book an appointment with their GP practice, when they are contacted to do so, to protect their child this winter and help stop the spread of the virus.…

Empathetic Angie recognised with Star of the Month Award

2 November 2021

Angie works within the CCG’s Patient Services Team and has responsibility for dealing with patient and MP enquiries, concerns and complaints. The Star of the Month Award has presented by Mark Brandreth, Interim Accountable Officer at the CCG, who launched the monthly prize in September as a new way of recognising staff for their hard…

NHS opens online Covid-19 vaccination bookings for 12-15 year olds

26 October 2021

Parents will be able to book Covid-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year old children from the end of today (Friday) with appointments available as soon as tomorrow, the NHS has announced. People will be able to go online and check the National Booking Service to see if their local site has appointments to vaccinate…

How to get your vaccines and boost your immunity in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

26 October 2021

People in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are reminded to get their COVID and flu vaccinations to give themselves the best possible protection against these deadly illnesses this winter. The annual flu vaccination programme is now underway across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, with many GP practices and pharmacies offering the flu jab. Those eligible, including people…

People in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin urged to get their flu and Covid-19 booster jabs as soon as they’re offered

14 October 2021

Residents in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, who are eligible for the free flu vaccine and Covid-19 booster jab are being urged to book their appointments as soon as they are able to give themselves and their loved ones the best possible protection this winter. There could be a significant flu surge this winter coinciding with continuing or rising…

Walk-in Covid-19 boosters available

12 October 2021

For up to date information on COVID walk in and pop up clinics across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, please click here. Anyone eligible for a Covid-19 booster vaccine in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin can now drop in to one of the four selected walk-in vaccination sites for the jab a minimum of six months after…

We want your feedback on NHS 111 and how you access urgent care services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

6 October 2021

The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group), Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin wants to hear from local people about NHS 111 and how you access urgent medical care services. Urgent care services are for when people need medical advice or treatment for an urgent health condition…

Routine blood tests in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin resume

5 October 2021

Routine blood tests for patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have resumed as the shortage of blood test tubes has eased. Work is now taking place to clear the backlog of non-urgent blood tests which were paused on NHS England (NHSE) guidance. Patients who are already waiting for blood tests can now book routine appointments,…

An Open Letter to the people of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

30 September 2021

GPs are the backbone of the NHS – and right now they need our support and understanding more than ever.  The pressure on all areas of the health and care system has been almost unprecedented over the recent period and when we hear patients and members of the public expressing frustration, we understand.   But, as…

Brilliant Brett wins inaugural Star of the Month award

29 September 2021

Brett Toro-Pearce leads the Individual Commissioning Team at the organisation, which is responsible for commissioning health services across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. His role involves helping to arrange individual patient packages of care for everything from Continuing healthcare to Mental Health, Learning Difficulties and children’s case management. The Star of the Month Award has been…

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin offers Covid-19 vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds

27 September 2021

It comes as all children and young people aged 12-15 years are now being offered a single dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine after the Government accepted advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs). The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is now working with the local School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) to deliver this…

BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin to host talk marking World Menopause Day

24 September 2021

BBC Breakfast’s well-known journalist and news presenter, Louise Minchin, will be joining staff from the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) to mark World Menopause Day 2021. Taking place on Monday 18 October, between 12pm and 1pm, a dedicated session on the menopause will be delivered virtually by Louise as part of a…

People Aged 16 and 17 Urged to Get Lifesaving Covid Vaccine As NHS Bookings Open

24 September 2021

People aged 16 and 17 are able to book their Covid-19 jabs through the National Booking Service from today as the NHS vaccination programme pulls out all the stops to protect people ahead of winter. Almost three quarters of a million young people in England – around 60% – have already received their vaccine thanks…

Shrewsbury care home residents among the first to receive their Covid-19 booster jabs

