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23rd April 2020

Dear Customer 
Westbury Post Office® Nigel Farr Farm Services, Shrewsbury, SY5 9QP 
Branch Temporary Closure 
We are writing to inform you that, regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances the above branch closed temporarily on Wednesday, 08 April 2020.  Please accept my apologies for the late notification on this occasion. 
 Currently it is unclear how long this branch will remain temporarily closed. The Coronavirus pandemic is clearly having a big impact on all businesses countrywide and things are changing daily, however we can assure you that we will continue to work to find a solution that will restore Post Office services to the local community.   
If you have any questions you would like to raise about this matter, please write to me via the National Consultation Team at the address shown at the end of the letter.  Please note that your comments will not be kept confidential unless you expressly ask us do so by clearly marking them “In Confidence”. 
Any future changes to service provision would be handled in line with our Principles of Community Engagement.  A copy is available at the end of this letter. 
Posters will be displayed in the branch to inform customers. 
It would be helpful if you could share this information with any local groups or organisations that you know within the community, for example on noticeboards, local charities and in GP surgeries, to help our customers and your constituents understand what is happening to the Post Office in the local community. If you would like a supply of these posters please let us know.  
We hope that our customers will continue to use Post Office services at any convenient branch. You can also use our Branch Finder tool, Post Office Branch Finder  for the latest available branch information. 
We apologise for the inconvenience the temporary closure may cause. 
Yours faithfully 
 Carol Y Williams  Change Manager 

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21st April 2020
Dear all
With no end to the lock down in sight and potentially even after the current
level of restrictions are relaxed, there may well still be some level of
control on interactivity within society. People are getting very creative
with ideas for overcoming the lack of social interactivity and celebrations;
I was wondering therefore about the forthcoming 75 year anniversary of VE
day. We had planned all sorts of things and it had promised to be a fund
weekend of celebrations. What if......
What if we still had our garden parties, each in our own gardens. What if we
filmed this and put our pictures on facebook on our village news sites or
even came together on Zoom. What if we all flew Union Jack flags and perhaps
a little period music played quietly in our gardens. What if we all did this
at the same time, say 4:00pm afternoon tea, Friday 8th May 2020. We could
wear our parents memorabilia if we have it. We could ring the church bells
and fly a flag from the top. So long as it was all done just within the
household unit or within social distancing guidelines. We are allowed a
little exercise so we could leave a tribute at the war memorial, wearing
gloves etc of course.
Is there any appetite at all for celebrating or just marking this key date in
the Parish? We could bring our own gardens to life with an afternoon tea with
a photo of a loved one from 1945 on the table.
Rev David Moss
17th April 2020


(Supported by Worthen Doctors Surgery)


These are difficult times.

Many people are suddenly without work, without money and without food.

Many, for the first time in their lives


No man, women or child in our communities should go hungry in 2020




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17th April 2020

Urgent Care Centres at RSH and PRH



The NHS is currently facing an unprecedented situation regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Health services in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin are taking measures to provide the safest care and best possible experience for patients during this time.


From Thursday 16 April, Urgent Care Centres (UCCs) at Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) will temporarily relocate to the Minor Injury Units (MIUs) in Whitchurch and Bridgnorth to form two Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs).


People with major injuries and illnesses, such as head injuries and breathing difficulties should still attend A&E. The Emergency Departments at PRH and RSH remain open and fully operational 24-hours-a-day, however, these changes will allow us to free up capacity to support those with more serious illnesses and injuries who need the level of care offered at hospital.


The two new UTCs will provide treatment for patients where their care needs are urgent, but non-life threatening. In Bridgnorth, the UTC will be open from 9am to 9pm, seven-days-a-week and be staffed by a rota of GPs and doctors and nurses from SaTH. There will be a GP-led service for minor illnesses and injuries including minor cuts, dislocations and back pain. An enhanced service will also be offered in Whitchurch, with opening hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

The county’s other two MIUs, at Ludlow and Oswestry, remain open for minor injuries and illnesses. The opening hours of these units can be found at The two MIUs and the new look UTCs at Bridgnorth and Whitchurch offer a walk-in service and do not require appointments or referral. The MIU in Welshpool is currently appointment only and contact details can be found on the Powys Teaching Health Board website.

Dr Arne Rose, Medical Director at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs RSH and PRH, said: “The safety and wellbeing of all of our patients is our priority. These temporary changes will make sure we are looking after patients who need our care for urgent but non-life threatening situations, minor injuries and illnesses, and also those that need more specialist care in our A&E departments.

“We know some patients have expressed concern about taking up the time of our doctors and nurses in our hospitals at this difficult time and we are very grateful for their support. It is very important that people continue to access urgent care when they need it and we hope the availability of the Urgent Treatment Centres encourage them to do so.”



Jane Povey, Medical Director at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said: “We would like to thank people in advance for their understanding and reassure them that these changes are temporary. They are being managed in a planned way with the best interests of local people and our staff in mind.”

Patients with coronavirus symptoms should follow the government advice by staying at home and using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. NHS111 will direct those people with symptoms requiring healthcare support to attend the emergency departments at either of the two hospitals.

Anyone requiring medical assistance outside of the opening hours of the two UTCs and two MIUs should call NHS 111 and in an emergency, 999.

Among other measures taken by SaTH to help reduce the spread of coronavirus are the suspension of visiting at both hospitals and a restriction in the number of entrances open to the public at the two hospitals.

You can play your part by following the Government’s advice:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family that do not live with you


Please remember that you can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.


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