Urgent: Changes to local NHS services due to COVID-19

As you will be aware, the NHS is currently facing an unprecedented situation regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
We are having to make some temporary changes to local NHS services, to help us care for patients and maintain safe staffing levels.
We need to fundamentally and quickly redesign a number of our hospital inpatient services, to manage the number of COVID-19 patients we are treating locally and ensure that we have the right staff, in the right place, for the right patients. This is particularly important as many of our staff are themselves unwell, or self-isolating.

The temporary changes to services are as follows:

  • In the next 24 hours, West Midlands Ambulance Service will start taking children from the north and east of Birmingham who require emergency medical treatment to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. We will inform the media about this and ask that parents do not take their children to Good Hope Hospital A&E department, with immediate effect. If a child does arrive at Good Hope Hospital, they will of course be seen and treated, then transferred or discharged appropriately. There will be a walk-in and paediatric assessment unit available for children at Heartlands Hospital.
  • From today, all stroke patients conveyed by ambulance will be taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. A local stroke unit will remain at Heartlands Hospital.
  • Some trauma patients (e.g. fractured neck of femur, spinal emergencies and traumatic hand surgery) will be taken by ambulance, or transferred, to Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (exact date to be confirmed next week).

Please share this information with your contacts and networks, as appropriate.
Many thanks for your co-operation, at this unprecedented and extremely challenging time.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group