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03.04.2020

Heartlands Hospital Gynaecology Assessment Unit to be temporarily relocated and home birth service temporarily suspended

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group services update

Heartlands Hospital Gynaecology Assessment Unit to be temporarily relocated and home birth service temporarily suspended

Due to the unprecedented demand on the NHS during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we are temporarily relocating the Heartlands Hospital Gynaecology Assessment Unit (GAU) to Good Hope Hospital, from tomorrow (Thursday, April 2).

The Home Birth Service for pregnant women in the north and east of Birmingham has also been temporarily suspended with immediate effect, for the same reason.

In light of these changes, all women who require non-life threatening, emergency gynaecology assessment and early pregnancy complications assessment support will need to attend Good Hope Hospital for these services.

If patients are worried, they are advised to:

  • Contact NHS 111 – either online (111.nhs.uk) or by phone (available 24/7 and free to call)
  • Travel to Good Hope Hospital (as directed by their GP, community midwife, NHS 111) where there is a Gynaecology Assessment Unit. The referring person will phone the GAU to let them know patient on way via 0121 424 7747
  • Dial 999 (life threatening situations only e.g. loss of consciousness, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding or severe allergic reactions) with any subsequent ambulance journey being made to Good Hope Hospital.

If a patient is taken to Heartlands Hospital, they will be seen and treated, then asked to go to Good Hope Hospital for further assessment or discharged appropriately.

All women in the north and east of Birmingham, who would have chosen to have a home birth, will be asked to come to Good Hope or Heartlands Hospitals. They will be contacted by their community midwife, to discuss their options.

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