A public consultation over the future of hospital services in Worcestershire has been postponed following trust bosses' decision to amend their proposed £20 million savings plan.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - which runs Redditch's Alexandra Hospital, Kidderminster Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital - had hoped to make the necessary cuts by next April.
Some suggestions such as the downgrading of Alexandra Hospital by moving "big ticket" services like A&E, cancer surgery and critical care to Worcester had worried residents across the county.
In order to take public fears and views into consideration, the formal consultation process - which was due to begin in January - has been put back to a yet to be decided date.
The project board has opted not to reduce facilities or services at Kidderminster Treatment Centre, with more day cases to be transferred there and to the Alexandra Hospital.
Proposals to extend the trust's PFI contract, under which the new Worcestershire Royal Hospital was financed, from 25 to 30 years, has also been scrapped. But the most emotive issue has been the suggested changed to accident and emergency provision at the Alexandra and Worcestershire Royal.
Michael O'Riordan, the trust's chairman, said: " Although A&E represents a relatively small percentage of our total activity, it is one of the most visible and emotive aspects of our service. The complete closure of the A&E unit at the Alexandra has never been put forward as an option.
"However, more work is going to be done to assess whether we might be able to treat emergency surgical and trauma patients more effectively in a centralised unit at Worcester, but leaving medical care (including coronary care) at the Alexandra, together with the care of the many patients treated as minor injuries."
He added: "We have also decided, following many comments and further work, that there is nothing to be gained from changing cancer outpatient services, and they will continue to be provided on all three sites for the foreseeable future. It has now become clear that more detailed work is needed."