Birmingham Children's Hospital

A dedicated 300 bedded children's hospital situated in the city centre at the site of the old General Hospital, which has undergone major refurbishments to provide a modern facility for many paediatric specialities. The hospital provides a comprehensive service for the children of Birmingham and is the main referral centre for the West Midlands. It is a recognised supra/regional centre for all paediatric specialities. The hospital provides undergraduate teaching facilities and has an active Postgraduate Education Centre.


The department of Anaesthesia has 32 Consultant Anaesthetists and a 4 paediatric anaesthesia  fellows. There are 13 trainee anaesthetists attached to the department from the Birmingham, Coventry and Stoke schools of anaesthesia. Birmingham School trainees are attached to BCH for two months as an ST 3/4 and for 3 months as an ST 5/6/7 if undergoing a general training. ST 5/6/7s can also elect to be attached to BCH for 6 months of which 2 months are spent on the PICU. Trainees in Stage 1 maybe posted at BCH for 2 months, Trainees in Stage 2 will be posted for 3 months and for 6 months in Stage 3.


The department has a workload of some 14,000 anaesthetics per annum for all types of surgery, including neonatal, cardiothoracic, neuro and craniofacial surgery, hepatobiliary surgery (including liver transplantation), orthopaedics, trauma, plastics, urology, dental ophthalmic and ENT surgery. There is a state of the art, 20 bedded Intensive Care Unit admitting some 1200 patients per year.

Contact Details

Birmingham Children's Hospital

Steelhouse Lane


B4 6NH


Telephone (Main): 0121 333 9999

Telephone (Dept): 0121 333 9620


Admin support: Lorraine Darby (


Hospital Website

College Tutor

Ben O'Sullivan (

Placement Information for ST Trainees
BCH Placement Information.docx
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