Birmingham Children's Hospital

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Birmingham Children's Hospital

The Birmingham Children's Hospital is a children's hospital located in Birmingham, England.

It provides general and emergency health care services to children in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond. It specialises in liver transplantation, cardiac, and neonatal surgery. Birmingham Children's also hosts the West Midlands Regional Centre for Cleft Lip and Palate, providing a mulitidiscipliary service for cleft patients, including speech & language therapy, dental, orthodontics, maxillofacial, plastic surgery and psychology. It is currently the only hospital in the UK to carry out intestinal transplants in children.

Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The hospital is managed by the Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which also provides Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for the city. The current Chief Executive is Sarah-Jane Marsh, who is married to NHS England Chief Executive David Nicholson.

It opened in 1862 as the Birmingham and Midland Free Hospital for Sick Children at 138–9 Steelhouse Lane. It moved to a new site on Ladywood Road in 1917. A charity concert was held called "Heart Beat 86" at the National Exhibition Centre, featuring George Harrison and raising money for the hospital.

In 1998 the hospital returned to Steelhouse Lane, to the buildings previously used by the General Hospital.

A helicopter landing pad is marked near the road in front of the hospital. When it is used, police officers encircle the area and prevent vehicles from moving along the road until the helicopter has departed and the patient taken into the hospital.

The Hospital treats nearly 250,000 children a year from all over the UK, and is regarded as one of the best children's hospitals in Europe.

In 2007, a new extension designed by RPS Group was opened. The modern extension houses a burns unit, one of three such centres of excellence in the country. As well as this, it contains an outpatients department, a neo-natal Unit, a burns ward and a burns operating theatre, as well as additional classrooms for the Education Centre, allowing children to continue their education whilst undergoing medium to long term care in the hospital.

A brand-new £1 million research facility has been built at the Hospital, in a joint venture with The Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility. The Hospital also hosts a Teenage Cancer Trust ward build jointly with the TCT.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is Internationally recognised as one of the best of such centres in the World

The Birmingham Children's Hospital is a Grade A locally listed building. .