Terms and conditions

Content on this website is the copyright of Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust unless otherwise stated. Where copyright applies, visitors can download material for private research, study, and in-house non-commercial use only. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. Visitors must not download, copy, distribute, or publish any material from this website for any other purpose. Any other use of copyrighted material requires the written permission of Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust. 

Information provided specifically for patients and families has been reviewed for accuracy, but we hold no responsibility for alterations made to any copyrighted material without our consent.

Permission to reproduce Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust protected material does not extend to any material on this site that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders.

Please note all photographs of our patients appear with the consent of the child and parent, and must not be reproduced in any form.


We are unable to offer any medical advice or professional service through this website. As is standard practice, referrals for expert opinion or treatment at the hospital can only be made by medical practitioners and not by patients themselves or family members.


While we have taken every care to compile accurate information and to keep it up-to-date, we cannot guarantee its correctness and completeness at the time it is seen by you. The information provided on this site does not constitute business, medical or other professional advice, and may be subject to change. We do not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense resulting from the use of this information. It is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other healthcare professional. Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust are not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of the Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust website. Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust are not liable for the contents of any external internet sites listed, nor do they endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advised on any of the sites. Always consult your own doctor if you're in any way concerned about your – or your family's – health.

Data protection and privacy

Please view our Privacy Policy.


Throughout this site, we have included links to other websites that may be of interest. Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Listing shall not be taken as an endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

Use of trademarks

Where possible we have used generic names of drugs and products on this website. Where trademarked names are used this does not constitute an endorsement of the product.


We cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to this website, or the sites to which it links. We accept no responsibility for any damages arising from the loss of use of this information.

Notification of changes

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to change the privacy statement without notice. It is the responsibility of users to check this privacy statement regularly.


We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience - regardless of ability or browsing technology including those who have visual, hearing, motor and cognitive impairments.

Our site aims to comply with the Web Accessibility Initiative’s (WAI) guidelines, which can be viewed on the WAI website.

If you have any feedback on the accessibility of this site, please contact us.

Features of our website

We’ve designed the Birmingham Women's and Children's website with accessibility in mind. Key features include:

  • The use of common web conventions
  • The use of clear, simple language across the website
  • The use of validated HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

We have also avoided the use of any blinking or flickering elements.

Need help reading our website? 

We have added the world-leading digital inclusion software, Browsealoud, to our website - making our content more accessible with reading and translation support.

Click on the Browsealoud launchpad that appears on the bottom-right of your screen to launch the support toolbar.  Then simply click on any text to hear it read out loud.

How does Browsealoud help?

Browsealoud offers a host of reading and translation support - helping you to access and understand our website better.  

  • text-to-speech: click on or select any text to hear it read aloud
  • translation: written and spoken translations in multiple languages
  • text magnification: enlarges text and reads it out loud
  • mp3 generation: converts selected text into an MP3 audio file
  • screen mask: blocks distractions on screen with a tinted mask
  • web page simplifier: removes clutter from the screen, displaying only the main text
  • settings: customise options to suit individual needs or preferences

All the features are accessed from an easy-to-use, floating toolbar - allowing you to drag and drop it anywhere on the screen.  

Watch the Browsealoud Features video to see Browsealoud in action.

Images and videos

All content images used in this site include descriptive alternative text. Those in purely decorative graphics or used for layout include blank ALT attributes.

Subtitles are available on all video content produced by us on this site.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

  • Some older videos may not have subtitles available

Help using the web

The BBC’s My Web, My Way has lots of information on how to use the accessibility features of your computer and make it easier to use the web.