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.
Established in 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
- Fertility services, see separate entry for the Birmingham Women's Fertility Centre
- Regional clinical and laboratory genetics
- Imaging and pathology services.
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 £70 million. On average 50,000 patients a year are cared for, with approximately 3000 operations and delivery of around 7,000 babies. Alongside Core Services, the trust hosts host two region-wide partnerships: the Cancer Intelligence Unit and the West Midlands Public Health Observatory. They also host the NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre.
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.