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Ambulance Services: Shropshire

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 2430, tabled on 16 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve ambulance response times in Shropshire.

Answered on

19 May 2022

The West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is introducing a team to triage lower priority cases and diverting patients to other services to reduce attendances at accident and emergency (A&E). Hospital Ambulance Liaison Officers are working with hospital staff to improve the flow of patients and coordinate one ambulance crew to care for to four patients, releasing other crews to respond to patients. A Same Day Emergency Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital receives ambulances directly, improving handover times at A&E. A £9.3 million upgrade at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will also deliver additional capacity. Further expansion plans are also being developed to manage the demand in A&E.

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