Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

0121 554 3801 Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon , West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4HJ
https://www.swbh.nhs.uk/

Overview

News:

  • Trust hosts nursing cadets in England first
  • Healthcare Trust partners with Pride of Birmingham winner
  • Beach party raises buckets of cash for kids ward
The AMU team at Birmingham City Hospital

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust is an integrated care organisation. We are dedicated to improving the lives of local people, to maintaining an outstanding reputation for teaching and education, and to embedding innovation and research.

We employ over 7,000 people and spend around £430m of public money, largely drawn from our local Clinical Commissioning Group. That Group and this Trust is responsible for the care of 530,000 local people from across North-West Birmingham and all the towns within Sandwell.

We are a key partner in efforts to change the shape of care in our area.  Our new hospital – the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital – is currently under construction and is located on Grove Lane, on the Smethwick border with west Birmingham.

Our intention is to provide substantially more care at home and rely less on acute hospitals.  Whilst most of the programme involves investment in GP surgeries and health centres, we will relocate our acute care to the Midland Met. The new hospital will act as a major employment opportunity for local people and is part of a wider scheme to develop the area adjacent to the site.

Departments and services

We provide an extensive range of outpatient, inpatient, day case, diagnostic and one stop services, including a wide range of clinics in community facilities outside the main hospitals. You can read about all our services on our website: www.swbh.nhs.uk

Latest news

Trust hosts nursing cadets in England first

FIFTEEN young people with an interest in health careers have just become the first in England to undertake a clinical observation placement, through The RCN Prince Of Wales Nursing Cadet scheme.


Hosted by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust (SWB NHS Trust), the cadets aged between 17 and 18 began their four day placement on the frontline of acute NHS care, in environments which have seen extreme pressure as health workers responded to the extraordinary challenges of treating COVID-19 patients.
But that did not deter the young cadets who are all considering a career in healthcare, despite observing the effects of the pandemic on the health service over the past year.


Eighteen-year-old Sukhpal Singh from Smethwick commented: “The nursing cadet scheme has been so good, I’ve learned so much on it and gained an insight that healthcare roles are much more than just treating patients.


“The placement element is so important because you get to see what you’ve learned in practice, and actually see it in a real life scenario. It prepares you for what your career might be like in the future.”


The RCN Prince Of Wales Nursing Cadet scheme offers a blended learning opportunity for cadets; it provides a transformational learning experience to improve the confidence, skills and knowledge of the participants and to raise awareness of healthcare careers, including nursing.


Mel Roberts, Interim Chief Nurse at SWB NHS Trust said: “As a teaching Trust, it is always a pleasure to educate and inspire the next generation of NHS staff, and we are particularly delighted to see the enthusiasm of these cadets who are on placements across our organisation.


“As we open what promises to be Europe’s busiest emergency hospital – the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital – next year, we are keen to attract the very best talent in new entrants to the health profession, so supporting this scheme is of paramount importance to us.”


Lindsay Meeks, Regional Director, RCN West Midlands, said “It was so uplifting to meet the cadets today. They were all so positive and full of energy. These young people are our future workforce and it’s fantastic to see the partnership between Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and Holly Lodge Combined Cadet Force working so well for the nursing cadets. This scheme is opening doors for our young people that might otherwise stay closed.”


Sandy Harding, Head of The RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme, added: “The scheme was created when His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, as an ambassador of the NHS, approached the Royal College of Nursing in 2017 with a proposal to work with the nursing profession to widen the opportunities for young people, who would not otherwise consider or be eligible, to follow a course in Nursing or other health and social care related careers. Two years on and we are delighted to have launched the scheme beyond Wales, into England, and have our first cadets reach placement stage here in the West Midlands.”

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Last updated on 30 June 2021.

