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Staff member Fikirini treats Lance

The service aims to provide high quality and responsive care to meet the needs of the children, young people and their families  across the area and is the largest paediatric department in the West Midlands.

The main wards are situated at Sandwell Hospital, but we also have services at City Hospital, including the Children’s Emergency Care Unit (CECU) and outpatient clinics in the Birmingham Treatment Centre and community locations. We provide tailored services for a wide range of specialties lead by a team of specialists. For more information please see the services tab.

We have an excellent clinical team including highly qualified specialist consultants and nurses.

To keep up to date with all relevant advice and treatments for a wide range of conditions please see our patient information page which provides links to multiple information leaflets.

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The Trust has 21 consultants covering pediatrics. All nursing staff on the Unit are qualified and/or have experience in looking after children and young people.

City Hospital and Sandwell General Hospital are both teaching hospitals and you may be asked if you mind student doctors and student nurses participating in your child’s care. You are not obliged and may decline to participate, but we do need your help in order to train future doctors and nurses and would appreciate your co-operation.

If you are interested in working with the team go to where you can find our latest job vacancies. 


Group Director for Women’s and Child Health
Professor Nick Makwana

Group Director of Operations
Jade Payne

Group Director of Nursing
Cheryl Newton 

Head of Service ( General Manager)
Sharondeep Nagra 

Clinical Director
Dr Maria Atkinson

Acute Paediatric Matron
Jackie Williams

Clinical Lead Acute and Community Paediatrics 
Petrina Marsh


Dr Rajesh Pandey, Specialties:Neurodisability and Epilepsy

Dr Juliana Chizo Agwu
Hon. Associate Professor / Deputy Cheif Medical Officer
Specialty: Clinical Lead in Paediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology

Dr Meenakshi Bandhakavi
Specialty: Diabetes and Endocrinology

Dr Dilip Kumar Gandhi
Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children Sandwell
Specialties: Epilepsy, Neurodisability

Dr Chetana Kallappa
Specialty: Clinical Lead for Epilepsy and Sleep disorders

Professor Nick Makwana, 
Honorary Professor ( Insitute of Clinical Sciences), University of Birmingham Specialty: Clinical Lead for Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Dr Maria Atkinson
Specialty: Respiratory Medicine and Allergy

Dr Ribena Akhter
Specialty: Respiratory Medicine

Dr Leah Simpson
Specialty: Nephrology 

Dr Gaurav Popli
Specialty: Haematology and Gastroenterology
Named Doctor for Safeguarding

Dr Fatima Zahir
Specialty:Emergency Medicine

Dr Yvonne Beuvink
Specialty:Infectious Diseases and Allergy 

Dr Sofia Omar
Speciality:Infectious Diseases and Allergy

Dr Charlotte Avann
Speciality: Diabetes and Endocrinology

Dr Saaduz Zaman

Dr Atanu Mukherjee
Speciality: Respiratory Medicine and Allergy.

Dr Sohail Nassir

Dr Fozia Roked (Due to Commence in Post November 2023)

Dr Amrit Dhesi
Speciality: Allergy

Dr Indu Mahabeer
Designated Doctor for Children in Care, Medical Advisor 
Speciality: Neurodisability

Dr Menik Upatissa
Speciality: Neurodisability


We treat children aged from 0-16 years. We also care for some young people aged over 16 years who have needs better facilitated in a paediatric environment.

We have inpatient and outpatient facilities within Sandwell and City Hospitals. However, we also have community teams to support our children and families to help prevent admission to hospital and achieve safe early discharges.

The Children’s Services provides safe care for infants, children, young people and their families. within Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.   This provision consists of both assessment, short stay, inpatient, adolescent services and high dependency care.  There are dedicated facilities to allow parents to stay with their child during their hospital admission.   

Peadiatric Assessment Unit ( PAU – City Hospital)

This consists of a six-bedded short stay unit for children requiring a short period of observation of up to 18 hours. Children are assessed and treated before either being discharged, or admitted to an inpatient ward.  

Children requiring more than an 18-hour stay are transferred to the inpatient children’s unit at Sandwell Hospital. The unit is staffed 24 hours, seven days per week by nurses and medical staff that are trained in all aspects of paediatric care, including children requiring high-dependency care and resuscitation.

Children are treated in the unit for a wide range of conditions and attend as walk-in patients, GP/community referrals, or emergency ambulance admissions. 

Lyndon Ground: 

This is an 18-bed Paediatric Assessment Unit which also houses an inpatient adolescent area and short-stay beds.

Lyndon One:

This is a 24-bed inpatient facility that houses a dedicated HDU ( high dependency ) Unit. 

Medical Day / Priory Ground and Children’s outpatients (OPD):

We are a cross-site team that covers outpatients, investigations, and day surgery. We work closely with our long-term patients and their families for continuing care needs. 

Children’s Out-Patients 

We provide a cross-site outpatient service and offer a range of specialist clinics for children. We also operate community clinics from community locations.

These include:

  • General clinics
  • Allergies – click here to find out more about this service.
  • Cardiology (heart problems)
  • Developmental
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine (glandular problems)
  • Epilepsy (convulsions and fits)
  • Haematology (blood disorders)
  • Rheumatology
  • Respiratory and Asthma 
  • Sleep Disorders 
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epilepsy
  • Genetics
  • Looked after children
  • General orthopedic surgery (bones and joints)
  • General plastic surgery
  • General surgery
  • Renal (kidneys)
  • Rheumatology (joints, muscles and tendons)
  • General urology (reproductive organs and waste urine issues)

There is also a sophisticated radiology department at both Sandwell and City Hospitals that offer X-Ray, CT and MRI scanning.

Specialist support for children’s services comes from pharmacy, laboratory services and many other medical areas. Community services are supported by physiotherapists, speech and language therapists together with nursery nurses and occupational therapists.

We also offer the following (please click on each service to read more about them).

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To contact the Paediatrics team, please call 0121 553 1831 and ask for the ward/service you wish to contact.


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