TELFORD A&E DEPARTMENT
The decision to base the only 24/7 fully operational A&E Dept at Shrewsbury Hospital is a seriously retrograde step and I would like to give two personal examples of why I believe this to be so.
A couple of years before Telford Hospital opened in 1989, my cousin had a heart attack and was found to be dead on arrival at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. I often wondered if the PRH had been open at the time would he have lived by receiving treatment there much more quickly ? It appears that we may be going back to those days.
Secondly, following a serious stroke in 2016, when I could not move or speak, I was taken to the PRH within 20 minutes. After a thorough examination and brain scan, I was transferred immediately to The Royal Stoke University Hospital where a thrombectomy was carried out to remove the blood clot from my brain. I remained in hospital for only five days, after which I was allowed home where I soon made a full recovery. As there is only a short window of four hours, following the onset of a stroke, in which to carry out a thrombectomy I do not believe that the delay of a 20 mile journey to Shrewsbury, investigation and then on to Stoke would have achieved the same successful result.
These difference between these two examples clearly demonstrates the importance of having a 24/7 fully operational A&E Dept at Telford.