Information leaflets

We provide written information to patients, carers and relatives. This includes general information about our hospitals and services, and specific clinical information about procedures, treatments, medication and medical conditions. All of our patient information leaflets are certified with The Information Standard.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals patient information leaflets

Audiology
Apollo surgery hearing clinics
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Boldmere Hearing Clinic
City Hospital Hearing Services Centre
Hearing Aid Battery Centres Directory
Moving from child to adult hearing aid support services
Sandwell Audiology Service
Sandwell Audiology Service (child)
Your child’s visit to Boldmere Hearing Clinic
Your child’s visit to the Hearing Services Centre
Your hearing assessment appointment

Bereavement
Bereavement Support Directory
Breast care following the loss of your baby
Taking your baby home (information for bereaved parents)
Taking your child home (information for bereaved parents)
The loss of your baby

Breast
Breast duct excision
Patient initiated follow-up
What to expect when you are referred to the breast unit at the Birmingham Treatment Centre
Vacuum-Assisted Core biopsy

Breast Screening
Advice following assessment at the breast unit
Breast screening: what happens next?
Invitation to breast screening
Your assessment at the Breast Unit

Bowel Cancer Screening
Having a colonoscopy
Having a flexible sigmoidoscopy
Preparing for your colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy (afternoon appointment)
Preparing for your colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy (morning appointment)

Cancer Services
Free prescriptions for people with cancer
Headways hair loss advisory and support service
Your lung cancer team

Cardiology
Sandwell Community Heart Failure Service
Transoesophageal Echocardiogram

Colorectal
Colostomy irrigation
The bowel function service

Complaints (and PALS)
Your views matter

Continence (community)
Bladder Retraining
Bladder Symptom Clinic
Female pelvic floor exercises
Home delivery service for continence products 
Male pelvic floor exercises
Sandwell Continence Support Group
Trial without catheter (TWOC)

Critical Care
Road to recovery   

Dermatology
Botulinum toxin injections for hyperhidrosis of the armpits
Laser hair removal
Laser resurfacing
Laser treatment for pigmented marks
Prescription charges for NHS wigs
Pulsed-dye laser treatment

Diabetes
Hypoglycaemia

Discharge advice
Leaving the hospital

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit
Threatened miscarriage

Elderly Care
Oldbury and Smethwick Elderly Care Co-ordinator Service

Endocrinology
Anti-thyroid drugs
Hypothyroidism
Radioactive iodine treatment for an overactive thyroid

Gastroenterology / Endoscopy
Advice following a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy with entonox
Advice following a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy with sedation
Advice following a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy without sedation
Advice following a gastroscopy with local anaesthetic throat spray
Advice following a gastroscopy with sedation
Having a colonoscopy
Having a fibroscan
Having a flexible sigmoidoscopy
Having a gastropexy feeding tube
Having a gastroscopy
Having an endoscopic ultrasound
Having a PEG feeding tube
Laxative instructions (afternoon appointment)
Laxative instructions (morning appointment)
Liver Biopsy
Managing your diabetes when taking laxative bowel preparation
Preparing for a gastroscopy when you have diabetes

Gynaecology
An inconclusive pregnancy scan
Drainage of Bartholin cyst (abscess)
Endometrial pipelle biopsy
Localised, provoked vulval vestibulitis – a cause of painful sex
Outpatient hysteroscopy
Patient-initiated follow up
Preventing vulval pain and irritation
Squamous cell hyperplasia and lichen planus
The Dartmouth Clinic sexual health services
The mirena intrauterine system (IUS)
Thermachoice and Novasure – Treatments for heavy menstrual bleeding
Welcome to the Emergency Gyaecology Assessment Unit
Your Multidisciplinary Team

Health Visiting
Sandwell Health Visiting Service
The dangers of propping a baby’s bottle

Heart Failure (community)
Sandwell Community Heart Failure Service

Immunology
Urticaria and angioedema

Infection Prevention and Control
Clostridium difficile
Group A Streptococcal Infection
Helping us to reduce the risk of cross infection
Influenza (flu)
MRSA general information
MRSA Screening (elective patients)
MRSA Screening (emergency patients)
Norovirus
Tuberculosis (TB)
Washing patients laundry at home

Integrated Care Service
Home Accident Prevention Service 

Intermediate Care
Early supported discharge after a stroke
Your re-ablement at Alsop House Intermediate Care Centre
Your re-ablement at Manby House Intermediate Care Centre
Your re-ablement at Waterside Intermediate Care Centre
Welcome to Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre

Maternity
After the birth of your baby
Breastfeeding support groups
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in pregnancy
Giving birth after a previous caesarean section
Giving birth by caesarean section
Giving birth when your baby is in breech position at the end of your pregnancy
Induction of labour
Keeping healthy during pregnancy 
Labour, What happens and how it can be managed
Membrane sweep
Monitoring your baby during labour
Perineal tears
Pregnancy Advice for Gypsy, Roma and Travellers
Vitamin K supplement for newborns
Your antenatal appointments
Your waters have broken but your labour hasn’t started yet

Multiple sclerosis (community)
Sandwell Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Community Service

Neonatal
Welcome to the Neonatal Unit

Neurology
Essential tremor
Lumbar puncture
Multiple Sclerosis specialist nurse service

Neurophysiology
Emily’s having an EEG (a story for children) 
Evoked potential tests
Nerve conduction studies
Nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG)
Welcome to Neurophysiology at City Hospital
What is a sleep EEG? (adult)
What is a sleep EEG? (child)
What is an ambulatory EEG?
What is an EEG?

