Sandwell District General Hospital

Telephone: 0121 553 1831
Address: Lyndon, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4HJ
Website: http://www.swbh.nhs.uk

3.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 69 ratings for this hospital

News:

  • Greenhouse area renovated by volunteers
  • Patient had flu symptoms but found out he had cancer
  • Safe Staffing Report July 2015

Overview

High quality healthcare is provided by Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust which has some of the shortest waiting times and lowest infection rates in the country. The Trust provides adult and paediatric acute services and a number of specialist services for patients throughout the UK. The Trust has halved MRSA rates in the last twelve months and has low rates of c.difficile. Discounted car parking tickets are available for regular visitors.

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Sandwell District General Hospital

Tel: 0121 553 1831   Fax: 0121 607 3117

Address: Lyndon, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4HJ

Website: http://www.swbh.nhs.uk

Email: swbh.comms@nhs.net

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Latest news

Greenhouse area renovated by volunteers

Volunteers

GREEN FINGERED volunteers from Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and Lloyds Bank have teamed up for the second time in six weeks to breathe new life into an overgrown garden, giving local people more opportunities to grow their own produce.

After the first collaboration between the two organisations at Rowley Regis Hospital brought tears of joy to the eyes of elderly patients, the group of volunteers from Lloyds Bank were so touched that their efforts made such a difference, they contacted the trust to say they wanted to do it again.

This time it was the City Hospital site in the spotlight with an exciting community greenhouse project providing an opportunity for the groups to join with volunteers from the Summerfield Residence Association. These volunteers tend the garden once a week, aiming to improve the greenhouse area at City Hospital.

Project Facilitator for Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Estelle Greenwood said: “We were delighted when Lloyds contacted us to volunteer for another day. We welcomed 18 volunteers who attended from as far away as Edinburgh, East Anglia and Manchester to support the Greenhouse Project we set up at City Hospital some months ago.”

Lloyds donated £200 towards the project to help buy membrane and bark to tidy up current paths around the greenhouses and stop weeds growing through, making better looking and safer pathways.

“We like to take part in events like this and with many of us coming from different parts of the U.K, Birmingham is a very central and easy place for us all to meet” said Dale McPhee, assistant manager of regulatory and policy compliance team for Lloyds Bank.

“It’s been a fantastic day and we a delighted to support such a fantastic project.”

The Real Junk Food Project provided the catering for the event after one of the volunteers from their café made them aware of the event.

“A few of our volunteers joined the gardeners to help with something close to our hearts. We are passionate supporters of community grow schemes as our aim is to abolish avoidable food waste,” said Gareth Hughes, Founding Co-Director of the Birmingham branch of the Real Junk Food Project.

As well as the greenhouses and areas around them being renovated, the break room next to the garden has been decorated by the children of the local nursery to make a more homely place to convene for the volunteers.

“The nursery kids have done a great job in decorating the meeting room with butterflies and healthy eating plates,” Estelle said.

 

Last updated on 27 August 2015.

Patient had flu symptoms but found out he had cancer

Cancer Patient and Staff

Andrew Cross, aged 51, from Wednesbury, thought he had flu just before he went on holiday the Gambia. Little did anyone know that he actually had cancer at the last stage.

 For a long time, Andrew felt that his health was not right. He would often catch a cough or cold and even had a lung infection. He experienced weight loss and could not sleep or eat well for three months before his trip to Gambia in 2014.

When he came back to England, he could not go straight to hospital for a check-up because his mother and his wife’s mother both passed away in the same period of time. After a while, Andrew finally went to Sandwell Hospital to see the clinicians.

After taking his biopsy, the test confirmed that Andrew had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that appears as a tumour in the gland. When diagnosed, Andrew was already at stage 4, the highest stage. He then underwent chemo therapy on Newton 5 ward at Sandwell Hospital.

He said: “The treatment was brilliant. We received total support from everyone on the ward. The whole team was very supportive and patient. They did not give up on us at any moment. We knew it was their job but to witness their true dedication, we were overwhelmed and grateful.”

Andrew’s wife, Trisha, continued: “When Andrew was diagnosed with cancer, I was very upset. Seeing our mothers passed away, I was frightened that I may lose Andrew as well. Fortunately, we received great support from our friends and family. In a way, cancer has pulled all of us together and we felt very lucky to receive the tremendous support from every one.

“Staff from the hospital were very helpful. We can call anyone in the team any time to ask for help. They were always there to help or just to listen to our concern.”

Andrew is now fully recovered. He only needs to come to hospital once every three months for a check-up.

After receiving treatment at the hospital for about a year, the couple decided to organise a fundraising campaign for Newton 5.

In June 2015, they organised a variety night, where they sold raffle tickets and their friends put on a stage show to raise funds. In the end, they successfully raised more than £1,000 for the ward. Trisha said: “We just hope that the money we raised could give a little bit of help to others, even if it just means to make others’ journeys a bit easier.”

 Karen Mayo, sister on Newton 5, said thanks to the family: “Our team on Newton 5 really appreciates the hard work that Andrew and Trisha put in to make the fundraising night the great success it was. My colleague and I went to the night and we both had such a great time. The money raised will be used to buy equipment to help with the treatment and improve patient experience.”

 

Last updated on 27 August 2015.

Safe Staffing Report July 2015

Safe Staffing July 2015

Associated document

Nurse staffing return JULY15.xls (.xls, 2.53 MB)

Last updated on 27 August 2015.

Quality of service at Sandwell District General Hospital

Care Quality Commission inspection ratings

Requires Improvement
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% of registered nurse day hours filled as planned (Hospital)

107% of planned level - This shows how well the ward's staffing requirements are being met

% of Unregistered care staff day hours filled as planned (Hospital)

112% of planned level - This shows how well the ward's staffing requirements are being met

% of registered nurse night hours filled as planned (Hospital)

114% of planned level - This shows how well the ward's staffing requirements are being met

% of Unregistered care staff night hours filled as planned (Hospital)

121% of planned level - This shows how well the ward's staffing requirements are being met

% of patients who have been hurt in a fall in the last 3 days

0% - Based on a monthly spot check survey of patients on the ward

% of patients being treated for a bed sore (pressure ulcer)

4.33% - Based on a monthly spot check survey of patients on the ward

Friends and Family Test: Inpatient

93%Patients recommend this hospital. 801 responses

Friends and Family Test score: A&E

79%Patients recommend this hospital. 298 responses

Friends and Family Test score: Maternity

Friends and Family Test score: Staff - Care

67%staff recommend this hospital for care. 965 responses

Friends and Family Test score: Staff - Work

45%staff recommend this hospital as a place to work. 965 responses

Friends and Family test score: Outpatients

88%Patients recommend this hospital. 1475 responses.

Latest reviews of this hospital

Appointments

I went on the web sight to cancel my appointment I thought it had gone through. I waited for a new appointment. 2 weeks later had not...

1 September 2015

hang your head in shame

male relative admitted to A&E on Monday evening at 11.00 with yet again a dislocated hip (7th time this has happened) our dad is 84 years...

13 August 2015

Priory 2

I was in Sandwell Hospital for 3 weeks last year, after having an emergency operation. Staff on Priory 2 were brilliant, caring, helpful...

3 August 2015

Gran's care

My Grandma was admitted at the beginning of the year for emergency hernia repair to Priory two ward. The care she received was excellent....

25 June 2015

My fathers death

I am utterly disgusted with this hospital and the way we were treated as a family the night my dad passed away while out walking from a m...

22 June 2015

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