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County's £312m hospitals revamp finally approved, MP reveals

The £312m revamp of the county's hospitals has been formally approved in one of the government's final acts before the election, an MP has revealed.

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The work on the plans can now go ahead.

The long-awaited 'Future Fit' Hospitals Transformation Programme – for Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and Princess Royal Hospital Telford (PRH) – was officially signed off by the Treasury and the Department of Health earlier this week, according to Ludlow's outgoing Conservative MP, Philip Dunne.

The approval means Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) can now go ahead with the revamp of RSH and PRH, in a project that has been 11 years in the making.

The move has been welcomed by Mr Dunne, who is stepping down at the election after 19 years in parliament – which included a role as a health minister.

The work on the plans can now go ahead.

The proposals will see RSH become the county's only 24-hour full A&E, through a new purpose-built 'emergency centre', as well as the base for consultant-led women and children's services, which move across from PRH.

PRH in turn becomes the centre of planned care and operations, with both hospitals having 24/7 urgent care centres.

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