Heartlands Hospital, which is run by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, has been commissioned as a regional centre for severe asthma patients.
The hospital’s previously named severe and brittle asthma unit (SBAU) will now be known as the Birmingham Regional Severe Asthma Service (BRSAS).
It provides care for around 800 patients and with 120 new patients referred to the service each year.
The service focuses on treating patients with the most severe and difficult to treat forms of asthma to help them manage their conditions and reduce the likelihood of them having life threatening asthma attacks.
The multi-disciplinary team at the hospital’s centre will act as a hub working closely with hospitals in the region that provide asthma services to share best practice and ensure patients receive the best care and treatment.
Dr Adel Mansur, respiratory medicine consultant at the hospital, said: “We are excited to receive specialist commissioning and to be able to offer local people affected by conditions such as severe and difficult to treat asthma the best help and treatment they need.
“In recent years we have moved away from a one size fits all approach and those attending the centre will be seen by a multi-disciplinary team to offer them a treatment plan that is personalised to their needs,” he said.
“This includes different ways to treat their asthma as well as manage other related health issues such as breathlessness, anxiety and stress,” he added.