Birmingham Children's Hospital

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Birmingham Children's Hospital
Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
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Birmingham Children's Hospital
Birmingham Children's Hospital is located in West Midlands county
Birmingham Children's Hospital
Location in West Midlands
LocationBirmingham, England
Coordinates52°29′5.1″N 1°53′38″W / 52.484750°N 1.89389°W / 52.484750; -1.89389Coordinates: 52°29′5.1″N 1°53′38″W / 52.484750°N 1.89389°W / 52.484750; -1.89389
Care systemNHS
Hospital typeSpecialist
Affiliated universityUniversity of Birmingham
Emergency departmentYes
SpecialityChildren's hospital,
CAMHS (mental health), paediatric cardiac surgery
ListsHospitals in England

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a children's hospital located in Birmingham, England. It also provides Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for the city. It was managed by Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust.


The hospital was established as the Birmingham and Midland Free Hospital for Sick Children at 138–9 Steelhouse Lane in 1862.[1] It moved to a new site on Ladywood Middleway in 1917.[2]

In March 1986, a charity concert was held called "Heart Beat 86" at the nearby National Exhibition Centre, featuring George Harrison, which raised money for the hospital.[3]

In October 1998 the hospital returned to Steelhouse Lane, to the buildings previously used by the General Hospital, as the Diana, Princess of Wales Children's Hospital - in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales, who had died the year before.[2] The opening ceremony was carried out by the Queen.[2]

In 2007, a new extension designed by RPS Group was opened. The extension created a burns unit, one of three such centres of excellence in the country. As well as this, it established an outpatients department, a neo-natal Unit, a burns ward and a burns operating theatre, as well as additional classrooms for the Education Centre, allowing children to continue their education whilst undergoing medium to long term care in the hospital.[4]


Helipad between hospital and the Inner Ring Road

The trust led a consortium of organisations called Forward Thinking Birmingham commissioned to provide mental health services for young people in the city up to the age of 25 from April 2016. Services for adults were previously provided by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.[5]


The hospital was managed by the Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Trust until 2017 when it merged with the Women's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to create the Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust.[6]

The current chair of the trust is Sir Bruce Keogh and Chief Executive Sarah-Jane Marsh, who is married to former NHS England Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson. She was appointed Chief Executive of Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust with effect from 1 July 2015 and now runs the Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust.[7]


The trust was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 3236 full-time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 3.39%. 89% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 74% recommended it as a place to work.[8]

The Trust's Professor Anita Macdonald, Consultant Paediatric Dietitian was awarded an OBE for services to Dietetics in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Children in Hospital - A Hundred Years of Child Care in Birmingham, Rachel Waterhouse, Hutchinson & Co., 1962
  2. ^ a b c "History of the Hospital". Birmingham Children's Hospital. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Heart Beat 86". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  4. ^ "RPS designs the Birmingham children's Hospital Burns Unit in Birmingham". World Architecture News. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2007.
  5. ^ "Mental health procurement could have 'catastrophic' consequences". Health Service Journal. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Birmingham trusts hope to merge 'early next year'". Nursing Times. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Birmingham FT boss to run two trusts". Health Service Journal. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  8. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Pride of Birmingham winner Mohammed Zafran awarded British Empire Medal for helping 13,500 youngsters after family murder". Birmingham Mail. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.

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