University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) are considering reorganising some of its adult services across Solihull, Good Hope and Heartlands hospitals to improve outcomes and reduce waiting times for patients, including residents in Tamworth and Lichfield.
The specific services that the Trust would like to make changes to are trauma and orthopedics, and gynecology 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 that the proposed changes would affect around 10 patients a day. To put this in perspective, the hospitals see around 1,200 A&E attendances, over 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 and scans and therapy (e.g. physiotherapy) appointments take place – they would still take place at the patient’s local hospital. There will also 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.
If you're a resident in South Staffordshire, who accesses one or more of these services at any of the Hospitals mentioned above, then please take the time to have your say in the online patient survey. More information on the proposed changes can also be found here.
The UHB Trust are holding drop-in sessions to find out your views on these proposed changes, so please come along and share your views:
Venue: Good Hope Hospital, Partnership Learning Centre, Harry Hollier Lecture Theatre
Date and Time: Monday 5 August, 4-9pm
Venue: Solihull Hospital, Education Centre Lecture Theatre
Date and Time: Tuesday 6 August, 4-9pm
Complete the online survey at: www.uhb.nhs.uk/service-change