Healthcare Trust partners with Pride of Birmingham winner

An award-winning women’s health campaigner has joined forces with an NHS Trust to help tackle period poverty.
Neelam Heera, who was given a Special Recognition Pride of Birmingham award, is working with Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust (SWBH) to promote the availability of free sanitary products for patients and staff.
Neelam, 29, who runs the charity Cysters which helps to spread awareness of reproductive health among Black Minority Ethnic (BME) women, said of the partnership: “Cysters is really pleased to be working with the Trust.
“We have already been actively working within the community to tackle period poverty by supplying donated products to those who need them most.
“By joining together we can ensure that we are able to help more people within the BME community, and handle the issue in a sensitive way that is also respectful to their culture.”
Period poverty is on the rise in the UK and Sandwell and west Birmingham is known to be one of the most deprived areas in the country meaning that many people will be struggling financially and not be able to afford to buy period products. This deprives them of their dignity and makes their lives difficult.
Nationally period poverty affects one in 10 women, with one in seven admitting to having had to resort to borrowing menstrual products from a friend, or use tissues or towels to manage their periods. Sandwell Council is also working with the Trust to create a Period Positive Borough, and is rolling out free period products in all secondary schools.
Raffaela Goodby, Director of People and Organisation Development, who is advocating the period poverty campaign added: “We are really delighted and honoured to be working with Neelam and Cysters. I’m excited about how our partnership will reach the different communities in our area. 
“The aim of becoming period positive is to provide free and readily available period products to those who can’t always afford them.
“We also hope that the campaign will help reduce the stigma attached to talking about periods and monthly symptoms, and encourage our patients and staff to become more comfortable talking the support they need.”        
Local suppliers have been keen to join the campaign, with Asda Great Bridge working with Your Trust Charity, which is the registered charity for SWBH, to donate products.
From April signs will be on toilet cubicle doors across the Trust indicating where the products are available.

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Last updated on 23 April 2019.

Beach party raises buckets of cash for kids ward

Representatives from Hills, New Square and SWBH in Lyndon Ground

A SUMMER BEACH PARTY has raised funds to help local children in Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust by improving their environment.

New Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich and Hills Funfair donated £800 to the children’s wards at the Trust, after a fun-filled August. Throughout the month, New Square held a beach party so that shoppers could experience all of the fun associated with the seaside, despite being in the West Midlands, over 100 miles from the nearest coast.

Fairground attractions such as ‘hook-a-duck’ and mini waltzers were kindly supplied by Hills Funfair for the event as well as a vintage carousel, which has previously been featured on television.

The £800 will go towards further decoration of Lyndon Ground ward for paediatric care, as the simplest of wall art can make a big different in the care of children.

“Our aim is to improve the ward environment by use of wall stickers with child friendly themes catering for all children admitted” said Paul Duflot, Matron for Acute Paediatrics at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals.

“From nursing experience, we find that wall decorations, with pictures and colours that children can relate to, improve the child’s emotional and physical wellbeing, and also promotes normalisation, in line with therapeutic play.

“We have also found that colourful surroundings with artwork encourage a friendly environment which helps when carrying out medical and nursing procedures by offering distraction, and desensitising the hospital experience.

“We are very appreciative of New Square’s donation as it will enable us to improve the patients experience with positive memories, and outcome.”

It is hoped that this will be one of many joint events with the organisations, and discussions have already begun about future projects that can help to raise money for services provided at the Trust.

Steve Burr, Centre Manager at New Square is very happy about the success of the event and is pleased to help such a worthy cause.

“It’s a pleasure for us to be able to make this donation to the children’s ward at Sandwell Hospital.

“We were delighted that our summer beach event was so successful, enabling New Square to put something back into the local community.”

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust is grateful for all donations and Fundraising and Communications Officer Steve Smith echoes this sentiment.

“On behalf of our patients and staff we want to wish a huge thank you to the team at New Square and Patrick’s guys at Hills Funfair for their generosity.”

 

Last updated on 28 August 2015.

Patient had flu symptoms but found out he had cancer

Cancer Patient and Staff Members

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.

Last updated on 30 June 2021.

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