A PROJECT to revamp hospitals in Worcestershire has been given the go-ahead to go out to consultation.

The Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire project has won approval from NHS England to progress to a formal assurance panel in July.

The ambitious scheme involves a number of changes to emergency care in the county, including taking the most seriously unwell patients to Worcestershire Royal Hospital and setting up a midwife-led maternity unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Independent chairman of the Future of Acute Hospitals in Worcestershire programme board Jo Newton said a great deal of progress had been made over the past few months.

“Clinicians across the county have worked hard to produce robust clinical models which give us a blueprint for the future of hospital care in Worcestershire for many years to come,” she said.

The 12-week public consultation into the plans is scheduled to start in September and patients in South Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Solihull and Birmingham are expected to be included.

For more information visit www.worcfuturehospitals.co.uk.