16. The Black Country

What does the STP mean for your area?

Merging of Sandwell and City district hospitals by October 2018 into the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.

Only the Midland Metropolitan Hospital will have an A&Ereducing the number of A&Es in the area.

The new Midland Metropolitan Hospital maternity service will replace the Serenity Unit and labour wards at City Hospital.

The back pain and arthritis service at Walsall Manor hospital will be cut, as it is deemed to be unsustainable.

Closure of Walsall urgent care centre although it was only opened in 2016.


Changes in who organises our care

The STP includes the development of two multispeciality community providers (MCPs) in Dudley and Sandwell and West Birmingham, however the aim is to explore the use of this model across the whole population by April 2019, including in Walsall and Wolverhampton. In June 2017, a 15-year MCP contract worth £5 billion was advertised by Dudley CCG and Dudley Metropolitan Council.