Full consultation regarding the transfer of CYP inpatient surgery services from ROH to BCH

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The Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery Transfer Campaign.

The campaign has been established as a response to hearing about the proposed transfer of in-patient services from ROH to BCH from Ward 11 due to take place in January 2019.

Here is a statement from the Founder of the Campaign:

Hi, my name is Kieran and I am a long term patient at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham and I would like to talk to you about the C.O.S.T of our future on Ward 11 at the hospital as the decision was made in July 2017, following CQC recommendations to transfer all paediatric surgery to the Birmingham Children's Hospital in the City centre, which although it is a fantastic facility, it is not ROH with all facilities on site in a small, personal scale with the expertise of staff spanning decades! The final decision was that of NHS England who revoked the license to perform paediatric surgery.ROH has everything for stress free surgery and looks after children and young people during orthopaedic procedures in every way, from nursing, wound care, helping carers with routines, education, close by parking, social care, OT, physio, orthotics and all other therapies - and a small friendly school too!

The hospital means the world to me and I have chosen a career path based on the work people do, I want to work in orthotics and have been encouraged by the department to follow my path and they have spoke to me at length about the degree and specialist facilities at the University of Strathclyde.

My mum found out the move is going to happen on the 31st January 2019 - she was told this when I was just coming out of HDU (brand new facility I may add). This was very upsetting. Like many people with a congenital condition requiring orthopaedic intervention I thought ROH was for life, it has been part of mine for 14 years (and I am 14). This was Monday 16th of July of this year. Nursing staff knew very little of what was planned so I asked mum to find out things if she could. She contacted several people and I have had conversations with several decision makers but still feel that the children, young people, their families and carers and staff on Ward 11 need full consultation.

The Ward has a brilliant reputation and I have always felt confident in the way things are managed and my care is the best there is. A move to BCH will not provide the services the ROH does, a small specialist unit, in a hospital specialising in the finest orthopaedic care with all facilities within a few minutes walking distance.