Have your say on proposals to improve respiratory services

Sunday, 29 September, 2019

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.

You can have your say by completing our survey by clicking here or attending the following event:

Healthwatch Sandwell – Health and Social Care Group
Date: Tuesday 24th September 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Venue: Yemini Community Centre, Tildesley Street, West Bromwich. B70 9SJ

The opening of the new Midland Met Hospital has unfortunately been delayed due to the liquidation of our construction partner, Carillion. With funding secured, and a new partner selected, the building is now scheduled to open in 2022. This delay means that our already stretched acute hospital services have to continue on two sites for longer. In order to make the services safe and sustainable until 2022 we need to make some changes now.

We are proposing to create a specialist inpatient respiratory hub at City Hospital, Birmingham, for 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.

The changes that we are proposing will enable patients to see specialist respiratory staff more quickly, the time that some patients spend in hospital will be reduced and respiratory clinicians will 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 survey closes 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 or attending one of our events.

You can download our Consultation document by clicking here.