Saved Our Beds!

We did it!

On Thursday 4th April 2024 Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust made the decision that the inpatient services at Bishop's Castle Community Hosptial will reopen.

Enormous thanks to them, to all members of the campaign group, our local councillors, members of the press,  everyone who signed the petition, joined the march, promoted the recruitment drive, donated to the fighting fund, and everyone else who helped support this campaign along the way.

How people power won the day in NHS fight - BBC News

Campaigners win their fight to reopen Community Hospital in Shropshire - ITV News

'We trust the trust and they trust us' – Town celebrates after rare victory to save hospital beds - Shropshire Star

Bishop's Castle Community Hospital to remain open - County Times

Inpatient beds to reopen at Bishop’s Castle Community Hospital - Shropshire Live

Hundreds joined the march on 3rd August

August Update

Phase 1 of the campaign saw a petition of 2,630 signatures gathered in a couple of weeks and handed to the health trust bosses.

Hundreds attended a protest in Bishop’s Castle, adding further weight to our cause and gaining media attention.

The health trust responded to the public outcry and deferred their decision by a month. They commissioned an HR expert to conduct a review of their recruitment attempts so far.

We await the trust’s final decision on 7th September.

If they make the right decision we will work with them to help find solutions to any barriers slowing down the reopening of our hospital. If they make the wrong decision then we are prepared to fight them all the way.

Either way, we are researching, planning, networking, and preparing our responses on behalf of our rural communities.

Mayor Josh Dickin delivered the the petition of 2630 signatures to the Shropcom Chief Executive and Chair of the board