23 September 2021

Residents in a Shrewsbury care home were among the very first patients to receive their Covid-19 booster vaccines in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Isle Court Nursing Home in Bicton, Shrewsbury was the first home in the area to have had its residents vaccinated with their booster doses. A number of residents were also given their flu vaccines at the same…

Public urged to speak to pharmacies about minor illnesses to help ease NHS pressures

23 September 2021

People across the Midlands are being urged to speak to their local community pharmacy as one of the NHS’s “most trusted, accessible and underestimated services” to get the medical attention they need for minor illnesses – and to help the NHS to manage current pressures. The plea is being made to avoid people suffering with…

Covid-19 booster vaccinations to be rolled out to patients via appointment only in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin from this week

20 September 2021

The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin will start delivering Covid-19 booster vaccinations to people in eligible groups as of this week via appointment only, as the biggest and most successful vaccination programme in health service history progresses to the next stage.  In line with new guidance set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the NHS Vaccination Programme will now…

“It’s time to put self-care first” say health leaders in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

20 September 2021

“It’s time to put self-care first” say health experts at the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) who are encouraging residents across the county to take steps to look after their physical and mental health. Self-care is about staying healthy, understanding when and how you can look after yourself, and what service is…

British youth weightlifting record holder Emily encourages 16 year olds and over to get vaccinated

17 September 2021

A six-time British record holder and youth weightlifting champion is encouraging those 16 and over to get their Covid-19 vaccine, in order to allow them to do the things they love and for life to return to normal. Emily Sweeney, a member of the Team GB Weightlifting team, who has competed across the UK and…

Watch the progress on the new Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre in this time-lapse video

16 September 2021

Building work to develop the new Headley Court Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre is now well underway and you can watch the progress so far on the time-lapse video below. Back in June, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital held an official ground-breaking ceremony for the facility, which will be dedicated to treating service personnel…

Improving health and wellbeing in Shropshire – please give your views

16 September 2021

Shropshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB) has drafted a Joint 2022-2027 Health and Wellbeing Strategy. It outlines the identified priorities based on local evidence and data, and explains how the Board will work together to action these priorities. The final strategy will be based on feedback received from people living in Shropshire and stakeholders. That’s why…

Reminder: Patients should not turn up for blood tests if they have been cancelled

13 September 2021

Patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being reminded that only urgent clinical blood tests are going ahead because of a global shortage of blood bottles. They should not turn up for blood test appointments if they have been cancelled. NHS England (NHSE) has requested all providers take action to reduce the use of blood…

Shropshire residents turn out in force for successful Type 2 diabetes event

7 September 2021

Fifty Shropshire residents have attended an event to help people reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The webinar, organised and delivered by regional healthcare provider Living Well Taking Control on Thursday 2 September, took attendees through the lifestyle choices which can increase a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and crucially gave…

Comedy star, Ruby Wax, to headline first ever Health and Care Wellbeing Festival

2 September 2021

Famous comedian, best-selling author and mental health advocate, Ruby Wax, will be headlining the first ever virtual Health and Care Wellbeing Festival for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The festival will run between Monday 6 to Friday 10 September 2021 with day and evening sessions available. It is open to all health and care staff from…

Online booking service for blood tests to be paused because of global blood bottle shortage

31 August 2021

Patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being advised that the online booking service for blood tests is temporarily unavailable. NHS England (NHSE) has requested all providers take action to reduce the use of blood bottles because of a global shortage. The online booking service is operated by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust…

E-zec Medical awarded patient transport contract for Shropshire and North Powys

26 August 2021

  E-zec Medical Transport Services (E-zec), England’s largest independent provider of Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services (NEPTS), is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the NEPTS contract to supply services across Shropshire by NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and for Powys residents accessing hospital services in Shropshire. The two commissioners…

Innovative ‘Champion Programme’ launched to create more positive GP experiences

26 August 2021

As part of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG’s) commitment to creating a more positive experience for our GP colleagues, we are delighted to announce the launch of two exciting new opportunities to become a GP Champion. Our ‘Newly-Qualified GP Locum Champion’ and ‘Ethnically Diverse GP Champion’ are two important new roles that…

