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Old August 13th, 2009, 02:43 PM   #21
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The two main blocks remind me of the Cube.....after too many Big Macs
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Old August 13th, 2009, 04:02 PM   #23
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Well going to hospital certiantly wont be boring in South and West Birmingham now.

I wonder if Albion will consider moving to the hospitals roof to play their football, mind they would have to play wingers.
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It looks like the multi-storey carpark they rejected for Eastside.
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Now they better get cracking with east and north Birmingham! Good Hope is looking mighty grim nowadays!
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Old August 14th, 2009, 05:35 PM   #26
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Well going to hospital certiantly wont be boring in South and West Birmingham now.

I wonder if Albion will consider moving to the hospitals roof to play their football, mind they would have to play wingers.
Very good NeilM
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Old August 18th, 2010, 04:02 PM   #27
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Frank Skinner and Prince William among names suggested for Birmingham's new £484m hospital in Smethwick
Aug 18 2010 by Alison Dayani, Birmingham Mail

FUNNYMAN Frank Skinner, brewery Mitchell and Butler and Prince William.

These are just a few of the inspirations put forward as suggestions for the name of a new £484 million hospital for Birmingham and the Black Country.

More than 680 suggestions have poured in from locals including the Frank Skinner Hospital, Black Country Pride Hospital, the Mitchell and Butler Hospital and GKN Memorial Hospital.

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust bosses have appealed for help in naming the hospital, which will be built at Grove Lane, in Smethwick, and replace Victorian City Hospital, in Winson Green, Rowley Regis Hospital and Sandwell Hospital, in West Bromwich.

It is close to where the former GKN and Mitchell and Butler factories were based.

Many suggestions have also made reference to the history and geography of the hospital’s site including the Royal Grove, The Cape, as it is near Cape Hill, Knettlefold, Canalside and Archway.

A Trust spokeswoman said: “Over the past few months, members of the public, staff and patients have been suggesting ideas for the name of the new hospital.

“We have even had someone suggest the Frank Skinner Hospital. I suppose it is because he is from Smethwick.

“Florence Nightingale and Prince William also made an appearance in the list. Names that don’t make the shortlist may be kept to name different areas of the new hospital like children’s wards and restaurants.”

Skinner is one of the most famous sons from Smethwick, among Britain’s most famous comedians, and returns frequently to the area as a West Bromwich Albion fan.

A final shortlist will be decided at the Trust’s Board meeting on August 26 and local people will then have the chance to vote for their favourite before a final decision is made.

The new 650-bed hospital is set to open in Smethwick in 2016.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 03:28 PM   #28
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I like the title Cape Hill Hospital and they could use the names suggested as Ward names. M&B Ward could be for liver disease, while funny bone breakages could be fixed in the Frank Skinner Ward.....
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 02:17 AM   #29
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I like the title Cape Hill Hospital and they could use the names suggested as Ward names. M&B Ward could be for liver disease, while funny bone breakages could be fixed in the Frank Skinner Ward.....
And if you broke your crown you could go to the Prince William ward.

Maybe those with stomach problems could go to the ******s and Peas ward?
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 04:18 PM   #30
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have any of you seen the designs for the changes to the children hospital? the new entrance is really good
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Old September 6th, 2010, 12:36 PM   #31
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Your chance to name Birmingham's new £484 million hospital
Sep 6 2010 by Alison Dayani, Birmingham Mail

AS A swanky new £484 million hospital prepares to become a shining beacon for Birmingham and the Black Country, the Birmingham Mail is today giving YOU the chance to help decide what it will be called.

Some of the best homegrown talent, such as rock’s ‘Prince of Darkness’ Ozzy Osbourne to TV presenter Adrian Chiles, celebrity chef Rustie Lee and soul singer Ruby Turner, are championing such an important legacy for the future.

Each is representing one of four names shortlisted by hospital bosses after they sifted through a staggering 682 public suggestions for vitally important building at Grove Lane, Smethwick.

The final title will come down to:

The Midlands Metropolitan Hospital – which gets Ozzy Osbourne’s vote.

Birmingham and Black Country Hospital – championed by West Bromwich Albion fan Adrian Chiles

Grove Lane Hospital – the choice of Handsworth super-chef Rustie Lee

James Brindley Hospital – preferred by city soul songstress Ruby Turner.

The vote will run for a month from today so Birmingham Mail readers can have their say, with results helping to play a part in the final decision by the Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust board at the end of October. Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, aged 61, was raised in Aston before global stardom rocketed him to Hollywood, but the star still feels close links to his ‘home town’.

“The Midlands Metropolitan Hospital does the job,” said Ozzy, from his tour bus in America.

“I can see people calling it ‘The Met’, which also has a certain ring to it.”

Adrian Chiles, the 43-year-old Quinton-born presenter of new ITV breakfast show Daybreak, was keen to get people behind the name Birmingham and Black Country Hospital.

Chiles said: “The Birmingham and Black Country Hospital is a name as straightforward, no-nonsense and honest as the people it will serve.”

While an excited Rustie Lee, from Handsworth who now lives near Bewdley, Worcestershire, with husband Andreas, said: “I am so honoured to be taking part in something that will shape Birmingham’s future, so come on everybody, get behind my pick of Grove Lane Hospital.

