Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals
Birmingham Heartland Hospital is located near the city centre in the Small Heath area with Solihull Hospital approximately 5 miles to the South.
Heartlands is a large teaching hospital which serves a diverse community. All major specialties with the exception of elective orthopaedics, neuro and cardiac surgery are provided on site.
Surgery is provided in one of 11 operating theatres at the Trust. The Critical Care Service has the ability to manage 11 level 3 and 5 level 2 Unit patients and provides an outreach service to the wards. The regional thoracic unit is located at Heartlands Hospital and there are approximately 7 full days of operating each week. Other major specialties include a chronic and acute pain service, vascular, bariatric, complex urological and ENT surgery. The obstetric unit has over 4000 deliveries per year and accepts complex cases.
We are fortunate to have a very active research department headed by Professor F Gao and provide an opportunity for trainees to gain research experience and academic qualifications. In addition we currently have 2 primary FRCA examiners, two Programme Directors and two Regional Advisors working as consultant anaesthetists in the Trust demonstrating our commitment to training and education.
Solihull Hospital is the site for all elective orthopaedic and ophthalmic surgery as well as less complex general and gynaecological procedures. There are 5 main, 1 obstetric and 2 day case theatres. Currently the Intensive Care unit has 3 level 3 beds.
The anaesthetic department provides a service to both Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals and comprises 38 consultants, 24 trainees six NCCGs and a number of fellows posts in research, thoracic anaesthesia and pain medicine.
Good Hope Hospital
Good Hope Hospital is part of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and serves North Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and a large part of south east Staffordshire, including Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth. The catchment population is about 450,000.
The hospital has an accident and emergency department and other specialties on site include orthopaedic surgery, colorectal and upper GI surgery, and urology.
In addition to this, acute and general medicine, cardiology, elderly care and stroke, paediatrics, respiratory medicine, diabetes, obstetrics and gynaecology, maternity services and ophthalmology are also provided.
The Anaesthetic Department staffing includes 17 consultants, 7 specialist trainees, 3 core trainees, 2 associate specialists and 6 staff grades. Secretarial support is provided by 2 full-time secretaries.
Training opportunities are provided in many areas including obstetrics, intensive care medicine, regional anaesthesia and chronic pain.
The departmental educational opportunities include weekly tutorials and protected teaching time for trainees to attend the local Primary and Final FRCA courses.
Trainees have access to departmental IT resources in addition to the extensive educational and training facilities offered by the Education Centre library.