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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 six for short-stays, six 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 five 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.

Team: 

Head of Service
Heather Bennett,

Consultants:

Dr Rajesh Pandey, Clinical Director for Paediatrics
Specialties: Clinical lead for Neurodisability
Epilepsy

Dr Juliana Chizo Agwu
Specialty: Clinical Lead in Paediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Dr Meenakshi Bandhakavi
Specialty: Diabetes and Endocrinology

Dr Dilip Kumar Gandhi
Specialties: Designated Doctor for Safeguarding 
Epilepsy, Community Child Health

Dr Chetana Kallappa
Specialty: Clinical Lead for Epilepsy

Dr Nick Makwana, Group Director for Women’s and Child Health 
Specialty: Clinical Lead for Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Dr Ali Akbar,
Specialty: Respiratory Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Dr Maria Atkinson
Specialty: Respiratory Medicine and Allergy

Dr Ribena Akhter
Specialty: Respiratory Medicine

Dr V Ganesan
Specialty: Nephrology 
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham

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

Dr Fatima Zahir
Specialty: Emergency Medicine

Dr Yvonne Beuvink
Specialty: Infectious Diseases

Neonatology

Dr S Sivakumar, Clinical Director for Neonatology
Specialty: Cardiology

Dr Julie Nycyk

Dr Penny Broggio

Dr Vikranth Venugopalan

Dr Ahmed Ahmed

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

To contact the Paediatrics team, please call 0121 553 1831.

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