The final consultation for changes to hospital services in Shrewsbury and Telford, which will affect patients in Mid Wales, took place in Welshpool on Thursday, August 31 - but there's still time for people to get their voices heard.

The Future Fit programme's proposals involve changing the services provided by the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, so that one provides emergency care, including women's and children's services, and the other provides planned services.

Future Fit's preferred option is for the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to become the emergency care site and the Princess Royal Hospital to become the planned care site.

However, this decision is not set in stone, and Future Fit are keen to hear the views of the many patients who use and rely on the services across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Mid Wales.

That's why they've been running a public consultation for the last few months; setting up talks and meetings with members of the public to let them know about the changes and to hear what they have to say about them.

The consultation period was initially supposed to end on Tuesday, September 4, but has since been extended by a week.

The final event for the consultation took place on Thursday evening at the Royal Oak in Welshpool. Members of the public were able to watch an informative video, speak to experts from various areas of the NHS, and fill out and submit a survey.

Carol Shillabeer, the chief executive of Powys Teaching Health Board, was at the event. She said it's a tricky time to get people involved in the summer, but wants to encourage people to get their voices heard so that "Future Fit will get a very clear view for Powys".

She said: "It really does impact the people of Powys and of Welshpool.

"It's important for the people of Welshpool not to think it's a done deal, and to make their voices heard.

"The key message for me is for people to use their time. I want to stress it's really important to give your views."

The consultation period ends on Tuesday, September 11.

People can share their views online or by contacting their elected representatives.