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Date: 10 April 2020
Acute Medicine is primarily an inpatient specialty caring for patients with a wide variety of medical issues and conditions warranting immediate and early treatment in an acute hospital setting. Due to the specialty covering a wide range of medical issues, medical staff often work in conjunction with other specialist teams to ensure patients receive the best care.
The Anaesthetic Department includes 85 consultants who are either consultant anaesthetists or consultants in Anaesthetics and Critical Care. Anaesthesia supports a number of different areas and specialities within the hospital.
The South Birmingham Breast Unit service is managed by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) and is located at the Birmingham Women's Hospital.
Through a close association with a large Plastic Surgery Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), the unit offers a full range of oncoplastic reconstructive procedures including free flaps.
Breast reconstruction is regularly undertaken in conjunction with colleagues in Plastic Surgery.
Burns and Plastics
QEHB is the Regional Plastic Surgery Centre for the West Midlands and is the largest department of plastic surgery in the country.
Burns and Plastics is closely involved with the Major Trauma Centre and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. It is an adult only service with children being treated by our sister department at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The Cardiac Surgery service provides expert medical care for the population of the West Midlands and beyond. The team provides general Cardiac Surgery procedures as well as specialist services such as heart and lung transplantation and aortic surgery.
There is a dedicated Cardiac Surgery ward and patients are also treated on the Intensive Therapy Unit and in Theatres. The service is supported by the Cardiology Department, which provides treatment for patients with all types of heart disease.
The Cardiology Department is one of the largest in the UK and provides treatment for patients with every type of heart disease.
There is a full adult Congenital Heart Disease Unit with an obstetric cardiac clinic and a comprehensive range of cardiac surgical treatments including valve replacements, bypass grafts and heart transplantation.
Critical Care provides 24/7 treatment to adults in a separate and self-contained area of the hospital. It is dedicated to the management and monitoring of patients with life threatening conditions. It provides specialist skills which include medical, nursing and other personnel experienced in the management of these patients. QEHB has the largest single Critical Care Unit in Europe, with 100 bed spaces.
The Dermatology Department has seven consultants and is establishing a reputation as a centre for high quality treatment and research.
The department aims to provide a world-class diagnostic and treatment service for adults with severe congenital and acquired skin disease and serves a growing population across the West Midlands, with tertiary referrals from outside the region.
The Diabetes Unit offers various general and sub-specialty clinics. These clinics are a mix of consultant, specialist nurse, dietetic and podiatry-led services.
The Diabetes Centre (outpatient clinics) provides diabetes education, advice and treatment for patients with diabetes. Inpatient diabetes support is provided by the diabetes consultants and by clinical nurse specialists.
QEHB provides inpatient and outpatient services in geriatric medicine to provide the best care for frail, older people, helping them to remain independent where possible.
The inpatient service comprises three wards specifically for the care and/or rehabilitation of older people as well as specialist beds on four other multi-specialty wards.
QEHB was designated a Major Trauma Centre in March 2012, receiving the most seriously injured patients from across the West Midlands.
Specialist teams treat the most complex injuries suffered by victims including massive internal bleeding, brain injury, multiple fractures and cardiac failure.
The Trust's Endocrine Department is a specialist referral centre which provides expert medical care to patients with a wide range of endocrine conditions from the West Midlands and beyond. The department combines provision of an excellent clinical service with an active, world-leading research programme.
ENT and Maxillofacial
The ENT Department has a team of consultants who each have a surgical area of sub-specialty interest and expertise. The specialist services are provided through multidisciplinary teams working with other surgical and medical specialties.
The department provides a regional cochlear implant service, a rapid anterior and lateral skull base service and the only fully comprehensive head and neck oncology service in Birmingham.
The Luminal Gastroenterology Department at QEHB delivers a comprehensive range of endoscopy services, inpatient care and outpatient services.
GI/General Surgery (including Colorectal and Upper GI Surgery)
The General Surgery Department has become one of the largest laparoscopic units in the UK and, in conjunction with Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, is a specialist upper GI cancer site for the Pan Birmingham Cancer Network.
The Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery team provides a comprehensive regional service for patients with both simple and complex benign and malignant gastro-oesophageal disease and sarcomas, in addition to general surgery.
QEHB provides a comprehensive clinical and laboratory Haematology service.
The specialist medical and nursing staff operate the Haematology ward and the day unit (with cell separator facilities), the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the West Midlands Adult Comprehensive Care Haemophilia Centre (offering a direct referral service for the investigation and diagnosis of hereditary and acquired bleeding disorders and thrombophilia states).
The Birmingham Hand Centre services include microvascular reconstruction, complex wrist injuries and nerve disorders including traumatic adult brachial plexus reconstruction. Elective hand surgery is undertaken both at the QEHB and at the nearby Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.
The service continues to develop and expand with further sub-specialty areas being developed, including upper limb spasticity and neurological reconstruction.
Cellular Pathology (Histopathology) covers all areas of Histo/Cytopathology except gynaecological, paediatric and peri-natal pathology. The department provides electron microscopy (a regional and national muscle biopsy service as part of the regional Neuropathology service) and Molecular Pathology (a regional, national and international service).
The HIV Department at QEHB offers non-judgmental, comprehensive outpatient care and services for individuals living with HIV.
