University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is considering reorganising some of its adult services across Solihull, Good Hope and Heartlands hospitals to improve outcomes and reduce waiting times for patients.
The specific services that the Trust would like to make changes to are trauma and orthopaedics, and gynaecology services.
The proposed changes are not about removing any services or saving money; the Trust is investing £2.5m in its estate to provide high-quality, dedicated facilities, which will support the creation of centres of excellence for the different specialties.
The proposals mainly apply to surgical procedures only (operations) and may mean that patients may need to attend a hospital which is not their local hospital, for their operation. However, while some people may have to travel further for certain treatments, the vast majority would continue to be treated at their local hospital.
It is estimated the proposed changes would affect around 10 patients a day. To put this in perspective, the hospitals see around 1,200 A&E attendances, more than 5,000 outpatients and 500 day case procedures a day.
There would be no proposed changes to where pre- and post-operative outpatient, X-ray, scans and therapy (e.g. physiotherapy) appointments take place – they would still take place at the patient’s local hospital. There will be no changes to children’s services.
The planned reorganisation is supported by a significant number of specialist clinicians (e.g. doctors and nurses) who see these proposals as the best and most sustainable way to deliver care to residents of Birmingham, Solihull and South Staffordshire.
We’ll also be holding two drop-in events on 5 August (Good Hope Hospital) and 6 August (Solihull Hospital) where you can find out more about these proposed changes.
You can book your place here for the Good Hope session and here for the Solihull one.
Heartlands Hospital is based at the heart of a bustling, dynamic community. A large site built to provide the highest possible quality of patient care and support services, the hospital is part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
The hospital offers a highly extensive array of facilities and procedures for its patients and visitors. Its dedicated staff serve a diverse population with professionalism and pride.