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Old October 30th, 2010, 04:56 PM   #41
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It should of been called "Greater Birmingham Metropolitan Hospital"
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Old October 30th, 2010, 11:02 PM   #42
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dear lord..... get a grip..... as bio says, if its so important to have birmingham in the name, mayvbe we want to focus on getting birmingham into the name of hospitals that are actually in Birmingham!!!!

on another not, have we actually seen detailed plans for this hospital yet?
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Old October 30th, 2010, 11:37 PM   #43
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One last point Woody - it should have been called Sandwell Met because that's where it is just about. I never said it should have the word "Birmingham" in it but the use of the word "Midland" is somehow more important than "Sandwell". That's my argument. Cape Hill or even Smethwick would have been just as good.

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Calm down Woody, LOL
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Old October 31st, 2010, 08:14 PM   #45
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Does anyone know if the Midland Met is going to have a bypass road from Birmingham just like the QE hospital new road developments?
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Old October 31st, 2010, 08:20 PM   #46
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Apart from the treatment centre and eye hospital on the Dudley road site the rest of the hospital is going to probably get demolished which will leave a large area for development. A new area for park central maybe!
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Old November 1st, 2010, 03:23 PM   #47
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To be honest with you I'm actually a little disappointed this is going to happen. Not because there's going to be a new hospital, but that it comes at the cost of both City Road and Sandwell. The care I've received at these two over the past year has been outstanding, and I'll be very sorry to see them go.
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Old January 25th, 2011, 04:56 PM   #48
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Looks like it's on it's way.

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NHS granted permission to buy up land to build Midland Metropolitan Hospital

* By Alison Dayani
* Jan 25 2011


A new £370million hospital for Birmingham and the Black Country is a step closer after getting approval for a Compulsory Purchase Order.
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Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust bosses have been given Government permission to buy up land for the building in Grove Lane, Smethwick.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley confirmed the CPO in a letter to Trust bosses, saying: “There is a compelling case, in the public interest, for the confirmation of the order to facilitate the construction of a new hospital and associated facilities.”

The Land Acquisition Group and Project Team will now move ahead with plans for the Midland Metropolitan Hospital to replace Victorian City Hospital, in Winson Green, and Sandwell Hospital, in West Bromwich.

Sue Davis, Chair of the Trust, said: “This is really good news for people in Sandwell and Western Birmingham who are one step closer to seeing the Midland Metropolitan Hospital become a reality.

“Local people deserve the very best healthcare facilities and we delighted that we reached another milestone on the journey.

“Clearly we must now wait for approval of the Outline Business Case which is currently being reviewed by the Department of Health and the Treasury.”

All major NHS investment schemes must now be evaluated for the strength of their economic case by Whitehall, but Trust chiefs have been advised that the project should meet requirements and be approved.

Trust managers have already purchased a third of the land voluntarily but needed the CPO order to gain the rest of the plot, which lies empty.

The hospital has already been selected a name – Midland Metropolitan Hospital – and Trust chiefs hope to open the new hospital by 2016.

It will have 666 beds with 129 further beds in community health centres.

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Old January 25th, 2011, 07:45 PM   #49
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dear lord..... get a grip..... as bio says, if its so important to have birmingham in the name, mayvbe we want to focus on getting birmingham into the name of hospitals that are actually in Birmingham!!!!

on another not, have we actually seen detailed plans for this hospital yet?
The QE is becoming a bit of a mess, the old hospital is open and so is the new, so patients don't know which hospital to go to. Complicated by the fact, the hospital in communication with patients, doctors and healthcare professionals keep calling both hospitals 'University Hospital Birmingham' (the name of the trust) trying to get a monopoly over the Birmingham name. Hopefully, with the consortiums of rich GPs the UHB name will become defuncted. Although the admin managers will not be facing the sack -as Blair-babies it is what most deserve for doing nothing but making/filing paperwork.
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Old January 25th, 2011, 11:23 PM   #50
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Well considering the scale of moving Selly Oak and the old QE to new QE in phases it's no surprise the old QE is still open. It will naturally confuse some but I imagine letters will clearly note if patients need to now go to the new hospital.

