World class sarcoma care in the West Midlands

About the Birmingham Sarcoma Service

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (ROH), University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (BWC) together run a world class sarcoma service, providing the very highest quality of care to patients with sarcoma. The three Trusts make up The Birmingham Sarcoma Service (BSS) which provides specialist care for patients both regionally and nationally with all types and stages of soft tissue and bone sarcoma.

World class diagnostic and resection services are provided across three hospital sites within the Trusts – Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, dependant on the most appropriate pathway for the patient. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are delivered at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Improving outcomes and patient experience

We treat patients of all ages. The service receives over 3,500 new referrals each year to see patients with suspected sarcomas. From the first consultation, through to diagnosis, treatment and follow-up we are able to provide a holistic treatment pathway for our oncology patients.

The BSS aim is to simplify the referral pathway for health professionals and to provide an online resource of information for sarcoma patients and their families. It also provides patients with information regarding the signs and symptoms which may warrant an onward referral.

We work with a large team of clinicians, specialist nurses and allied healthcare professionals (including physiotherapists, dieticians and occupational therapists). Together we work to identify opportunities for improving outcomes and patient experience across the three organisations, regardless of the geographical point of referral.