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City Hospital, Birmingham


City Hospital, Birmingham

City Hospital
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
The Hospital's 'Birmingham Treatment Centre', in September 2013
Location Winson Green, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Founded 1887 (1887)
Website .uk.nhs.swbhwww
Lists Hospitals in England

City Hospital (formerly Dudley Road Hospital, and still commonly referred to as such) is a major hospital in the city of Birmingham, England. It is located in the Winson Green area of the west of the city.

It was first built in 1889 as an extension to the Birmingham Union workhouse (whose building, though derelict, is still extant). It originally comprised a single corridor stretching for a quarter of a mile with nine Nightingale ward blocks radiating from it along its length. The original design was by an architect called W. H. Ward and was designed around a configuration recommended by Florence Nightingale.

It was originally known as the Birmingham Union Infirmary which later changed to the Dudley Road Infirmary before becoming Dudley Road Hospital. One of its notable surgeons, Hamilton Bailey, took the photos for the first edition of his famous textbook while at Dudley road.[1]

The Birmingham Treatment Centre opened on the City Hospital site in November 2005. This £35m development provides state of the art facilities for one-stop diagnosis and treatment and completely replaces the existing Outpatient Department. It includes an Ambulatory Surgical Unit with six theatres, extensive imaging facilities, an integrated breast care centre and teaching accommodation.

The site also includes the Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital, the West Midlands Poisons Unit and is a major centre for sickle cell treatment in the region.

Today City Hospital is part of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which was formed following the merger of City Hospital NHS Trust and the adjacent Sandwell Healthcare NHS Trust Sandwell General Hospital and Rowley Regis Hospitals being its main sites.

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  1. ^ McN., L. (1965). "HAMILTON BAILEY, (1894-1961).". British Journal of Surgery 52: 241–5.  
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