UHB provides sexual health services at a number of clinics across the city.
The Liver and Hepato Pancreato Biliary Unit is one of the largest in the UK, providing a comprehensive range of hepatology (liver medicine) services to patients.
QEHB is a designated centre for liver or pancreatic cancer. Patients are managed in conjunction with oncologists from the Cancer Centre and other regional oncology centers.
The surgical component of the Liver Unit provides a regional service for Hepato-Pancreatic-Biliary surgery and a supra-regional service for liver transplantation. It is the largest unit in the UK performing 200 liver transplants, 150 major liver resections and 120 major pancreatic resections per year.
The department comprises both clinical and diagnostic microbiology and virology providing services to the QEHB and other health providers.
QEHB hosts a number of specialist services which present interesting and challenging opportunities for departmental involvement in diagnosis and management. There is a strong ethos of ward-based clinical liaison and multidisciplinary team working.
Neurology, Neurophysiology and Stroke
Neurology deals with diseases of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, nerve, muscle and their connections. QEHB is a regional centre providing treatment for Birmingham, the West Midlands and surrounding areas.
In addition to our general neurological and neurosurgical services, the department provides 24-hour emergency care and, as QEHB is a major trauma centre, our specialists work as part of a multidisciplinary team delivering urgent and complex neuro-trauma care.
Neurosurgery offers a regional service to patients requiring emergency or elective cranial and spinal surgery. The department works closely with Trauma to provide a multidisciplinary service to patients admitted through the Major Trauma Centre and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.
QEHB provides a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient cancer service. The hospital not only serves the local population but is also a referral centre for patients from all over the country and beyond.
The Ophthalmology Department treats about 30,000 outpatients every year for a wide range of eye conditions.
The department provides both medical and surgical treatment, with four major areas of research activity: neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, retinal disease, and inflammatory eye disease.
The Pain Management Service provides an outpatient service to assist people with chronic pain. A multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and clinical psychologists offers education, advice, treatment and support.
The Imaging Department provides a comprehensive range of vascular and non-vascular interventions utilising various high specification imaging equipment.
The Radiotherapy Department is the largest department of its type in the region. The team provides a regional cancer centre service for the West Midlands and treats patients with rare tumour types from other areas.
Renal Medicine/Renal Surgery
QEHB provides large and comprehensive secondary and tertiary care services across all areas of medicine. To support this, the hospital has a large acute kidney injury and plasmapheresis programme, with a 25-station acute dialysis unit and 54 inpatient beds.
There is tight integration between clinical work and research, with a commitment to research across a range of areas and a growing portfolio of projects under the direction of faculty members.
The Department of Respiratory Medicine currently includes ten consultant respiratory physicians and a consultant clinical scientist whom offer a full range of Respiratory services.
The Respiratory Department also has access to multiple CT and MRI scanners, dedicated lung cytology and histology services, and a full microbiological service. Bronchoscopy, including endobronchial ultrasound, and local anaesthetic thoracoscopy are also provided.
The department runs combined rheumatology and orthopaedic clinics including a combined hand clinic with colleagues from the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.
The service is supported by a wide range of professions including a specialist podiatrist, orthotists, expert physiotherapists and occupational therapists. A full spectrum of investigative facilities is available within QEHB.
QEHB is a specialist centre for trauma care and research and in March 2012 was awarded Major Trauma Centre status to treat the most seriously injured patients from across the West Midlands.
The hospital has a world-renowned reputation for the care of injured military personnel where strategies in relation to resuscitation and surgery are transferred into the care of civilian patients.
Urology is the field of surgery that deals with the diseases of urinary tracts in males and females, and of the male reproductive system.
The department has close links with the University of Birmingham, giving patients the earliest possible access to cutting-edge treatments and technologies.
Vascular Surgery deals with the management of diseases of arteries, veins and lymphatics. It encompasses: prevention of stroke with carotid endarterectomy, treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, and lower limb salvage with arterial leg bypasses.
Fellowships at partner organisations
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
- Ear, nose and throat surgery (ENT)
- Emergency Medicine
- General Medicine
- General Surgery
- Geriatric Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Vascular Surgery
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
- Cardiac Surgery
- Chemical Pathology
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Paediatric Psychiatry)
- Child protection
- Cleft Surgery
- Clinical Genetics
- Craniofacial Surgery
- Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery (including airway surgery)
- Fertility (Assisted Conception)
- Fetal Medicine
- General Paediatrics
- General surgery
- Haematology (with haemoglobinopathy and disorders of coagulation)
- Hand Surgery
- Hepatobiliary (with liver and renal transplant)
- Hepatology (with liver transplant)
- Inherited Metabolic Disease
- Laboratory Genetics
- Maxillofacial Surgery
- Neonatal Surgery
- Nephrology (with renal transplant medicine)
- Neurology (with paediatric rehabilitation)
- Neurosurgery (with epilepsy surgery)
- Oncology (with bone marrow transplant)
- Paediatric Anaesthesia
- Paediatric Emergency Medicine (with major trauma)
- Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine
- Paediatric Radiology
- Paediatric Transport Medicine
- Perinatal Pathology
- Plastic Surgery
- Respiratory Medicine
- Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery