Have your say on proposals to improve Acute Respiratory Services

October 8, 2019

Message from Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospitals Trust:

Patient care is at the heart of everything we do. This is why it is so important that we involve local people and stakeholders in any plans to change healthcare services, every step of the way.

We are currently encouraging Sandwell and West Birmingham stakeholders to help shape the future of our respiratory services as part of a listening exercise which is being run from Monday 23 September 2019 to Friday 18 October. You can have your say by completing our electronic survey

The CCG and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust don’t want to wait until the new Midland Met Hospital opens in 2022 to improve the quality of care for patients. When the new hospital opens, all respiratory and other acute wards will be on the new hospital site. So, we are seeking your views on a proposal to move all inpatient respiratory services onto the Birmingham City Hospital site.

We are also keen to hear your views on a proposal to consolidate respiratory medicine inpatient services at Birmingham City Hospital with a move of 18 respiratory beds to that site from Sandwell. The service will be on the same site as Cardiology inpatients. The cardiology service was successfully centralised onto one site a few years ago which helped to improve patient services and make them more efficient.

The changes that we are proposing would enable patients to see specialist respiratory staff more quickly, the time that patients spend in hospital would be reduced and respiratory clinicians would have more time to support our acute medical units at City Hospital enabling us to keep those units at Sandwell and City running 24/7.

We would like to hear from as many residents and groups as possible before the surveys close on 18 October. This is a great opportunity for everyone to help shape their local services by giving us their views. So, please have your say by completing the survey

The Survey will close on Friday 18 October 2019

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