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Date: 23 October 2014

Time: 08:54

Benefits of the new hospital

Benefits of the new hospital

Better, faster and more pleasant care

Our new hospital represents a £545 million investment in health services for Birmingham and the Midlands. It provides a wide range of benefits that greatly improve the level of patient care our clinical teams can provide.

One modern hospital

It is built to the very latest healthcare standards and, for the first time, all of our services will be under one roof once the move is complete. This helps our emergency services, in particular, to provide care precisely when and where it is required. Despite its size, the hospital is designed to operate on a human scale, putting our patients at ease.

Care based on the needs of patients

Bright, welcoming and calm: the new hospital is designed specifically around the needs of patients and visitors, making coming to hospital easier and more pleasant. For example, there are dedicated patient and visitor lifts, with other lifts available for staff and the moving of goods. The new hospital allows us to support new ways of working that benefit both patients and staff.

More single rooms for improved privacy

Of the 1,213 inpatient beds in the new hospital, 44% are in single rooms and the rest in four-bed, single-sex rooms with en suite facilities.

A step change in our ability to fight infection

The new design also greatly improves our ability to prevent infection, as it gives us greater ability to protect or isolate patients who have a higher risk of picking up a bug or passing one on to others. Wards have clinical hand wash stations at their entrances to highlight the need to wash hands before entering and leaving.

New technology and equipment

Building the new hospital has allowed us to invest in the very latest equipment, bringing our services right up-to-date with the latest medical advances available to the NHS. This means the latest diagnostic scanners, new theatre equipment and even robots deployed in our pharmacy and laboratories to make drug dispensing and testing faster and safer.

Integrated services for timely care

We are now able to organise services in the most efficient and effective way so patients get the best and quickest service possible. We are able to provide more one-stop clinics, meaning fewer visits to hospital. We are carrying out more day surgery so patients do not spend so long in hospital and specialties are able to accelerate their service improvements. For example, renal patients now have access to dialysis on their ward.

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