A nurse with her patient on Ward 15

Transition of inpatient paediatric services from the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (BWC) has been requested by NHS England as specialised commissioners and local clinical commissioning groups to develop the paediatric orthopaedic service in order to provide inpatient orthopaedic activity currently provided by the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (ROH).

We’ve been working closely with our colleagues at ROH throughout with the joint priority of ensuring the safe and appropriate transfer of services for our patients and families.

Planning continues towards a transition of services in July 2019.

What next?

Ahead of us welcoming the new service we are carrying out work on an additional operating theatre to increase our capacity to treat the patients we will see following the transition. This work is scheduled to be completed by April 2019. We are also in the process of recruiting additional skilled theatre staff.

Over the coming months an independent review, commissioned by our Trust, will take place into our plans for the Paediatric Orthopaedic Oncology. The service is the most complex of those transferring and will be new to BWC. To offer additional assurance the new pathway being introduced is safe and effective it will be fully reviewed.

What does this mean for our patients?

We’re working in partnership with the teams at the ROH to ensure that any disruption to services is minimal.

To date, no appointments or surgeries have been delayed as a direct result of the plans to transition and we continue to work hard to make the transition as seamless as possible for our patients and families.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask relating to the transfer of services, please email roh.paeds-transition@nhs.net.

Oncology

Our Oncology department treats cancers in children and young people. Doctors working in Oncology work with teams in several parts of the hospital, but most patients will be treated on our specialist cancer ward.

Outpatients department

Oncology and Haematology Outpatients sees children with cancer who are well enough to stay at home and come into hospital for their treatment or for a check-up.

We treat around 250 new children and young people with cancer, leukaemia and brain tumours each year from around the West Midlands and beyond.

We offer specialist bone marrow transplants as well as haemophilia (bleeding disorders) and haemoglobinopathy services, which also see children from all over the UK.

Outpatient appointments in Waterfall House

From 1 August 2018, outpatient appointments will take place on the first floor of Waterfall house. Please proceed to reception on arrival. We will hold Oncology appointments in Outpatients 2 and 3, while Haemoglobinopathy and Haemophilia appointments will all be held in Outpatients 2.

Our team

Our team includes doctors, nurses (on the ward, in clinics and in the community), social workers, psychologists, play specialists, teachers and pharmacists. We also work with many other teams of doctors and nurses across the Children's hospital.

We see children and families at home, on the ward, in the outpatient clinic and in local hospitals.

Our consultants

Our department is led by a team of seven consultants. Together they are responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of children and young people with all types of solid or brain cancers, and work closely with our colleagues in Haematology who care for children with cancers of the blood (leukaemias) and blood disorders. Our consultants are nationally and internationally recognised as leaders in the treatment and research of children’s cancer.

Contact details

0121 333 9282