Super go ahead for West Birmingham Superhospital

In October 2008 I blogged on the Sandwell Superhospital which the Birmingham Post reports has finally got approval from the Department of Health after months of delay; New West Birmingham hospital gets go-ahead.

Health Minister Mike O'Brien has formally approved the Outline Business Case for the new hospital in Grove Lane which will replace City Hospital and Sandwell Hospital and is expected to open in 2015.

It means the trust can now purchase land, which may require use of the trust’s Compulsory Purchase powers and is likely to take up to 18 months to complete, although a number of landowners have already expressed an interest in selling their plots.

An invitation for companies and consortia to bid to build the new hospital under a Private Finance Initiative(PFI) will be issued at the end of next year, early 2011 with the preferred bidder selected by early 2013 and building work started soon after.

The hospital will have 723 beds with 220 in the community with the newest parts of City and Sandwell Hospitals such as Birmingham Treatment Centre and the A&E at Sandwell becming part of community hospital on the existing sites. The new hospital will have 14 theatres, 30 high-level critical care beds, 16 lower level critical care beds, 46 neonatal cots, 55 paediatric bed sand 18wards with 32 beds in each.

The hospital for West Birmingham compliments the new South Birmingham Superhospital named Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham's superhospital to retain royal title, serving the west part of Birmingham and into the Black Country which has some of the highest deprivation levels and poorest health in the UK.


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