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.

Dr Ian Sykes, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:

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

“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.

“Naturally, we don’t want to wait until the Midland Metropolitan Hospital opens in 2022 to deliver improvements in the quality of respiratory care. The changes that we are proposing would enable patients to see specialist respiratory staff more quickly. Some patients may see a reduction in the length of time they need to spend in hospital 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.”

The online survey can be completed by clicking here.