A leading Telford doctor has told delegates from the local voluntary sector and patient representatives how the Future Fit programme aims to transform health care in Telford, Shropshire and Mid Wales.
Dr Mike Innes, Chair of Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, was speaking at an event organised by Telford & Wrekin Council, where the local authority and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust (SaTH) also attended.
He said: “This event, with a focus on the greater integration of services, is a fantastic opportunity to talk with people about how Future Fit aims to make improvements to NHS care, what progress we’re making and how they make their opinions count.”
Futute Fit aims to develop a single specialised Emergency care Centre supported by a network of Urgent Care Centres. It also has described how long term conditions, such as diabetes, will be managed, as well as how operations and investigations will be provided best for the county.
It would mean more people throughout Telford, Shropshire and Mid Wales would be able to get the most appropriate treatment in the right place the first time.
It would also bring together specialist emergency care professionals to make best use of their expertise and highly specialised facilities, and help recruit and retain clinical staff with the right skills and prevent patients having to travel outside the area to get the right treatment.
Dr Innes said: “I believe there is a broad consensus that the emergency and urgent care system we have now needs improving, and Future Fit is heading in the right direction.
“There is still a long way to go and it’s important that we connect with as many people as possible so they can have their say. That is why I was delighted to be able to attend this event.”