I hardly think using UHB's trust name is an attempt to get a 'monopoly over the Birmingham name'.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 01:28 PM   #51
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feltip you missed the point, the silly trust people have changed their letter heads to refer to all three hospitals including the new hospital as University Hospital Birmingham. So letters do not indicate which hospital, hence some very upset patients!
I can't wait for the PCTs to be dismantled as it would provide more patient centred care, but realise that the top-level idiots (Paper Managers) are keeping their jobs. (Exception to patient centred care is Mental Health which will continue to be sub-standard and not value for money)

Getting back to this proposal. I never knew it meant demolishing the old Dudley road Hospital which is a fantastic hospital and still fit for purpose. Given the significant reduction in beds its obviously had some meddling by managers (who have never cared after a patient). Will all the proposals be reviewed when the PCTs are dismantled. If it does get the go-ahead would someone be sensible enough to increase beds to at least 1,000 and also have construction factor-in future expansion?
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Old February 5th, 2011, 06:05 PM   #52
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Looking at the compulsory purchase order plan the new hospital site looks smaller than the city hospital site.

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Midland Metropolitan Hospital reaches milestone .

Plans for a major new hospital in Smethwick have reached another milestone with the formal publication of notice of compulsory purchase order approval.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust received approval last month from Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to use NHS compulsory purchase (CPO) powers to buy the remaining land it needs in Grove Lane to build the Midland Metropolitan Hospital. Today (Thursday), it is formally publishing notice of the approval in the local press. It is only the second time an NHS organisation has been granted permission to use CPO powers.

Hospital surveyors are working with current landowners over the purchase of their land as part of the CPO process, although the Trust is also continuing talks with them about voluntary sale of the land. The Trust already owns about a third of the 6.7 hectare site on Grove Lane where it plans to build the state of the art hospital.

The Trust is now waiting for final approval of its outline business case from the Department of Health and Treasury before it starts the process to find a partner to build the hospital. The plans are on track to see builders move on site in 2013 and the hospital open in 2016.
Trust Chair, Sue Davis, said: “This is really good news for people in Sandwell and western Birmingham who are one step closer to seeing the Midland Metropolitan Hospital become a reality. Local people deserve the very best healthcare facilities and we are delighted that we reached another milestone on the journey.”
The hospital is part of a wider health and social care programme – known as the Right Care Right Here programme – which brings the health agencies and local authorities together to improve healthcare, providing more care closer to where people live, in better facilities. The plans for the Midland Metropolitan Hospital are a key part of the regeneration of Sandwell and the west of Birmingham and are set to create a jobs boost for the area.

New Hospital Project Director Graham Seager said: “The flagship building will become the civic heart of the area and a point of pride for the community. It will act as a catalyst for new, mixed use regeneration, helping to inspire new confidence in the area and encourage major new public and private investment.”

In the Inspector’s report which followed a public inquiry into the use of the CPO last year, the Inspector, David Prentis, concludes: “There is a compelling case, in the public interest, for the confirmation of the Order to facilitate the construction of a new hospital and associated facilities.”
His report went on to say: “I have concluded that there is a clear need for the proposed hospital as part of the Trust’s broader strategy for the delivery of improved healthcare. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that the Order lands would provide a site of the required size in the most appropriate available location. Whilst these are the most important factors weighing in favour of confirmation of the Order, I consider that the proposal would also support the wider regeneration of Smethwick in accordance with the objectives of the AAP and the emerging CS. In my view this factor contributes to the case for confirmation.

“It would create high quality new buildings in a landscaped setting which would enhance an important gateway site. The new hospital would retain a significant number of jobs in the local economy. The canal, which is now largely hidden from public view, would become part of the pedestrian public realm. The environment of the canal would be improved, enhancing its value as a local amenity and a wildlife corridor. “

The Trust’s Medical Director, Donal O’Donoghue, said: “The areas of Sandwell and the west of Birmingham suffer from some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country, which has a hugely detrimental effect on the state of health in the community. The health and social care services in the area face desperately challenging health needs which are a major cause for concern. This is a wholly unacceptable and untenable situation which we are trying to change as a matter or urgency.

