Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust were formed in April 2002 following the merger of Sandwell Healthcare NHS Trust and City Hospital NHS Trust. With the transfer of Sandwell’s community health services in the April 2011, the Trust now provides a wide range of acute and community services to a population of 540,000. These services are carried out from a number of sites, including the General Hospital in West Bromwich, City Hospital in Birmingham, Rowley Regis Community Hospital and Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre.
Sandwell General Hospital provides a broad range of services including A&E, an Emergency Assessment Unit and a Cardiac Care Unit as well as specialist services. The Trust hosts the Midland Eye Centre, a superspecialist facility across the region, a Pan- Birmingham Gynaecological Oncology Centre and the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre.
The Birmingham Treatment Centre at the City Hospital site provides facilities for diagnosis and treatment and includes an Ambulatory Surgical Unit with six theatres, extensive imaging facilities, an integrated breast care centre, teaching accommodation and outpatient facilities.
Solving information exchange challenges
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust wanted to improve patient care and realised that a key requirement to achieving this was in enabling its numerous IT systems to talk to each other. This would allow data to be integrated and managed to improve both the patient and clinician experience, such as enabling clinicians to be alerted to events e.g. when a patient is admitted to the emergency department. The Rhapsody platform was recommended by a neighbouring Trust for its proven ability to deliver results.
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