According to proposed plans the simple answer is no, although neither of the A&E's would exist in their current form. The proposal is to create two *'Urgent Care Centre's' (we don't know yet what the official name will be), offering a 24/7, walk-in service. One would be at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the other would be at The Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford. The vast majority of people (adults and children) who currently go to their local A&E would be seen at one of these centres.
So, for example, for cuts requiring stitches, simple fractures, sprains, strains and bites, non life-threatening injuries and ailments and minor head, eye or ear problems, you would go to one of these urgent care centres.
People with life threatening injuries such as those resulting from a car crash, for example, or life threatening illnesses such as a suspected stroke, severe abdominal pain, poisoning or severe blood loss would be treated at a brand new Emergency Centre, open 24/7, 365 days a year. This would not be a walk-in service. The majority of people would arrive at this centre by ambulance or be transferred from one of the urgent care centres.
Under the current system, if you have a heart attack you are taken by ambulance to the specialist centre in Stoke on Trent or Wolverhampton. Under new plans the aim would be to bring emergency care for the treatment of most heart attacks back into the county.
For more details about the preferred option and what the proposed clinical model would look like, please click here.