“Many of the existing hospital facilities are much more than 100 years old and not suitable for modern healthcare. The new hospital will upgrade existing facilities significantly, leading to much improved delivery of health services and improved education and training.”

In a week of key developments for the Right Care Right Here programme, its partnership board – which comprises senior health and local authority figures – approved a Travel and Access Strategy which is supported by local transport providers. The strategy sets out to ensure at least 90% of people within Sandwell and western Birmingham who use public transport will be able to get to the new hospital, community hospitals (Rowley Regis, Sandwell Hospital in West Bromwich, and the Birmingham Treatment Centre on the City Hospital site on the Dudley Road in Birmingham) by public transport within 30 minutes.

Relevant documents:
Form of notice of confirmation of a compulsory purchase order
http://www.swbh.nhs.uk/index.php?opt...id=388&Itemid=
Compulsory purchase order plan
http://www.swbh.nhs.uk/index.php?opt...id=386&Itemid=
http://www.swbh.nhs.uk/about-us/news...ches-milestone
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Old February 5th, 2011, 06:21 PM   #53
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Shame that there isn't going to be a tram stop close by. Then you could get The Midland Metro to the Midland Metro
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Time for a thread title change too - Woody?
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Hopes high for approval of new £370m hospital in Smethwick



by Alison Dayani, Birmingham Post
Sep 1 2011

Bosses of a planned new £370 million hospital for Birmingham and the Black Countr are hopeful of getting a Government seal of approval for the project by the end of the year.

The Department of Health has held the outline business case files for the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital since last November.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and his officials are still mulling over rubber-stamping the project, which relies on Whitehall and Treasury approval to move ahead.




John Adler, chief executive of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which is building the hospital to replace the ageing City Hospital, in Winson Green, Rowley Regis Hospital and Sandwell Hospital, in West Bromwich, said the Treasury was considering the case.

“The Department of Health officials have been to visit us again for detailed assessments but the vibe was positive,” said Mr Adler. “They won’t have a timetable but I am hopeful of getting approval by the end of the year.

‘‘It will be one way or the other by then.

“The Primary Care Trust clusters and GP consortia in the area are very supportive of the plans.And a roadblock has been lifted now the Government has said it will be underwriting Private Finance Initiative (PFIs) projects, as banks said they wouldn’t lend the money if they didn’t.

“It feels like the foot is on the gas again at the moment.”

The new hospital will have 666 beds, with 129 further beds in community health centres.

The trust was given Government approval for a Compulsory Purchase Order to start buying up land for the building in Grove Lane, Smethwick, in January.

But all major NHS investment schemes must be evaluated for the strength of their economic case by Whitehall before they go ahead. Delays are pushing back the planned opening date of the hospital in 2016 and affecting its Foundation status application.

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Traders furious over ‘derisory’ land offers
Wednesday 30th May 2012, 12:03PM BST.

Traders being bought out to make way for a £370 million super hospital will take health chiefs to tribunal if they do not improve on ‘derisory’ offers for their land.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust is buying out businesses ready for the planned Midland Metropolitan Hospital, which is to be built on Grove Lane in time for 2016 opening. The trust is buying up the remaining half of the land it needs for the scheme over the next four months, despite the Government not yet approving its funding.

But those affected on the development site say they have been offered just a fraction of what their sites are worth.

If they cannot reap their sites’ full value, owners say they cannot afford new premises and will be forced to take the trust to Lands Tribunal to recoup the difference. The tribunal settles disputes over land valuations.

Vanya Rogers, spokeswoman for the Trust, said: “We’ve based our financial assessments on the current, not on the historical value of the site. We believe the offers we are making are fair according to the information we have.”

But Paul Hampson has run the family business Hampson Haulage Ltd on Grove Lane for the past 30 years, and employs 20.

He said he had been offered around £185,000 for his site, which he said was a third of recent valuations.

