The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
provides adult district general hospital
services for South Birmingham
as well as specialist treatments for the West Midlands
The trust comprises three hospitals on two sites, which are 1.5 miles apart. These hospitals are the older Queen Elizabeth Hospital
and the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in Edgbaston
and Selly Oak Hospital
in Selly Oak
. More than 553,000 patients attend the hospitals every year for services ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to a heart transplant. The new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) is adjacent to its older namesake and connected to it by a footbridge. QEHB began receiving patients at its Emergency Department at 2am on June 16th, 2010, and will eventually replace nearly all clinical services at the two older services. The Selly Oak Hospital Accident & Emergency Department has now closed and in-patients from the hospital are being transferred to the QEHB between June 16th and June 22nd, but out-patient services will continue on the site until 2011.
Selly Oak Hospital will eventually close completely and the site redeveloped.
On June 30th, 2004, the Trust received authorisation to become one of the first NHS Foundation Trusts in England under the leadership of chief executive Mark Britnell
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