Shropshire

Rainbow Children's Cancer Unit future considered

Maternity service at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
Image caption Children's and maternity services are moving from Shrewsbury to Telford

Detailed plans to turn a children's cancer unit into a training centre for nurses and doctors are set to be discussed in Shropshire.

The Rainbow Children's Cancer Unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will close when children's services move to the Princess Royal in Telford in 2014.

Members of the public had suggested six options for the unit's future use.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust picked the training centre as its preferred option for the building.

The Legacy Task Group, made up of hospital staff and family members of patients, will hear more detailed plans about the proposals from the trust at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

Under the proposals, the training unit would have "a special emphasis on children's services and cancer services" and some of the rooms could also be used as a training facility and meeting space for community groups, a trust spokeswoman said.

Following the meeting, more detailed plans will go before the trust board on 1 November, which will have the final decision.

The changes, which were approved by the Strategic Health Authority in May, aimed to focus services at one hospital, rather than being split across the two sites. The main paediatric and maternity units will move to Telford, while acute surgery will be based in Shrewsbury.

The trust is looking for volunteers to to take part in workshops to create an artwork at the hospital which would "serve as a lasting legacy" of the Rainbow unit.

The unit opened in 2004 through funding raised by the charity, the Lingen Davies Cancer Relief Fund.

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