Mr Hampson added: “It is a derisory amount. It works out to about £14 per sq ft and we think it should be nearer £30 per sq ft.”

Andy and Jan Hillier, who run SMP limited on London Street, said the trust’s surveyor recently upped their offer to around £250,000, but it did not yet match their £313,970 price tag.

Mrs Hillier said: “The offer changed from £200,000 to £250,000 so quickly, that they must understand the valuations are low.

“If we don’t get the value we are going to have to take them to Lands Tribunal.”

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PFI relaunched as PF2 with wave of projects
Aaron Morby | Tue 4th December | 7:36


Chancellor George Osborne will tomorrow release a wave of projects to go forward under the revamped version of PFI to be known as PF2.

The centrepiece of the new Private Finance 2 initiative will be the release of the £1.75bn programme to build and refurbish 219 schools.

PF2 will also be used to build the next generation of hospitals and roads, with a new £400m Black Country hospital in Smethwick set to pilot PF2 in the health sector.

He is also expected to reveal plans to raise an extra £5bn for capital projects by demanding extra departmental savings in current spending of 1% next year and 2% in 2014/15. At least £1bn of this is understood to have been earmarked to build 100 new free schools and academies.

These are in addition to the new PF2 schools programme that the industry has been eagerly awaiting.

Under the overhauled PFI, the Government will become a minority stakeholder in project companies, giving it a seat on the board and a share of profits. Typically it is expected to take a stake of around 20%, but it could be as high as 49%.

Project companies will also be made to publish details of profits and also make transparent future taxpayer liabilities.

In his Autumn statement tomorrow, Osborne will attempt to speed up the project pipeline by setting an 18-month limit on project negotiations to avoid a re-run of the painfully lengthy PFI process where projects could take up to five years to reach financial close.

The Government will also introduce new contract clauses to allow hospitals and local authorities room to renegotiate service agreements with other providers, if they are more cost effective.

Osborne will also reveal he has saved £1.5bn by renegotiating current PFI deals with a further £1bn expected to be clawed back in continuing talks with the private sector.

The drawn out review of PFI has caused a big hiatus in major projects coming forward, but the Chancellor will now commit the Government to press ahead with a raft of new schemes to help kick-start the economy.

Anna Stewart, Chief Financial and Commercial Officer at Laing O’Rourke said: “We welcome the Government’s announcement on the new approach to PFI, particularly the move to provide more transparency and efficiency in the procurement process.

“We now look forward to a true partnership with the Public Sector as a co-investor and see opportunities to drive innovative, higher value outcomes for the UK tax payer.

“We now need to see a steady pipeline of opportunities starting to appear off the back of these changes to help kick-start the economy and provide much needed stimulus to the construction industry and the wider UK economy.”
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hearing word that this will be bid by contracots in the next 3-4 months lookign for a start on site for june-july 2014 anyone able shed any light on that
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From a research and investment point of view the best thing to ever happen to Dudley Road Hospital was to be renamed Birmingham City Hospital. It has built a credible reputation over the last twenty years throughout Europe and Americas.

It's lead to a lot of good clinicians and scientists moving here, as it has Birmingham in its name and it is very quickly accessible from the City centre. It would be a shame for the people of the Black Country and Birmingham if it does not get renamed Birmingham Metropolitan Hospital or keep its prestigious original name Birmingham City Hospital.

Sandwell hospital is considered a poor DGH. The Midlands name although relevant (esp. with hardcore Sandwellies) does not really sell the hospital to those that could work there or invest! at the end of the day that is what will lead to good quality care.

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Given the ageing population, they better replace and keep the Sheldon Block. 666beds is not enough, it would have to be about 1000 to cope otherwise it will not lead to better quality of care unless the goverment are banned from interference in the front-line -and we re-organise by re-opening a lot of cottage hospitals inc. downgrading sandwell hospital

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hearing word that this will be bid by contracots in the next 3-4 months lookign for a start on site for june-july 2014 anyone able shed any light on that
With the old QE being forced to re open through excessive demand I assume it will be pushed ahead
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