Visiting to be re-introduced at Trust hospitals

In-patient visiting is to be re-introduced at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals from Tuesday 3 May, after it was previously suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors will be asked to continue to help restrict the spread of the virus by following some key requirements, including wearing face masks and observing social distancing when in the hospitals.

Throughout the pandemic, and in line with national guidelines, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the county’s two acute hospitals, has needed to restrict visiting to adult wards to just compassionate visiting and for those patients with specific needs.

This will now change from Tuesday 3 May, with all adult in-patients allowed one visitor per day, as well as continuing to provide the additional flexibility and support needed for compassionate visiting. Separate arrangements remain in place for Critical Care, Maternity, Children’s wards, and the Neonatal Unit.

COVID-19 numbers in the hospitals remain at significant levels and – in order to protect those being cared for, visitors, and staff – visitors will be asked to not attend if they are COVID-19 positive, are showing relevant symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. Full details of the new arrangements in place for visiting can be seen on SaTH’s website: and visitors are asked to please check the website before coming to the hospitals.

Hayley Flavell, Director of Nursing at SaTH, said:
Suspending visiting was a very difficult decision to make as we know how important it is to patients, and friends and family alike, but it was a necessary one given we care for some of the most sick and vulnerable in society. We are very pleased now to be able to welcome visitors back into our hospitals and will continue to do everything we can to ensure those we care for are supported by their own loved ones.
“We recognise the real impacts the restrictions had on those staying in our hospitals and we’d like to again thank our communities for their patience and understanding during this time. COVID-19 remains a very real issue for us, and the wider health system, and we ask that people continue to help us help our patients by following the new guidelines in place.

Whilst the visiting restrictions have been in place, the Trust has provided a range of other options and alternatives to allow patients and their friends and families to keep in touch. These options will remain in place and include support from our Chaplaincy Team; access for patients to ward iPads/mobile phones if they do not have a mobile phone; and the ability to send a message to those in hospital through our website.

The visiting arrangements and remaining restrictions will be kept under constant review in line with national guidelines.


Doorstep Carols

Doorstep CarolsBritain’s Christmas Singalong
It’s a new Christmas tradition!

  • Doorstep Carols returns this year to unite the nation in song on Wednesday, December 15th at 6pm, supported by local BBC radio and BBC Sounds. It has been adopted as the Local BBC Radio ‘Make a Difference’ campaign, following BBC Children in Need.
  • The free, inclusive, charitable event aims to promote the social and psychological benefits of singing together again after the pandemic
  • It is supported by: Sir Tim Rice, British Conductor Suzi Dibgy OBE, Military Wives Choirs, Popchoir, Voices Foundation and Project Get Singing, among others
  • This year is a combination of ‘hub’ events nationwide and singing in the streets – tune in to local radio, download the words at and SING!


Mums and Toddlers

thumbnail (1)Aims:

  • To bring together the new and growing number of families who have very young children.
  • To give opportunities for the children to learn to socialise with others.
  • To hopefully allow the children to make friendships which will last a lifetime.
  • Similarly, their parents.

Ash Village Hall
2:00 pm – 3.30 pm Monday and Thursday
(Initially, throughout August – trial period)

For the trial period we are asking for donations to cover the rent for the hall. Any donations of suitable toys would always be very welcome.

Toddlers must bring a parent/ grandparent/guardian with them who will remain responsible for them at all times. In line with recommendations, we will not be providing sugary drinks or snacks. Covid protections will be the responsibility of individual parents but organisers will endeavour to keep everything as sanitised as possible.

August 2021 is being looked upon as a trial period, at the end of which everything can be reviewed, ie location, days, times, costs, personnel involved etc and the group can look to becoming formalised if the need is there.

Road Closure A41 northbound

Road Closure:  A41 Northbound Prees Heath island to Heath Road is all the time

Start Date: 30th July 2021
End Date: 27th August 2021

Purpose: Surface Dressing Site 456 Prep Works 30 July (Night Works 19:30-06:00) Dressing Works 31 July – 03 August (Night Works 19:30-06:00) Grass Cutting Works 04 August – 05 August (Daytime working) Lining Works 26 August – 27 August (Night Works 19:30-06:00) PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE WORKS ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT AND THEREFORE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Works Promoter:   Shropshire Council
Works Promoter Ref: UJ212SD-000456
Enforcement pattern for A41 Northbound Prees Heath island to Heath Road is: All the time

You can view the closure and diversion route by clicking here:

Should you have any queries regarding this closure, please call Customer Services on 0345 6789006, or contact the Street Works Team on

National Day of Reflection – 23 March 2021

Join Marie Curie for the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, a National Day of Reflection to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future

Take a Minute

Pause on your doorstep to observe the national minute of silence at 12 noon; together, we’ll honour loved ones who have died and reflect on the challenges we have overcome.

