Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust runs Birmingham Women's Hospital in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, situated very close to the University of Birmingham. The Trust is a Centre of Excellence for specialist health care to women and their families in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
The first Birmingham maternity hospital was established in 1842 to reduce the number of women and children dying needlessly from puerperal fever and childbirht related infections. Ths hospital has been based on its present site since 1994, it is one of only two trusts in the UK specialising in women's health care. They provide a focused range of health care services, primarily, though not exclusively to women and their families. These are:
- Maternity and foetal medicine services
- Neonatal care and newborn transport service
- Milk Bank - the only one in the West Midlands. It provides donor breast milk for its own neonatal babies and also distributes donor breast milk to many local and national hospitals including Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
- Fertility services, see separate entry for the Birmingham Women's Fertility Centre
- Genetics. Its genetics laboratories are one of the largest in Europe and, as part of a collaboration with the University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS FT and Academic Health Science Network is to be one of 11 centres across the country that are leading the way in delivering the NHS 100,000 Genomes Project.
- Imaging and pathology services - testing more that 60,000 samples as year.
The trust has strong links to all the regional universities, playing a leading role in medical education, training, research and development.
Based in Edgbaston, adjacent to the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, there are around 150 adult beds and 43 neonatal cots and an annual income of over £90 million. On average 50,000 patients a year are cared for, with approximately 3000 operations and delivery of more than 8,000 babies making it one of the busiest maternity departments in the UK.
As a specialist teaching healthcare trust, the focus is on delivering five distinct but inter-related clinical services. Brought together, these services combine to offer secondary local services to women, men and babies living in South Birmingham and tertiary services throughout the West Midlands and beyond.
On February 1, 2008, the trust was granted NHS Foundation Trust Status.