University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is the leading university teaching hospital in the West Midlands. It is one of the most consistently high performing trusts in the NHS and has been rated “excellent” for financial management and “excellent” for quality of clinical and non-clinical services by the Healthcare Commission.
The Trust employs around 6,900 staff and provides adult services to more than half a million patients every year, from a single outpatient appointment to a heart transplant. The Trust is a regional centre for cancer, trauma, burns and plastics, and has the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe.
On 16 June 2010 UHB’s new £545 million Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham opened.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB)
Birmingham is one of Britain’s leading centres for the treatment and research of burn injuries. The city is formally designated as the Burns Centre for both adults and children in the Midlands, and has seven specialist consultant burns surgeons.
One hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), is home to three key elements of Birmingham’s burns research centre: the Adult Burns Centre, Adult Trauma Centre, and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM).
QEHB’s Adult Burns Centre has 17 beds dedicated for adult burns patients, as well as a fully functioning Skin Culture Laboratory, which provides cultured cells not only to local patients, but across the UK.
The Burns Centre is adjacent to the 100-bedded Critical Care unit, the largest of its kind in the world.
The hospital is run by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which also runs Selly Oak Hospital. In 2001, Selly Oak Hospital was named as the home of the new Centre for Defence Medicine (later given Royal status), as the country moved to a system of treating military casualties in a combined NHS-military environment.
From 2001, all military casualties evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan for treatment were therefore brought to Selly Oak Hospital for treatment. This included a number of patients with serious burn injuries, which meant the country’s top military burns experts were working alongside their civilian counterparts and developing new ways of treating such injuries.
In 2010 the in-patient services at Selly Oak Hospital, including the RCDM, moved to the newly opened QEHB. As a result, QEHB is now home to some of the world’s leading burns experts, both military and civilian.