These services are available to all residents of Sandwell and do not need a referral.
- GPs - the first point of contact for any general health concerns.
- Health visiting - registered nurses/midwives who offer support to parents and carers with children until they start school at age 5 years.
- School nursing - promotes and supports the health and wellbeing of all school-aged children. The contract for school nursing in Sandwell was awarded to Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust in April 2019.
- Healthy Sandwell, Healthy You - free help and support to make your life healthier and happier
- Sexual health services - free and confidential emergency contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and information about sexual health. The organisation MENCAP has some useful resources about sexual health for people with learning disabilities
- Wellbeing Hub - information about a range of health and wellbeing services in Sandwell
- Clinical waste - a domestic clinical waste collection and disposal service in partnership with Sandwell Council
For a full list of NHS services, go to NHS choices.
Targeted / Specialist
These services require a referral from another agency (e.g. GP). Referrals to children's therapies must come from parents.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust
Community children’s services at Sandwell are integrated with the acute paediatric services at Sandwell Hospital. Services for the health assessment and management of children with a disability in Sandwell are under the guidance of:
- Community pediatricians who undertake outreach clinics in Tipton, The Lyng Centre in West Bromwich, The Child Development Centre and in special schools. Two consultants undertake the role of Designated Medical Officer (DMO) for the statutory SEND assessment process for children and young people requiring an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) These are Dr. Dilip Gandhi for children and young people aged under 16 and Dr Rajesh Pandey for young people aged 16 and over.
- Children’s therapies - Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy
- Orthotics services - provide a range of braces and splints to help support, align and protect different parts of the body
- Community children’s nursing team - outreach work for children in the community as well as providing nursing support in special schools
- Audiology services (including a clinic set aside for children with special needs)
- Visual impairment services (based at The Birmingham Midland Eye Centre at City Hospital)
- Paediatric dietetics - nutritional support for children both in hospital and the community
Other services as well as contact details for clinics and hospitals can be found on the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust website
Black Country Healthcare NHS Trust
Specialist mental health services in Sandwell are provided by Black Country Healthcare NHS Trust, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Referrals for children and adolescents with mental health difficulties are triaged by CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA) Monday to Friday 9-5. Specialist CAMHS and Kaleidoscope work in partnership to ensure all referrals are either accepted by either of the services or signposted to a more appropriate service.
Black Country Healthcare NHS Trust also has a 24/7 all age mental health line for residents of the Black Country who are concerned about their own or others mental health call 08000 086516 and you will be put through to a trained mental health professional.Click below for details of:
- Sandwell Specialist CAMHS Service
- Sandwell CAMHS Crisis Interventional and Home Treatment Team (CIHTT)
- A Black Country CAMHS website that has been designed and developed by young people has just been produced. Click here to access this website.
- The Kaleidoscope Plus Group - specialist mental health outreach
BEAM Sandwell is a new emotional health service run by The Children's Society in partnership with a number of other agencies for young people aged up to 18 (or up to 25 for care leavers) living in the Sandwell area. The service offers advice, signposting and support with any low level concerns relating to emotional health and wellbeing. It provides advice and guidance particularly in the areas of anxiety, anger, family difficulties, mood management and self-esteem. However, clinical assessments, structured therapy, counselling sessions and family therapy will not be available.
There are a number of drop-in sessions across the borough (no need to book - just turn up):
- Monday 1pm - 4.30pm, Community Link, Cradley Heath, B64 5AH
- Tuesday 2.30pm - 5pm, Langley Park Lodge, Oldbury, B69 4SL, and 3.30pm - 7pm, The Cafe (ground floor), Sandwell College Central Sixth campus, New Square, New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG
- Wednesday 2pm - 6pm (until 12 June 2019), Krunch, Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, B68 8RE
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. For more information about Kooth click here