Birmingham Children’s Hospital is located in the city centre with easy access to public transport and shops if you need to stock up on some essentials whilst away from home.
“The week before Christmas was when we got the news about her condition and we were flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for her first open heart surgery. CHT helped us so much with funding to get us through.”- Heart Parent
Once you have received a date for surgery a member of the travel team from the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) will be in touch with you to pass on details of your travel arrangements. BHSCT will arrange and pay for return flights and accommodation for your child and two adult escorts.
The hospital provides its own parent accommodation within the hospital however BHSCT will try to get you a room in the Ronald McDonald House adjacent to the hospital which feels like a home from home.
Wards 11 & 12 are cardiac wards. If your child is under 1 year old they will most likely be moved to Ward 11 when transferred from PICU and if your child is older, they will most likely move to Ward 12. Ward 12 has a large playroom called “The Den” and both wards have a room for parents and carers to take some time out, make a cuppa or something to eat.
For more information on Birmingham Children’s Hospital visit the Birmingham Children’s Hospital website.
We can put you in contact with parents that have previously travelled to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for some parent to parent advice, just let a member of our family support team know.
Click here to read some practical tips from parents that will help you find your way around your new surroundings at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.