Midland Metropolitan University Hospital is progressing well on its journey to completion.
When it opens, the acute hospital, which sits on a 16-acre site in Smethwick, will house a large emergency department, maternity services, and children and adult acute inpatient services to a population of over half a million. As we take steps towards opening your new hospital, this is where you will find the latest updates.
1 – There will be separate routes for inpatients and visitors
Inpatients will be transferred around the new hospital via separate corridors and lifts to those used by visitors. It will preserve patient privacy and dignity whilst moving around the hospital.
2 – The Winter Garden is more than just a place to meet
The Winter Garden will not only be an inviting place for staff, patients, and visitors to meet and relax, but it will also be the main welcome point – the place from which people can find their way around the hospital.
Visitors will be able to find their way around with the help of clear signs and volunteers from this location.
3 – It provides a dementia-friendly environment
Colours and clear bed numbers will help patients identify where they are. Layouts of wards will be the same, with each group of four beds within a ward having a different colour theme. Non-patient rooms will have different doors (which will blend with corridor walls), clocks will show the date, month and year.
Pictorial signs will be in place on bathroom doors, and all bed spaces have an external view or look onto one of the courtyards. It will mean patients will be able to see the external light changes throughout the day.
4 – Over 800 people are employed to build the hospital
The project has already more than 800 people working on site, including apprentices, and is expected to continue to boost the local economy.
5 – The hospital will house state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment
A 10-year contract with Siemens Healthcare means there will be state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound machines.
This is just some of what was achieved in 2021 at Midland Met:
- During 2021, Balfour Beatty and their suppliers have installed main power to the site
- 96 miles of sub-mains cabling
- 13 miles of ducting
- 570 tonnes of scaffold
- 98 miles of pipework
- More than 3800m2 of concrete paving slabs have been laid and 8000m2 of vinyl flooring.