University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

The future of British trauma care is in safe hands at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a state-of-the-art building which has inherited a long and proud tradition of excellence.

That tradition of pioneering research and treatment of trauma dates back to 1941 and the opening of the Birmingham Accident Hospital, recognised as one of the first modern trauma centres in the world.

The BAH pioneered many new treatments and ways of organising trauma care. When it closed in 1993 most of its facilities and staff moved to Selly Oak Hospital, run by University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) along with the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which continued the tradition of innovation and excellence.

In 2001 Selly Oak Hospital was named as the home of the new Centre for Defence Medicine (later given Royal status), as the country moved to a system of treating military casualties in a combined NHS-military environment. In 2010 the clinical services at the old Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak hospitals, including the RCDM, moved to the state-of-the-art new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

This new hospital now treats more than 700,000 patients every year, including all British military casualties evacuated home for treatment. Its trauma department is headed by Professor Sir Keith Porter, who also worked at the Birmingham Accident Hospital, and the tradition of excellence and innovation has been maintained.

Teams of civilian and military experts work together, both in treating patients and in pursuing new avenues of research.

QEHB has world-renowned expertise in orthopaedic trauma, burns, neurosurgery and microbiology, all key components in saving lives and developing new treatments for trauma patients.

UHB is proud to be hosting the NIHR SRMRC, which will take the lessons learned in the work with military and civilian trauma patients and develop them even further for the benefit of patients all over the UK.

QEHB has inherited a tradition of trauma care excellence from Birmingham Accident Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital, and this strong history will serve as the basis for building an even brighter future.

Our researchers and clinicians have already helped to save and improve the lives of thousands of trauma patients, and the NIHR SRMRC will help to develop and spread that expertise across the whole country.