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West Midlands hospital car parks rates top in national survey

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has been shown to have some of the best hospital car parks in the country, according to the results of a 2011 Which? survey on hospital parking.


The survey results rank Solihull Hospital and Heartlands Hospital at top fourth and fifth position for having the best performing hospital car parks in England.

Hospitals were rated on their parking costs; varying payment options; availability of priority spaces; the number of times they have fined, clamped or towed vehicles; and concessions available. The aim of the survey is to provide consumers with an unbiased view and advice NHS hospital car parks throughout the country.

For further information on hospital parking please go to:—have-your-say/hospital-car-parks-map/

Many happy returns to the birthday girl Florence Mandefield who recently celebrated her 100th birthday on ward 9 at Heartlands Hospital.Florence with family at Heartlands Hospital

Staff nurse on ward 9, Michelle Clarke, said: “It is lovely for us to be able to celebrate such a joyous occasion with a patient. On the day, we held a small family party for Florence and I think she had a great time. The highlight must have been receiving her century birthday card from the Queen.”

Florence, from Sparkbrook, was being treated at Heartlands after a fall.

New mums in Solihull are set to revisit the hospital where they delivered their little ones to help celebrate the birth unit’s first birthday.

One year on, more than 300 women have chosen to have their babies in Solihull Hospital’s dedicated midwifery-led birth unit.

Since opening in August 2010, the midwifery-led birth unit at the Hospital has offered mums-to-be the opportunity to have a natural birth with facilities such as a birthing pool, birthing balls and outstanding postnatal care. The unit is also able to provide private room facilities and the option for partners to stay overnight.

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