Proposal for exciting new health and wellbeing hub in Shrewsbury

23 August 2021

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is calling on the local community to share its views on an exciting, new proposed health and wellbeing hub in Shrewsbury. The hub will pilot a new approach to providing local health and wellbeing services that work seamlessly together to offer high quality care for the…

Where to go if you’re feeling unwell this Bank Holiday

23 August 2021

Just in case you need medical help this August Bank Holiday weekend, it’s important to know which service is best suited to your needs. There are a lot of different services to choose from, so health leaders in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are explaining the advice and treatment available for each. They are also urging…

Local 16 and 17-year-olds encouraged to grab their COVID-19 jab this weekend

12 August 2021

Young people living in Shropshire Telford and Wrekin aged 16 and 17 are now able to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at one of our local vaccination clinics as part of the national “Grab a Jab” campaign from this weekend. This news comes as the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)…

Partnership working to support Adult Nursing course places in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

10 August 2021

More places have been made available to study Adult Nursing at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) from September 2021 thanks to a drive to support people who live and aspire to work in and around Shropshire to consider Nursing as a career. The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) is working with Health Education…

Racial equality placed front and centre for the county’s Integrated Care System (ICS)

4 August 2021

A firm commitment to racial equality, diversity and inclusion has been placed front and centre today by health leaders at the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) – the partnership which brings together health and care organisations across the county. As important steps towards reducing inequalities and creating an atmosphere of inclusiveness, a statement of…

Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) under pressure due to staff shortage

3 August 2021

Patients across the county are being advised that the Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) service for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is currently operating at low capacity due to staff shortages. To remedy the situation, additional members of staff are being brought in to work through the backlog of requests but patients will unfortunately experience longer waiting…

Update on Woodside Medical Practice, Telford

22 July 2021

Due to staff shortages relating to COVID-19, Woodside Medical Practice in Telford will be closing today at 4pm. Members of the team will be available remotely but services will be running at low capacity. The CCG and practice staff are working closely with agencies to restore services as quickly as possible and will keep patients…

Call for Government action from Diabetes UK

22 July 2021

A new campaign launched by Diabetes UK is calling on the Government to understand just how serious diabetes is. One in 14 people in the UK are now living with diabetes, and the number of people diagnosed with the condition has doubled in the last 15 years. As highlighted by the charity, the pandemic has…

Recruitment of patient volunteers to shape future of Phlebotomy Service

21 July 2021

Two enthusiastic patient volunteers are being recruited to help shape the future of Phlebotomy in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning  Group (CCG) is seeking volunteers for the roles of Patient Representative for the Phlebotomy Clinical Design Group and also for the Phlebotomy Steering Group. The volunteers will oversee and assure…

Information on Woodside Medical Practice, Telford

21 July 2021

For patients of Woodside Medical Practice, Telford, please be aware that due to staff shortages related to COVID-19 the practice is running at low capacity which will unfortunately impact our service today (Wednesday 21 July). We are working hard to resolve the issue and will keep patients updated of any developments. Thank you for your…

Language survey launched by the NHS Race and Health Observatory

20 July 2021

The NHS Race and Health Observatory has launched an important public survey to gather the views on the kind of language they use when talking about race and ethnicity. The aim of the survey is to determine what terminology means something to the people who come in contact or work within the NHS – whether that’s…

Stay safe this weekend as temperatures set to soar

16 July 2021

Please be advised that a Level 2 Heatwave Alert from Public Health England and the Met Office has been issued today (Friday 16 July 2021). The alert indicates that there is a 70% probability of hot weather between Saturday 17 and Tuesday 20 July in parts of England. Daytime temperatures will be very warm or…

COVID-19 measures to remain in place at Shropshire’s acute hospitals

16 July 2021

The requirements to wear a face covering and social distance at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford will remain in place after Monday 19 July, as will the restrictions on visiting, to help control the spread of COVID-19. The announcement from The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH),…

