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Paediatrics

Paediatric services deal with the medical care of children. Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust now has the largest paediatric department in the West Midlands.

Our main children’s wards are situated at Sandwell Hospital, where there are 53 beds, including 6 for short-stays, 6 for day surgery and 12 in the Adolescent Unit.

A 12-bed unit is located at City Hospital. In addition, there are 11 day surgery beds and 5 day unit beds in the Birmingham Treatment Centre.

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Team

The Trust has 17 consultants covering paediatric and neonatal care (care for sick babies).

All the nurses on the wards are qualified and/or have experience in looking after children.

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 perfectly free to refuse, but we do need your help in order to train future doctors and nurses and would appreciate your co-operation.

Services

City Hospital
At City Hospital we offer a range of specialist clinics for children. These include:

  • general clinic
  • allergies
  • cardiology (heart problems)
  • cystic fibrosis
  • dermatology
  • developmental
  • diabetes
  • endocrine (glandular problems)
  • epilepsy (convulsions and fits)
  • haematology (blood disorders)
  • neonatal follow-up (baby clinic)

There is also a sophisticated radiology department that offers X-Ray, CT and MRI scanning.

Specialist support for children’s services comes from pharmacy, laboratory services and many other medical areas. Outpatient sessions are available through consultant community paediatricians (specialist children’s doctors) with additional community-based services. This service is supported by physiotherapists, speech and language therapists together with nursery nurses and occupational therapists.

Child protection services are provided by consultant paediatricians 24 hours a day.


Sandwell Hospital
In addition to general clinics for children, Sandwell Hospital also runs the following specialist clinics for children:

  • Allergies
  • Child development (held at Crystal House in Oldbury)
  • Cardiology
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine
  • Epilepsy
  • Genetics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neonatal development (Low birth weight)
  • Looked after children
  • General orthopaedic surgery (bones and joints)
  • General plastic surgery
  • General surgery
  • Renal (kidneys)
  • Respiratory and asthma
  • Rheumatology (joints, muscles and tendons)
  • General urology (reproductive organs and waste urine issues)

There is also a sophisticated radiology department that offers X-Ray, CT and MRI scanning.

For children requiring inpatient care of more than 23 hours, they will be cared for on our wards at Sandwell General Hospital.

Specialist support for children’s services comes from pharmacy, laboratory services and many other medical areas. Outpatient sessions are available through consultant community paediatricians (specialist children’s doctors) with additional community-based services. This service is supported by physiotherapists, speech and language therapists together with nursery nurses and occupational therapists.

We work with children’s services in Sandwell to provide services in the community. A service for children with developmental problems or disabilities is provided in hospital clinics and community facilities. These include Crystal House (a multi-agency centre in Oldbury), schools and community health centres.

Child protection services are provided by consultant paediatricians 24 hours a day.

Community Children’s Nursing Team
This team provides home-based nursing support for children aged up to 16 and their families with either long or short term needs. They are a team of trained nurses providing specialist care, advice, teaching and support for children in the community. The service is designed to minimise disruption to family life. Care is planned in partnership with the child and family, according to their needs.

Services provided include:

  • Ongoing support and care for children with complex health needs
  • Support and care for children needing palliative care (for very serious conditions) or terminal care
  • Support and care for children with cancer
  • Support for children requiring enteral feeding (feeding by tube)
  • Wound management
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Ongoing support for children with chronic diseases including diabetes
  • Children’s continence advisor – bladder or bowel problems

The service is spread over several bases within the community and Sandwell General Hospital. We work in close partnership with GPs, health visitors, dieticians, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, social workers, other professionals and voluntary groups.

Patient Stories

Please feel free to share your experiences of this service. Please e-mail your views to swbh.comms@nhs.net

Contacts

Mrs Amanda Geary, Head of Service
0121 507 5082

Paediatric Consultants:
Dr Juliana Chizo Agwu
Clinical Lead in Paediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology
0121 553 1831 (Sandwell Hospital switchboard)

Dr Helen Grindulis
Neurodisability, rheumatology, community child health.
0121 507 3417

Dr Julie Nycyk
Clinical Director, Neonatal Services
0121 507 4619

Dr Andrea J Mayne
Associate Medical Director, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
0121 507 3471

Dr Rani Wasala
Neonatology
0121 507 3895

Dr Penny Broggio
Neonatology
0121 507 3633

Dr Phil Simmons
Chair – Southern West Midlands Newborn Network Governance Group
0121 507 4056

Dr Rasieka Jayatunga
Haematology
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
0121 507 3173

Dr David C Low
Designated doctor for Safeguarding & Looked after Children
Medical advisor to Sandwell Adoption Panel
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
0121 507 3895

Dr Nick Makwana, Consultant Paediatrician
Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
0121 507 3633

Dr Maybelle Wallis, Consultant Paediatrician
Community Paediatrics,
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
0121 507 3173

Dr A Akbar,
Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Secretary: 0121 507 5572

Dr Michael Plunkett
Diabetes and Endocrinology
0121 507 5570

Dr S Sivakuma
Neonatologist with expertise in Paediatric Cardiology
0121 5074056

Dr V Ganesan
Paediatric Nephrology and Neonatology
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
0121 5075320

Dr Maria Atkinson
Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Allergy
0121 507 3471

Dr Rajesh Pandey
Neurodisability and Epilepsy
0121 507 3895

 

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