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Don’t go to Selly Oak A&E by accident – Need A&E? Think new QE

On Wednesday 16 June at 2am, the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) at Selly Oak Hospital will close and the state-of-the-art Emergency Department at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in Edgbaston will open to patients.

a&e_mainThis new Emergency Department is for the 24/7 provision of emergency care.  The new unit will offer patients some of the best care available in the world, in a world-class environment.

Access to the Emergency Department can be via GP referral, walk-in, ambulance or helicopter. The Emergency Department will function as three distinct areas:

If you need to visit the new Emergency Department, follow the red ‘H’ signs from the local road network around the hospital site.

Birmingham City Council has also unveiled major changes to the surrounding Selly Oak road network, designed to improve access to the hospital.

The first section  of the  Selly Oak New Road together with the Hospital Link Road (combined cost £9m) will see a new 1km long road running from the Harborne Lane/Gibbins Road junction to the Vincent Drive/University Road West junction. The Hospital Link Road will be named New Fosse Way as it leads to the site of the Metchley Roman Fort.

As part of the changes Vincent Drive, between Roman Way and University Road West, will be closed to vehicles, but will continue to allow pedestrian and cycle access to the hospital site.

qe_roadsThe main vehicular access to the Hospital, including A&E and psychiatric hospitals, will in future be gained from the Selly Oak New Road and the New Fosse Way. These roads have been constructed 10m wide to allow emergency vehicles to pass even during heavy traffic.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration, said:

“Not only will the new road system make it easier for patients and staff alike to access the world-class facilities on offer at the hospital, but it will also help to alleviate traffic flow in surrounding roads improving the quality of life for local communities living side-by-side with the QE.

“Working alongside the three local hospitals affected, the emergency services, bus companies and local residents, we have put a lot of effort into carefully planning the logistics for the opening day in order to facilitate a smooth transition and to keep inconvenience to the public to an absolute minimum.”

To help visitors find their way to the correct location on the morning of the 16th, engineers from the City Council will be working through the night to change more than 100 A&E and hospital signs throughout the city.

The address of the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is:

Mindelsohn Way
B15 2WB

New Hospital 24 hour information line – 0121 371 4000.

New Hospital website –


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