If your GP refers you to a hospital for an appointment, in most cases you can choose to go anywhere in England and can expect to be treated within 18 weeks of the referral.
You can also choose a specific consultant if appropriate, and may be referred to a private provider of health services outside the NHS at no cost to yourself.
However most people decide to have treatment as close to home as possible.
The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, are both run by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
They are large hospitals that provide a broad range of services to over 500,000 people living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales.
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist orthopaedic hospital.
It provides a comprehensive range of musculoskeletal (bone, joint and tissue) surgical, medical and rehabilitation services; locally, regionally and nationally.
There are four community hospitals in Shropshire which are run by Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.
They are at Bishop's Castle, Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Whitchurch.
The community hospitals are generally small local facilities for people who need hospital care, but don’t need an acute hospital.
They are also used by people who have left an acute hospital and need rehabilitation or recovery before they return home.
Some people will need to go to a hospital outside the immediate Shropshire area. The most commonly used are:
- New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
- University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent
- Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (Worcestershire Royal Hospital and Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre)
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
- Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust, Chester
- Hereford Hospital, Hereford
- Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham