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.

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Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals patient information leaflets

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Alcohol

Preventing Alcohol misuse

Audiology
City Hospital Hearing Services Centre
Your child’s visit to Boldmere Hearing Clinic

Bereavement
Bereavement Support Directory

Birmingham Regional Skin Laser Centre
Botulinum toxin injections for hyperhidrosis of the armpits
Laser resurfacing
Laser treatment for pigmented marks
Pulsed-dye Laser Treatment

Birmingham Midland Eye Centre

Breast

Advice following a core biopsy or fine needle aspiration (FNA)
Breast duct excision 
What to expect when you are referred to the breast unit at the BTC 
Vacuum-assisted excision (VAE) of breast lesion

Breast Screening
Breast screening: What happens next?
Invitation to breast screening
Your assessment at the Breast Unit

Cancer Services
Radical Trachelectomy

Cardiology

Clinical Biochemistry
Collecting a 24 hour urine sample
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

Colorectal
Colorectal Specialist Nursing Service
The Bowel Function Service

Community Heart Failure

Sandwell Community Heart Failure Service

Community Respiratory

Sandwell Community Respiratory Service

Your self-management plan

Continence (community)
Sandwell Continence Support Group

Critical Care
Road to recovery following a critical illness

Dermatology

Diabetes

Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes

Discharge advice
Leaving the hospital
Young Adult Diabetes Transition Clinic

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit

Elderly Care
Delirium

Endocrinology

Gastroenterology / Endoscopy
Having an endoscopic ultrasound

Gynaecology
Patient-initiated follow up
Transcervical resection of endometrium (TCRE)
Viral infections of the vulva


Health Visiting
Preparing your child for nursery

Heart Failure (community)

Imaging

Ultrasound Guided Steroid Injection of  joint
MRI arthrogram of joint

Immunology
Urticaria and angioedema

Infection Prevention and Control
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile or C. diff)
Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamases (ESBL)
Group A Streptococcal Infection
Influenza (Flu)
MRSA
MRSA Screening (Elective patient)
MRSA Screening – Emergency Patient
Norovirus
Tuberculosis
Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE)
Washing patients laundry at home

Information GovernanceNorovirus

NHS Treatment-when you might have to pay

Integrated Care Service

Integrated Sexual Health Unit Sandwell (ISHUS)
Advice after sharps injuries or splash exposure to body fluids

Integrated Parkinson’s Disease Service
Integrated Parkinson’s Disease Service

Maternity
A guide to feeding your baby
Advice following an emergency caesarean
Advice following a planned (elective) caesarean
After the birth of your baby
Breast Feeding Support Group
Choosing where to give birth to your baby 
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
How to sterilise your baby’s feeding equipment
Induction of labour
Keeping healthy during pregnancy
Labour, What happens and how it can be managed 
Large for Gestational Age Baby
Membrane sweep
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

A guide to feeding your baby (Bengali Translation)
Choosing where to give birth to your baby (Bengali Translation)
Keeping healthy during pregnancy (Bengali Translation)
Labour, What happens and how it can be managed (Bengali Translation)
Your antenatal appointments (Bengali)

A guide to feeding your baby (Polish Translation)
Choosing where to give birth to your baby (Polish Translation)
Keeping Healthy During Pregnancy (Polish Translation)
Labour, What happens and how it can be managed (Polish Translation)
Your antenatal appointments (Polish Translation)

A guide to feeding your baby (Punjabi Translation)
Choosing where to give birth to your baby (Punjabi Translation)
Keeping healthy during pregnancy (Punjabi Translation)

Labour, What happens and how it can be managed (Punjabi Translation)
Your antenatal appointments (Punjabi Translation)

A guide to feeding your baby (Urdu Translation)
Choosing where to give birth to your baby (Urdu Translation)
Keeping healthy during pregegnancy (Urdu Translation)
Labour – What happens and how it can be managed (Urdu Translation)
Your antenatal appointments (Urdu Translation)

Microbiology

Malaria

Multiple sclerosis (community)

Neonatal
Breatfeeding support on the neonatal unit
Welcome to the Neonatal Unit

Neurology
Lumbar Puncture
Multiple Sclerosis specialist nurse service

Neurophysiology
Nerve Conduction study
Nerve conduction study and electromyography
Sophies having an EEG
Welcome to Neurophysiology at City Hospital
What is a sleep EEG (child)

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

Iron in your diet
Parenteral Nutrition
Your diet following Nissen’s fundoplication

Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing
Medical assessments for taxi drivers

Ophthalmology
Jump convergence exercise
Need local eye services?
Welcome to the Ophthalmology Paediatric Day Surgery Unit


Orthoptics

Dot card exercise 
Jump convergence exercise
Convergence Insufficiency
Smooth pen convergence exercise
Stereogram exercises – Distance position
Stereogram exercises – Near position
Squint
Wearing glasses

Outpatients
A new way of booking your follow-up appointments – In English language
A new way of booking your follow -up appointments- In Arabic language
A new way of booking your follow-up appointments- In Bengali language
A new way of booking your follow-up appointments- In Polish language
A new way of booking your follow-up appointments – In Punjabi language
A new way of booking your follow-up appointments – In Urdu language

Paediatrics
Bronchiolitis
Caring for a child under 5 years who has a fever
Children’s wards Frequently asked questions 
Congenital hypothyroidism
Croup
Gastroenteritis
Healthy lifestyle for young people with type 2 diabetes
Paediatric Community Nursing Team
Sandwell young adult diabetes clinic
The arginine test
The clinical psychology service for children and young people with diabetes
The clinical psychology service 
The IGF-1 generation test
The HCG test 
The HCG test for adolescents
The hydrocortisone day curve 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
Cervical Facet Median Nerve Blocks
Facet joint injection or facet median nerve block
Gabapentin
Greater occipital nerve block
Local anaesthetic joint injection
Nerve root sleeve injection
Pain Management Programme
Pregabalin
Psychology services
Sacro-iliac joint injection

Palliative Care
Anticipatory medicines
‘Off-label’ medicines
Syringe Driver
The hospital palliative care team
The Last Days of Life
The Supportive Care Pathway

Parkinson’s (Community)

Pathology

The post-mortem examination for a baby or child

Patient Experience
Same-sex accommodation

Patient Transport
A guide to patient transport

Pharmacy
Bringing your own medication into hospital
Your eye drops
Your eye ointment  

Pre-Assessment Unit

Centralised Pre-operative Assessment Unit

Physiotherapy
Active cycle of breathing technique
Wearing a sling following shoulder surgery

Physiotherapy (paediatric)
Bed exercises
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
Exercises following shoulder surgery
Exercises for patients who can stand independently
Seated exercises
Toe walking
Wearing a sling following shoulder surgery

Planned Admissions Unit
Welcome to the Planned Admissions Unit

Respiratory (community)
Autogenic drainage exercises
Spirometry testing (Reversibility testing)
Your Home Exercise Plan

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

Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia 
Endoctorine Problems in Thalassemia
Living with sickle cell disease
Moving from child to adult sickle cell disease services
The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre at City Hospital

Speech and Language Therapy
What to do when your laryngectomy valve leaks

Urogynaecology
Colpocleisis

Urology
Enhanced recovery
Trial without catheter

Vascular
Larvae therapy: Using maggots to help your wound to heal


Welcome

Welcome to D43
Welcome to D47
Welcome to the Henderson Re-ablement Unit
Welcome to the Medical Assessment Unit
Welcome to the Neonatal Unit
Welcome to the Planned Admissions Unit
Welcome to the Heart of Sandwell Day Hospice


Other useful information

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