Have your say on proposals to improve respiratory services

25th Sep 2019

Patient care is at the heart of everything we do. This is why it is so important that we involve local people in any plans to change healthcare services, every step of the way. We are currently encouraging Sandwell and West Birmingham residents to help shape the future of our respiratory services as part of a listening exercise which is being run from 23 September 2019 to 18 October.

You can have your say by completing our survey here or attending one of the following events: 

Ladywood and Perry Barr Health and Care Forum
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Time: 1:15 – 3:15 pm
Venue: Safeside, Handsworth Fire Station, Rookery Road, Handsworth. B21 9QU

Sandwell Health and Care Forum
Date: 1st October 2019
Time:  1:15 pm– 3:15 pm
Venue: Tipton Sports Academy, Wednesbury Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands. DY4 0BS

The opening of the new Midland Met Hospital has unfortunately been delayed due to the liquidation of our construction partner, Carillion. With funding secured, and a new partner selected, the building is now scheduled to open in 2022. This delay means that our already stretched acute hospital services have to continue on two sites for longer. In order to make the services safe and sustainable until 2022 we need to make some changes now.

We are proposing to create a specialist inpatient respiratory hub at City Hospital, Birmingham, for all patients with respiratory conditions who need to stay in hospital for longer than 48 hours. The service will be on the same site as our urgent cardiology service with our dedicated cardiac wards. This service was successfully centralised onto one site a few years ago which helped to improve patient services and make them more efficient.

The changes that we are proposing will enable patients to see specialist respiratory staff more quickly, the time that some patients spend in hospital will be reduced and respiratory clinicians will have more time to support our acute medical units at City Hospital enabling us to keep those units at Sandwell and City running 24/7.

We would like to hear from as many residents and groups as possible before the survey closes on 18 October. This is a great opportunity for everyone to help shape their local services by giving us their views. So, please have your say by completing the survey or attending one of our events.

For more information about the listening exercise click here.




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