NHS patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings

16 July 2021

England’s Chief Nurse has today reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules. Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in…

Amazing day for nurse Jilly at St Paul’s Cathedral Service

8 July 2021

Jilly Hassall, Acting Senior Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Lead at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was nominated to attend St Paul’s Cathedral in London, on Monday 5 July, for a special service to commemorate 73 years of the NHS along with other NHS staff, volunteers, patients and carers.  The service, attended by…

Online booking system for patients requiring a blood test

6 July 2021

A new online booking system is to be launched for patients in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin requiring a blood test. The new self-book system is being introduced by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which provides the blood testing service.  From 19 July, patients aged 16-years-old or over will be able to…

Video created by inspiring young learners encourages others to book an annual health check

30 June 2021

A group of inspiring young people from Derwen College have created an important educational video to raise awareness of annual health checks for people with learning disabilities. Students at the specialist residential school in Gobowen, near Oswestry, produced the video as part of a work experience project with NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning…

Health chiefs call for community’s views on new health hub pilot

24 June 2021

Shropshire has been selected as one of the first places in the country to launch a pioneering community diagnostic health hub. Health experts are now calling on local people to share their views on the new diagnostic health centre that will offer multiple tests at the same time, making it much easier for people to…

Introducing Edna Boampong, Director of Communications and Engagement  

23 June 2021

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Edna Boampong, who has joined the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as our new Director of Communications and Engagement. Edna first joined us on an interim basis in April 2021, but has recently been appointed to the substantive post.…

Walk-in COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccination Clinics offer vaccines to 18 to 39-year olds in STW

22 June 2021

To make vaccination easier new walk-in clinics are open and no appointment is needed. All 18 to 39-year olds across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are now able to go to a walk-in COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine clinic. The walk-in clinics make it easier and more convenient for eligible people who haven’t had their vaccine to come…

NHS invites all adults to get a COVID jab in final push

18 June 2021

Issued by NHS England: All adults can now book a life-saving COVID jab vaccine, NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens announced today. Everyone aged 18 and over is being urged to arrange a jab if they have not had one as the NHS COVID Vaccination Programme, the biggest in health service history, begins the final…

Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for 40-year olds and over in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

18 June 2021

Issued by the COVID-19 Vaccination Service The clinics are open to all local people and no appointment is needed. People who are aged 40 and above across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being urged to go to a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic if they haven’t been vaccinated already or if they’re due for their second…

People with no ID or address can register with a GP practice

17 June 2021

Health bosses at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people who do not have ID or a fixed address to register with a GP practice to ensure they access healthcare. Everyone in England is entitled to register with a GP however some people may feel excluded if they don’t have any…

A new vision for people living with a learning disability and autistic people has launched across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

14 June 2021

The health care system in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin has developed a new vision and set of principles to enhance learning disability and autism care for local people living with a learning disability and autistic people living with or without a learning disability across all ages. The new vision and principles are being launched during…

Healthcare workers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours for COVID-19 response

12 June 2021

Three healthcare workers who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to help people through the coronavirus pandemic in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Dr Martin Allen, a consultant respiratory physician from University Hospitals of North Midlands and a secondary care clinician on the NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning…

Shrewsbury Town Manager Steve Cotterill encourages local people to get vaccinated

10 June 2021

Shrewsbury Town Football Club’s Manager, Steve Cotterill, advises people living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to have the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they can. Steve has experienced the serious effects of COVID-19 first-hand and is very aware of the benefits of being vaccinated. Steve said: “There is a big push at the moment to…

Respected CEO appointed new health leader for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin 

9 June 2021

Mark Brandreth Respected Chief Executive Mark Brandreth has been appointed to lead the development of integrated health services in Shropshire Telford and Wrekin (STW). The experienced leader has come through a “rigorous and competitive” recruitment process to be named Interim Accountable Officer for the STW Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Alongside that post, he will continue…

Health bosses urge: “Don’t fear, get a smear”

8 June 2021

This Cervical Screening Awareness Week (14 – 19 June 2021), health bosses at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging people to ‘don’t fear, get a smear’ and attend their routine cervical screening appointments when invited. Five million women and people with a cervix are invited for screening every year.  It is…

What is the national data use opt out?

