Date of release: Friday 6th February, 2015
Surgical services and cancer referrals are being transferred from County Hospital, Stafford, to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) and the Royal Stoke University Hospital from Monday, 9 February.
It comes after the dissolution of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust and the transfer to RWT and the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) of Cannock Chase Hospital and the County Hospital (formerly Stafford Hospital).
The services involved are emergency and inpatient gynaecological surgery, emergency and inpatient general surgery including breast, colorectal and upper and lower gastrointestinal tract surgery, trauma surgery and two week wait cancer referrals.
Four gynaecology and general surgery consultants, two from each discipline, are transferring to RWT to deliver services from New Cross Hospital and Cannock Chase Hospital.
Patients will be re-allocated to consultants at RWT or UHNM and given the choice of where they would like their surgery or care to take place. Outpatient clinics will continue at Cannock Chase Hospital.
Emergency trauma patients needing inpatient surgery will be admitted to trauma wards at either RWT or Royal Stoke depending on which hospital is nearest to them.
All two week wait cancer referral outpatients (dermatology, lower and upper gastrointestinal tract, gynaecology and breast) within the South Staffordshire and Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group areas will become the responsibility of RWT.
Letters have been sent to GPs across the Trust areas informing them of the service integration.
RWT Chief Operating Officer Gwen Nuttall said: “The plan to transfer these services has been carefully and thoroughly assessed internally and externally to make sure its safe.
“We look forward to welcoming new colleagues transferring to us from County Hospital and to providing the best possible care for our new patients and their relatives.”
For more info contact RWT Head of Communications Richard Radcliffe on 01902 695900.