Sandwell and West Birmingham residents encouraged to have their say on proposals to improve respiratory services

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Sandwell and West Birmingham residents are being encouraged to help shape the future of respiratory services. NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust are running a listening exercise from 23 September 2019 and urging as many people as possible to complete an online or paper survey before the deadline of 18 October 2019.

The Trust is looking to move the specialist respiratory wards to a single site at City Hospital, creating a new hub for patients. This is ahead of the opening of the Midland Met Hospital which will house all acute and emergency services for Sandwell and West Birmingham. The move to City Hospital for inpatient respiratory specialist care will make services safe and sustainable as well as support preparation for the new Midland Met.

The specialist inpatient respiratory hub at City Hospital, Birmingham, will support all patients with respiratory conditions who need to stay in hospital for longer than 48 hours. The service will be on the same site as our urgent cardiology service with our dedicated cardiac wards. This service was successfully centralised onto one site a few years ago which helped to improve patient services and make them more efficient.


Results of Listening Exercise:

The attached pdf Report (828 KB) was presented and discussed at the CCG Governind Body meeting on Wednesday 6 November 2019. Please see the pdf Equality Impact Assessment (440 KB) for more information. 

The request to move the 18 acute beds to City Hospital was approved by the Governing Body and the Trust Board at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust. A request was made by a member of the Governing Body to see a copy of the Equality Impact Assessment and this is also attached to the report for information.