4 June 2021

NHS Digital have rolled out a national data opt out that allows patients to choose how their confidential patient information can be used. This is due to plans to use patient data for purposes beyond their individual care and treatment – specifically for research and planning across the NHS. If patients do not want their…

Call for kindness in General Practice

1 June 2021

GP practices and patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have come together to encourage mutual respect and understanding between patients and practice staff.  Whilst the majority of patients have understood the challenges created by the pandemic and appreciate the care provided by their practice, some practices are sadly seeing an increase in incidents of verbal abuse directed at their staff.  Dr Deborah Shepherd, Medical Director for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning…

Emergency Department at RSH expanded to improve patient care

1 June 2021

Issued by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) Clinical space in the ED is being increased to include a new and improved Majors department, as well as a new designated Emergency Zone for Children and Young People and provision for vulnerable patients. There will also be a new Clinical Decisions Unit. The capital investment…

Visiting extended for antenatal and postnatal wards

1 June 2021

Issued by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) Visiting will be extended at the antenatal and postnatal wards at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford after the Trust which runs the hospital eased restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From today, a single, named person will be able to stay on…

The NHS is here to help you this May Bank Holiday

28 May 2021

During the bank holiday weekend, health leaders at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding people that the NHS is still here for them. Some GP practices will be closed on Monday 31 May, so other NHS services are available over the Bank Holiday to ensure we all get the care…

Why fresh air is important to reduce the spread of COVID-19

18 May 2021

The ‘hands, face, space’ guidance for reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) was recently updated to include ‘fresh air’. This is because COVID-19 is an airborne transmitted virus, and research shows the risk of infection is significantly lower in well-ventilated spaces. An infected person releases COVID particles into the air by coughing, talking and breathing.…

Message of thanks from our Executive Director of Nursing and Quality on International Nurses Day

12 May 2021

  Message from Zena Young, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality The International Council of Nurses hosts International Nurses’ Day each year on 12 May to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and to celebrate the achievements of the nursing profession. Over the last 12 months and in the wake of COVID-19, many nurses…

Electronic system One Health and Care for health records is being extended to Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. It will help you get the care you need.

11 May 2021

Patient records in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin will soon be available electronically for health and social care practitioners to view. These records will be ready to go live in summer 2021. This means a doctor in a hospital, or a paramedic who attends a 999 call will be able to access the same crucial information…

SEND: Our priority and everybody’s business

4 May 2021

Issued on behalf of Shropshire Parent and Carer Council (PACC) A new strategy developed in partnership with Shropshire families and a wide range of local organisations has been launched, which will create more opportunities for children and young people with extra support needs or disabilities. The Shropshire SEND strategy is being introduced to create a…

Healthcare leaders stress importance of COVID-19 second dose vaccine

4 May 2021

Healthcare leaders across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are urging people to attend their second dose vaccination appointment when they are invited so they can join the millions of people who are helping to protect themselves and others. Over 384,432 doses (including second doses) of the COVID-19 vaccination have been given to people in Shropshire, Telford…

Partners continue to attend Greenway Polymers fire

30 April 2021

Issued by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service  Fire crews remain on site at the fire at Greenway Polymers site in Ketley, Telford, which began on Monday, 26 April. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dan Quinn said; “We continue to work hard on site to extinguish the fire. Although this is a complex incident, it is under…

Medical help is available this May Bank Holiday

26 April 2021

Choose the most appropriate NHS service for medical help this Bank Holiday, and ensure you request any repeat prescriptions ahead of the weekend, urge health leaders at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). With some GP practices closed on Monday 3 May, residents are reminded that different NHS services are available over…

