Shropshire Star

Overall improvements found at county's emergency hospitals – but more progress still needed

Improvements have been made at the county's emergency hospitals, according to inspectors – but more work needs to be done.

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Louise Barnett, chief executive of Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which manages both Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH), has been rated 'requires improvement', following four days of inspections from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) last year.

The rating is an improvement on the trust's previous 'inadequate' grading from 2021.

A number of the trust's services have been found to have improved, including children and young people's services at PRH, which have gone from 'inadequate' to 'good'.

Maternity services at PRH have also gone from 'requires improvement' to 'good' – a significant step following the maternity scandal uncovered at the trust.

End of life care at both hospitals has improved from 'inadequate' to 'good' overall, while medical care (including older people’s care) at both sites is rated as 'requires improvement'.

Princess Royal Hospital Telford's A&E has been downgraded to inadequate.

Urgent and emergency care, which includes A&E, has improved at RSH from 'inadequate' to 'requires improvement', but PRH has seen its rating for the service fall to 'inadequate' from 'requires improvement'.