“People still call City Hospital Dudley Road Hospital because that’s where it is. The new hospital will be in Grove Lane so this is the name that makes the most sense.”

Birmingham soul star Ruby Turner, aged 52, who hails from Handsworth and tours regularly with Jools Holland, was keen to get locals behind the James Brindley Hospital title for its historic qualities.

“We have so many canals here in Birmingham and this new site is next to a canal designed by James Brindley, so the name is more than suited,” said Ruby.

“It will mean future generations can look back and recognise what Mr Brindley contributed to this great city.”

The Birmingham Mail vote lines open today and will close on October 6.
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Old September 6th, 2010, 03:06 PM   #32
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Old October 28th, 2010, 08:34 PM   #33
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New Birmingham and Black Country hospital named Midland Metropolitan
Oct 28 2010 By Alison Dayani

The new £370 million hospital for Birmingham and the Black Country is to be called the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.

Bosses of Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust have made the historic decision following a public vote in the Birmingham Mail and canvassing views from the area.

Brummie rock legend Ozzy Osbourne championed the name in a phone vote by the Birmingham Mail saying it was a grand name that could be fondly known as ‘The Met’ when it opens in 2016.

Overall, the Trust received 952 written and phone votes on the shortlisted names.

Names suggested included Birmingham and Black Country Hospital, Grove Lane Hospital and James Brindley Hospital - backed by celebrities Adrian Chiles, Rustie Lee and Ruby Turner respectively.

Although James Brindley was the least popular with only 15 per cent of the vote, the other three results were extremely close, with 29 per cent for Birmingham and Black Country and 28 per cent each for the Metropolitan and Grove Lane titles.

Sue Davis, Trust chairwoman, said: “There seemed to be no general consensus for any particular name, except the one was less popular so it goes to board members to make the final important decision.

“The Midland Metropolitan Hospital is what it will be and long may she serve. This is a historic decision for the future.”

Views were taken from 369 community groups and 349 faith organisations plus 13 community centres in the suburbs affected.

The overall result was reflected in the Birmingham Mail phone vote which saw the Midland Metropolitan get 27 per cent of nearly 200 votes cast, Birmingham and Black Country title on 28 per cent, Grove Lane on 30 per cent and James Brindley on 15 per cent.

There was £90 raised through the phone vote which will be donated to Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Fund.

The new state of the art hospital will be built in Grove Lane, Smethwick, to replace City Hospital, in Winson Green, Sandwell Hospital, in West Bromwich, and Rowley Regis Hospital.

Birmingham City Hospital is to undergo a radical overhaul to create same sex wards after bosses were faced with £55million a year fines.

The coalition Government is getting tough with the hospital’s management, telling them if they did not make the £1.5million alterations, they will face the hefty charges.

But doctors and nurses at the hospital, in Dudley Road, Winson Green, are against the move on clinical grounds as it will mean most wards will no longer be based on specialities.

Due to restrictions with Victorian era building, most will be general wards treating men or women with varying illnesses.

Managers fear the best staff could move to other hospitals where they can continue working under their chosen speciality such as rehabilitation, ear nose and throat and respiratory departments.

Sue Davis, Trust chairwoman, said male and female patients were already kept separate on wards but passed each others beds if they needed to go to the bathroom due to the constrictions of such an old building, dating back to the late 1800s.

“It is clear that we have no choice in this,” said Mrs Davis. “I am sure the patients would expect and hope for a nurse who had specialist knowledge in their illness.

"The irony is that most patients will have people of the opposite sex walking past in the end of their beds at visiting times, but that is seen as acceptable.”

The overhaul will see 17 wards at City Hospital changed, affecting 500 nurses plus associated areas like pharmacy.
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Old October 28th, 2010, 10:51 PM   #34
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What a surprise!! When are we going to stop using such vague names?? We have a West Midland Safari Park, West Midlands Golf Course, the Midland Metro, Great Midlands Fun Run.....
What I'm getting at is that other cities (and city regions) around the country use their identities so much better than we do. Nottingham has a tram called the Nottingham Tram - why isn't ours called the Greater Birmingham Metro? Why is our fun run in Sutton Coldfield not called the Great Birmingham Fun Run?
This hospital name has just become yet another lazy "Midland" location, yet is slap bang in the middle of our city region. It should have been called something that defines its actual location and not some nonsensical load of bollocks.
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Yes, I have to agree MSP ; so many missed opportunities to put the city name on the map.The hospital sounds like it could be in Derby or Stoke and yet it is a stone's throw from the city centre .Today's LEP news highlights in some way the need for a challenging figurehead .
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I don't see the issue - it's not in Brum is it? Although it serves Brum it would be wrong to name it solely after Brum. I would have preferred something with more meaning but 'Metropolitan' has a nice ring to it and is a good description.

The QE doesn't mention Brum and we're fine with that!
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I quite like Metropolitan as well.

As for the Sutton Fun Run, I think it's named that because it's sponsored by the local paper.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 10:43 PM   #39
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It's the use of the term "Midland" that always gets my goat! Although it is not technically in Birmingham it is probably only 5 miles from the city centre, but being in Sandwell the exact location has to disappear from the name of course! I do like the use of "Metropolitan" though.
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The proposed site falls just outside the bham boundary similar to how the baggies ground falls next to the bham boundary as well. I would have preferred it called Birmingham & the Black Country Hospital.
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