Monthly Archives: August 2019

New Mobile (fully accessible) Library van joins Shropshire Fleet

Shropshire Libraries has welcomed a new mobile library to the fleet bringing the total in service to 3.

The Sabrina mobile library went into service earlier this month and replaces a vehicle whose lease had expired. It will visit areas around central Shropshire.

The new mobile is very light and airy and has a custom-built lift making it fully accessible. It carries the usual range of adult and junior books, talking books and also gives access to all stock in Shropshire Libraries via the e-library online catalogue.

Mobile libraries cover 280 stops across Shropshire as they bring libraries to communities and residents in the county.

If you live, work or study in Shropshire you can become a member of Shropshire Libraries – it’s free. Click here to join now and have immediate access to thousands of titles in your local library and online.

You can find more information about all stops and timings for mobile libraries across Shropshire by visiting the Shropshire Libraries website.

This link takes you directly to a map showing all libraries and mobile stops in Shropshire.

If you have any questions about mobile libraries, you can email or call 01743 255024.

SaTH screening timeline goes national

A group of staff at the Trust that runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals has overhauled an NHS Screening Timeline for their patients, and now the resource has been rolled out nationally by Public Health England.

Managers for six screening programmes at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, put their heads together after realising information about screening for patients in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin needed to improve. With the help of SaTH’s Graphic Designer, Sam Parker, they devised a timeline that runs from conception up to age of 70 and illustrates the screening services that are available to people throughout their lives – improving awareness and access for the local community.

Public Health England Screening was so impressed with the timeline that it adapted it into a double-sided resource and have made it available nationally so that others can benefit. 

“We are fortunate in this country that we have opportunity to take up various screenings at no cost to us” said Ruby, our Chair. She continued continued, “if you are invited for any type of screening, take it up, or if you think you should have been invited and have not received an invitation, then ask the question of your GP, as it could save your life “.

The screening chart below, shows at what time in our lives, we should be invited/or go for screenings. 


Do you have experience of End of Life Care?

Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin would like to know if you have experience of “End of Life Care or Palliative Care services?”

If so, they would like to hear your views. For example, did you feel that the care your loved one received was what they wanted and expected? Were they treated with dignity and did they feel listened to and their wishes respected?

The more comments received the more influence Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin has to improve services for local people.”

Telephone: 01952 739540 or email: if you have information to share.

To find out more about Telford & Wrekin Healthwatch click here:

Click here for posterend of life poster Final VersionPDF

A Good Death-Healthwatch Shropshire seek your views

Start Date:
1st August 2019

End Date:
15th September 2019

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Death and dying can be a very difficult topic to talk about. Whether the person is in hospital or being supported to die at home, there is only one chance for the providers of care to get it right.

Healthwatch Shropshire is asking if people would be willing to share their experiences of End of Life Care in the county.  For example, did you feel that the care your loved one received was what they wanted and expected? Were they treated with dignity and did they feel listened to and their wishes respected?

A recent Press Release from Healthwatch Shropshire states:

” It is really important that those providing the care are open and honest with both the patient and relatives.  Being better informed can reduce stress and anxiety and help people understand what to expect. Healthwatch Shropshire would like to know whether the language used by those giving the care was appropriate and did it prepare people for what was to happen? Were other ways of communicating found if the person’s preferences couldn’t be expressed verbally, either because of dementia or brain injury, for example?

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said: “We are keen to build up a picture of how well End of Life Care is working across Shropshire and whether people feel that they received the right support for them.” 

“We want to find out whether care for the dying is equitable across the county and if there is a joined up approach between different services to End of Life Care including out of hours services”.

People can let Healthwatch Shropshire know about their experiences by telephone 01743 237884, by email or online The more comments received the more influence Healthwatch Shropshire has to improve services for local people.”

Note: Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

Health and Well-being Festival

Start Date:
9th October 2019

End Date:
9th October 2019

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Event title: Health and Well-being Festival
Venue: Festival Drayton, Frogmore Road, Market Drayton TF9 3AX
Name: Festival Drayton
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01630 655778
Event description: Come and join us for our Free Health & Well-being event at Festival Drayton. Never been before, then come along you will be amazed how many stands we have with useful information. There will be opportunity to have FREE Hearing Tests as well as get legal advice and health information.

Safe Place Shropshire and Shropshire Disability Network will have a table with information.

Copy of Health and Wellbeing Festival Flyer 2019 - Made with PosterMyWall (1)

Escape Nights-(Taking Part)

Start Date:
4th September 2019

End Date:
4th September 2019

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Event title: Escape Nights-(Taking Part)
Venue: The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE
Name: Taking Part
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01743 363399
Event description: Escape is a disco from Taking Part – an independent service for people with health and social care needs in Shropshire, including Telford & Wrekin.

