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Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching Trusts in the United Kingdom with a reputation for excellent staff who provide high quality care from three hospitals:
- City Hospital in Birmingham
- Rowley Regis Community Hospital in Rowley Regis
- Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich
The Trust was established on 1st April 2002 following approval given by the Secretary of State for Health to amalgamate Sandwell Healthcare NHS Trust and City Hospital NHS Trust. The amalgamation was initiated by clinicians and managers at the two trusts to enable services to be strengthened and developed for a larger population. The Trust which has Two Star status and a budget of over £290million. It employs more than 7,000 staff and serves a population of approximately 500,000.
Sandwell General Hospital and City Hospital are busy acute hospitals providing many specialist services and a full range of emergency services including Accident & Emergency at both sites. Rowley Regis Hospital was opened in 1994 and provides continuing care, rehabilitation and respite care. It also has a range of outpatient and diagnostic facilities.
The Trust is a major partner in the "Towards 2010" programme. This programme sets the strategic direction for the local health economy to 2010 and beyond. It has the backing of the Birmingham and the Black Country Strategic Health Authority and was approved in July 2004 as a national priority scheme by the Department of Health. The programme includes investment of up to £750 million in new facilities in both the acute and primary care sectors, making it one of the largest investment programmes in the UK. The Trust has also agreed a comprehensive Clinical Services Strategy which covers the period prior to the "Towards 2010" programme and which focuses on clinical integration, strengthening key specialties and service modernisation.
The Birmingham Treatment Centre will open on the City Hospital site in late 2005. This £35m development will provide state of the art facilities for one-stop diagnosis and treatment and completely replaces the existing Outpatient Department. It includes an Ambulatory Surgical Unit with six theatres, extensive imaging facilities, an integrated breast care centre and teaching accommodation.
A new £18m Emergency Services Centre opened on the Sandwell site in April 2005. This facility replaced the old A&E department destroyed by fire. It incorporates a comprehensive A&E facility, Emergency Assessment Unit and Cardiac Care Unit. The model of care has been developed with primary care to provide a fully integrated service. Aside from being the largest provider of acute patient services in the Midlands, the Trust also has a substantial research agenda with portfolio status and hosts several academic departments including ophthalmology, cardiology and rheumatology.
(source - Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust website)