Changes announced for women and support partners accessing maternity services run by acute trust

21 April 2021

Issued by Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is pleased to welcome one support partner for all women attending antenatal appointments and ultrasound scans at hospital sites from Monday 19 April onwards. With the support of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin councils, maternity services users and their…

Next steps for the NHS blood taking services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

14 April 2021

As part of the work to improve blood taking services in the county, NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recently conducted a comprehensive engagement exercise to gather patient and public feedback. The survey for the phlebotomy services received over 3,500 responses, and more than 3,000 individual comments, plus eight focus groups were…

Shropshire communities urged to keep coming forward to receive jabs during Ramadan

13 April 2021

Local health leaders in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are urging people observing the holy month of Ramadan not to delay having their covid vaccine if they are eligible. Having the vaccine when it is offered by the NHS is the safest and most effective way to protect ourselves, our families and those most at risk…

Welcome to our new website!

29 March 2021

This website was launched on 1 April 2021, when we became NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (STW CCG). The website contains a wide range of health advice, information about our organisation and about the health and care services we commission. We have tried to provide information which is useful and easy to…

The Lord-Lieutenant visits Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre to meet Vaccination Teams

30 March 2021

The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Mrs Anna Turner JP, visited one of the four coronavirus vaccination centres in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin last week. The Lord-Lieutenant visited the vaccination centre at Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre in Shrewsbury and has paid tribute to the volunteers and staff for their hard work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, working round-the-clock…

Where to get medical help during Easter bank holiday

30 March 2021

Although GP practices are closed over the Easter bank holiday (Friday, 2 April to Monday, 5 April), NHS services including GP appointments are available, say health leaders at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The NHS is here for you if you need us, and different services are available depending on the…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s Vaccination Service

26 March 2021

Update from the COVID-19 Vaccination Service: A temporary change in the opening hours will be put in place at the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin COVID-19 vaccination centres due to the well-publicised reduction in national vaccine supply. Supplies are said to be reducing from Thursday, 1 April for a period of 3-4 weeks and Shropshire, Telford…

Urgent Treatment Centre to return to PRH

24 March 2021

Issued by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH): Urgent Care will return to the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford on Monday, 29 March, 2021. The Urgent Treatment Centre at PRH was temporarily relocated to Bridgnorth Minor Injury Unit (MIU) as part of Shropshire’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the number of…

Smallest inland fire service administers 10,000 COVID-19 vaccinations

22 March 2021

Issued by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service: Firefighters from one of the country’s smallest fire and rescue services have now administered 10,000 vaccinations into the arms of Shropshire residents since mid-February. Around 60 Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service staff – both operational and support – have worked with NHS partners to train and be redeployed…

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System confirmed by NHS England

19 March 2021

NHS England has today announced the roll out of 13 Integrated Care Systems (ICS) nationally, with effect from 1 April, 2021.This represents a major milestone in the NHS Long Term Plan. As part of this, Shropshire Telford and Wrekin will become an ICS from 1 April, 2021, providing a joined up approach to planning and…

Some patient visiting to resume at RJAH from Monday

19 March 2021

Issued by The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH): Some inpatients at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) are to be allowed a “named visitor” under refreshed rules, in order to give them greater contact with their loved ones. The Oswestry-based hospital took the difficult but necessary…

Shropshire Fire supporting partners in the fight against COVID-19

18 March 2021

  Issued by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service: Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has once again stepped up its efforts to support partners in the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the NHS with patient transfers. NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG – the bodies responsible for local healthcare services -…

NHS text drive to invite millions at risk for lifesaving COVID jab

16 March 2021

Update from NHS England and Improvement: The NHS is texting millions of vulnerable people urging them to get a life-saving COVID jab as the vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, continues to accelerate. The messages are part of a renewed drive to protect those with underlying conditions such as diabetes and some forms…

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