TODAY marks the start of a 1000 day countdown to the opening of the new state-of-the-art hospital – The Midland Met.
Marking the event, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has asked local representatives to unveil digital clocks at four main sites across the Trust to count down the 1000 days until the Midland Met is opened in October 2018.
NHS England has released advice for patients during the Junior Doctors Strikes' planned for the 12, 26, 27 January and the 10 February 2016. For more information please see NHS Choices.
Remember if you become ill over this period with a non-urgent condition and need advice, please visit www.nhs.uk, or go to your local pharmacist. For more serious conditions you should continue to contact your GP as usual, or call 111.
IT’S A GO for Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust patients, as the contract to build new hospital the Midland Met is finally signed.
Trust Chairman, Richard Samuda said: “Today we have signed the contract to build and deliver the Midland Met by October 2018 with ‘The Hospital Company’ – a Carillion Joint Venture.
“This is another landmark day for the people of Sandwell and West Birmingham, who now know for certain that their multi-million pound hospital will be built, and at a significantly lower cost than was originally planned. The OBC (outline business case) in 2014 anticipated an annual unitary payment of £27m, however we have closed the contract with an annual unitary payment of under £19.6m.