Nutrition and Dietetics
Coeliac disease
Egg allergy
Fish and shellfish allergy  
Food and water safety for people with HIV

How to follow a low residue diet
How to increase the fibre in your diet

Milk allergy
Nut allergy
Parenteral Nutrition
Sesame allergy
Wheat allergy
Your diet following Nissen’s fundoplication
Using a red tray and red beaker or mug in hospital
Using safety mittens in hospital
Vitamin D deficiency

Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing
Medical assessments for taxi drivers
Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV
Sharps and splash injuries

Ophthalmology
A lazy eye (amblyopia)
Age-related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)
Annual diabetes eye screening
Cataracts and Cataract Surgery
Closed Angle Glaucoma
Jump convergence exercise
Need local eye services?
Open Angle Glaucoma
Squint
Visudyne Therapy
Wearing glasses

Orthoptics
Atropine eye drops before refraction
Cyclopentolate hydrochloride eye drops (1 drop) before refraction
Cyclopentolate hydrochloride eye drops (2 drops) before refraction

Outpatients
Partial booking – a new way of booking your follow-up appointment

Paediatrics
Bronchiolitis
Caring for a child under 5 years who has a fever
Children’s wards Frequently asked questions 
Congenital hypothyroidism
Croup
Epilepsy
Febrile Convulsions
Gastroenteritis
Health eating for children
Healthy eating for young people with type 1 diabetes
Healthy lifestyle for young people with type 2 diabetes
Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (HSP)
Hydrocortisone injection
Iron in your child’s diet
Lumbar Puncture 
Medically unexplained physical symptoms
Meningitis
My diabetes handbook
Nephrotic Syndrome
Paediatric community nursing team
Preventing pressure ulcers
Prolonged jaundice
Sandwell young adult diabetes clinic
The arginine test
The clinical psychology service
The clinical psychology service for children and young people with diabetes
The Community Paediatric Palliative Care Team
The HCG test
The HCG test for adolescents
The hydrocortisone day curve test
The IGF-1 generation test
The LHRH test
The oral glucose tolerance test
The short synacthen test
Welcome to Lyndon Ground ward at Sandwell General Hospital

Pain Management
Amitriptyline
Capsaicin cream
Duloxetine
Gabapentin
Pain management programme
Pregabalin
Psychology services

Palliative Care
Anticipatory medicines
My Life
‘Off-label’ medicines
Syringe driver

The hospital palliative care team
The last days of life
The Supportive Care Pathway

Palliative Care (Community)
The Hospice at Home Service
Welcome to the Bradbury House Day Hospice

Parkinson’s (Community)
Community parkinson’s nurse service   

Pathology
Collecting a 24 hour urine sample

Patient Experience
Same-sex accommodation
Information about your loved one with dementia

Patient Transport
A guide to patient transport

Pharmacy
Bringing your own medication into hospital

Physiotherapy
Elbow crutches
Exercises following knee arthroscopy
Exercises following shoulder surgery

Physiotherapy advice following foot surgery
Wearing a sling following shoulder surgery
Your thermoplastic splint

Physiotherapy (paediatric)
Calcaneovalgus
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
Positional Talipes
Serial casting
Toe walking

Planned Admissions Unit
Welcome to the Planned Admissions Unit

Plastic surgery
Caring for your surgical wound

Radiology
Managing your diabetes when taking laxative bowel preparation  

Respiratory (hospital)
Using and looking after your nebulizer and compressor

Respiratory (community)
Home oxygen therapy
Home oxygen therapy removal
Keeping well in winter if you have a long term respiratory condition
Sandwell Community Respiratory Service
Spirometry testing (post bronchodilator)
Spirometry testing (Reversibility testing)

Rheumatology
Welcome to the Rheumatology Department

Risk Management
Being Open – How we will be open with you if things go wrong while you are in our care

Sexual Health and Contraception
Sandwell Family Planning and Sexual Health services
Tests for sexually transmitted infections
The Dartmouth Clinic sexual health services

Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia
All about thalassaemia
Chelation therapy for iron overload
Desferrioxamine chelation therapy  
Employment and sickle cell disease 
Hydroxycarbamide for the treatment of sickle cell disease
Introduction to alpha thalassaemia
Introduction to beta thalassaemia 
Living with sickle cell disease
Moving from child to adult sickle cell disease services
Painkillers (analgesia)
Pregnancy advice for women with sickle cell disease
Priapism
Risk of infection in Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle Cell Trait
Supporting the National Haemoglobinopathy Registry

Speech and Language Therapy
Advice for children with voice problems
Referral to speech and language therapy for help establishing a stronger voice
Referral to speech and language therapy for vocal cord palsy
Referral to speech and language therapy for voice difficulties
Voice care after your microlaryngoscopy operation
Voice care during radiotherapy
Voice care for people experiencing dysphonia (voice problems)
Voice care for teachers
What to do when your laryngectomy valve leaks
Your appointment at the Speech and Language Therapy Department at City Hospital
Your appointment at the Speech and Language Therapy Department at Sandwell Hospital

Stroke
Welcome to the Acute Stroke and Neurology Unit

Trauma and Orthopaedics
Hip replacement
Knee replacement
Preparing for hip or knee replacement surgery

Tissue Viability
Preventing pressure ulcers

Urogynaecology
Colpocleisis

Urology
Enhanced recovery
Flow rate test
Urodynamic investigation

Vascular
Aspirin
Graduated compression hosiery (stockings)
Intermittent Claudication
Larvae therapy: Using maggots to help your wound to heal

Statins
Venous Leg Ulcers

Welcome
Welcome to the Adult Surgical Unit
Welcome to the Henderson Re-ablement Unit
Welcome to the Medical Assessment Unit
Welcome to the Neonatal Unit
Welcome to the Planned Admissions Unit

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