Shine a Light

At 8:00 pm stand outside with a candle or torch or place a light in your window to show your support.

Rapid Testing

From Shropshire Council – Stay Safe in the Workplace 
Overall our infection rate in the county has been coming down, but not as fast as we would like. We know that businesses and organisations are working hard to keep their sites COVID-19-safe, but we have seen a recent spike in cases linked to workplaces. 
Whether you’re a staff member or business owner, please continue to do all you can to help stop the spread of coronavirus

Government Advice:
Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without displaying any symptoms, therefore regular testing for people with no symptoms will help to find positive cases earlier and break chains of transmission.”

Frontline and key workers are advised to take a lateral flow test to identify more positive cases, reduce the spread of infection and protect lives and livelihoods.

The nearest rapid test centre will open in Wem on 22nd February. If you live along the A41 you may find it easier to access the test centre in Newport.

To book a test in Wem or Shrewsbury click here

To book a test in Newport click here.

Do not use this service or go to a test site, GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy if you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Order a test for people with symptoms online or call 119.


Shaping for Mission – Listening to our Community

Shaping for Mission is the work in Lichfield Diocese to strengthen our life of discipleship, vocation and evangelism while facing a significant reduction in financial income.

The project aims to determine the mission of the Churches in our area. Deaneries are working together as they look for the gifts, strengths, opportunities and challenges, by reaching out to the communities they serve to gather the information needed to form a faithful vision for their future.

If you live in the ecclesiastical parish of Christ Church, Ash we would like to hear from you. 

Our survey is one side of A4 with 7 questions. Please help us by completing the survey either online here, or

download it, complete it and e-mail to, or

Print and post a hard copy to Revd. Catherine McBride, The Vicarage, Mount Lane, Market Drayton, TF9 1AQ  

Download in word 

Download pdf. 

Thank you

COVID-19 Extension Grant Funding for Small Businesses

Shropshire Council has just launched COVID-19 Extension Grant Funding for Small Business. The grants are now live and are targeting those businesses who weren’t eligible for the small business and retail, leisure and hospitality grants.  information

For more information click here 

The purpose of this extension grant scheme is to support businesses who to date have been ineligible for Government grant funding.

It seeks to prioritise those who are based in locations where no business rate payment is made directly to Government, via Shropshire Council.

The Government has prioritised the following sectors, so the first round of this competitive funding round is now open exclusively for these businesses and will close at 23.59pm on Sunday 7 June 2020.

  • Small businesses in shared offices or flexible workspaces (such as units in industrial parks and incubators) which do not have their own business rates assessment. Grant funding available of £2,500 per business in office accommodation (B1), up to £10,000 if located in industrial / warehouse facility (B2 & B8).
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment. Grant funding of £2,500 per trader.
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates. Grant funding of £2,500 available for businesses operating premises with less than 6 beds, which is the expected number to pay Council Tax.
  • Charities that are based in commercial properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which has not been eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant can apply for £5,000 grant funding.

Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as we will have to manage the limited funds on a first come first served basis.

After that time it is hoped there will be further competitive funding rounds over a period of 4 weeks that will each be open for 7 days but these further rounds are reliant on unallocated funding being available, so cannot be guaranteed.

Press Release 

Application Form

Terms and Conditions 


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Health, care and wellbeing support & services during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Health, care and wellbeing support & services during the Covid-19 pandemic

Healthwatch Shropshire wants to know how the current pandemic is affecting people in Shropshire, their well-being, how they are finding useful information, how they are being supported, what helps them cope and how their experience of health and social care has been affected.

They are trying to establish what is working well, where the gaps are and where people feel things could be improved.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer, explained, “At Healthwatch Shropshire we know that staff and volunteers from across health, social care and the charity sector are working hard to support people in the community during the Coronavirus outbreak. Local organisations  from across the health and care system are working closely together to respond to COVID-19 whilst ensuring that essential everyday services carry on.

These organisations want to know what people think about the support available and if there are any gaps so they can make sure they are working as best they can for the people who use them. To help do this we have published a short survey asking people about their experiences and will share this feedback anonymously with the people organising services so they can see what is working well and where improvements could be made.”

Survey and more information:

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.