Plans to redevelop and modernise parts of Birmingham Women’s Hospital have been approved.
Announced at the same time as we celebrate 55 years since the hospital opened, the proposals will radically change the appearance of our Women’s Hospital site.
Work is already well underway to install state-of-the-art ground-source heat pumps to the site, which will transform the heating and cooling systems.
The next stage of the project, which has now received planning approvals, will see us installing new solar panels and will enable us to reinsulate and reglaze the whole of the building.
Matt Boazman, Chief Executive for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is incredibly exciting news for our colleagues and those patients and families that they care for.
“Our Women’s Hospital building has served us well over the past 55 years, allowing our highly skilled colleagues to deliver world class care for women and babies.
“But we know that the environment needs to be improved so that we can regulate the temperature of the building throughout the year, so that we can retain heat in the winter and keep wards and departments cool in the summer.
“These plans will also help us to make significant progress against our Trust’s ambitious decarbonisation plans. I’d like to thank Council colleagues for their continued support for these developments.”
Building is currently underway on the Women’s Hospital site to construct Woodland House, a standalone, purpose-built bereavement centre. The centre, which has been funded by Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity, will support more than 2,000 grieving parents every year who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death at our hospital. The centre is due to open in early 2024.