£3 entry on the door.

Further dates at The Hive are:

  • Wednesday 2nd October 2019
  • Wednesday 6th November 2019 and
  • Wednesday 4th December 2019

Escape Nights

Autism and PDA-Shrewsbury (Evening)

Start Date:
26th September 2019

End Date:
26th September 2019

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Event title: Autism and PDA-Shrewsbury (Evening)
Venue: Tesco Extra (Community Room), Battlefield Road Shrewsbury SY1 4HA
Name: Autism West Midlands
Telephone: 01743 236193
Event description: This workshop (Autism and PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) will look at the relationship between autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome and how to adapt autism strategies for demand avoidant children.

This is a free event for parent carers of children in the Shropshire Council area only

Booking Information: To book this event please visit the eShop:

For more information please contact the Shropshire Team by email or telephone 01743 236193

Festival of Ageing

Start Date:
15th October 2019

End Date:
15th October 2019

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Event title: Festival of Ageing
Venue: Shrewsbury Football Ground, Greenhous Meadow, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ST
Name: This is a Joint Venture by Several Organisations
Email: N/A
Telephone: 0345 678 9077
Event description: Join us for our Festival of Ageing and try something new ie Walking Football, Yoga, SInging, being Creative.
We will have information stalls and more.

This is an open and free event for the public, the voluntary and community sector, businesses and health and care services across the county.

A range of organisations from across Shropshire have come together to create a day to celebrate older people (but all ages are welcome), to provide information from inspirational and internationally renowned speakers about the science of ageing, and the latest thinking on what keeps us well. There will also be taster sessions of local activities for participants to try – locally available activities that we know are good for our wellbeing.

An aspiration of the day is that people feel they have been able to take part in something that interests them, from art and singing to walking football and yoga (see below for full schedule of activities). We also hope that the day increases recognition of the valuable role older people play in our communities, as well as an improved understanding about what keeps us well as we age.

There will be a ‘marketplace’ of voluntary and community sector opportunities, public services, and local community activities. People will be able to browse the market place to learn how to get involved, from partaking in local activities to volunteering and connecting with people near to home. At the marketplace, people will also be able to ask questions and learn about how health and care service are changing, and input thoughts and ideas. What can be expected from the day?

Book your place by clicking this link:


If you or someone you know would prefer to book by telephone, please call: 0345 678 9077

festival ageing poster

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Shropshire Disability Network Management Committee Nominations

Shropshire Disability Network Annual General Meeting and Members’ Meeting will be held on Thursday, 5th September 2019 at University Centre, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8HQ

There are various elections that need to take place at that meeting i.e. Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary, Deputy Secretary.  Members also need to be elected to the SDN Management Committee.

If you would like to be elected or you would like to nominate someone (please seek permission first), please complete and return the nomination form below.

SDN holds its Management meetings on the first Thursday in February, April, May, July, August, October and November of each year.  There are no meetings in the same month as Members’ Meetings.

Over the last 11 years SDN has grown and it may be that we need to look at whether it is feasible to continue to hold every Management Meeting from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, or whether it should be a mix of morning and evening meetings.  If your current work prevents you attending meetings during the day, we would ask that you continue to complete and return the nomination form to us, indicating that you would like meeting times to be varied.

Click here to download a nomination form: SDN Nomination Form 2019

Click here for further details of our meeting on Thursday 5th September 2019

SaTH Community Working Together Meetings

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is committed to working with our communities to make sure we deliver the best healthcare for people living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales.

As well as being responsible for our People’s Academies, the Community Engagement team organise quarterly Community Working Together meetings in Telford and Shrewsbury where local people are invited to come along to find out what is happening at their hospital, and talk to the team about anything they think we need to know.

If you would like our Community Engagement team to attend your meeting, or community event, please contact the office on 01743 491473, or email

These events give you an opportunity to find out what is happening at your local hospital, and to talk to members of the Executive team.


  • Urgent Care Update (including A&E)
  • NHS Long Term Plan
  • SaTH Patient Strategy
  • CQC & Special Measures Update
  • Questions from the Community

These meetings are open to everyone living in the areas served by our hospitals, and we would be grateful if you could share the invitation with your networks. If there is anything specific you would like information on, please let us know in advance.

Meetings will take place at Hamar Centre, Shrewsbury and Meeting Point House, Telford on the dates below:

Tuesday 03 September 2019 – 10am-12pm Meeting Point House, Telford
Thursday 05 September 2019 – 10am-12pm Hamar Centre, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
Tuesday 03 December 2019 – 10am-12pm Meeting Point House, Telford
Thursday 5 December 2019 – 10am-12pm Hamar Centre, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Please click on the links above or email to confirm your attendance if you would like to come along to any of the meetings.