24/7 specialist support for patients, families and healthcare professionals

HoBS – Hospices of Birmingham and Solihull – brings together specialists from Birmingham St Mary’s, John Taylor and Marie Curie West Midlands Hospices to provide responsive, expert support and advice for people and families needing palliative and end of life care.

Operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the core HoBS Team is formed of specialist nurses, healthcare assistants, a family and carer support team and administrators who are supported by palliative care consultants, pharmacists, bereavement specialists and physio and occupational therapists .  Operating from a centralised hub, the team is on call for people in the community as well as additional teams at the three hospice Inpatient Units.

Working with Birmingham and Solihull CCG and other healthcare providers across the region, the HoBS team assess whether patients need advice, community support or admittance for round-the-clock care.

Access support today

Patients (and family members) can access expert advice and care by calling our single service on 0121 809 1900.

Specialist advice for Health professionals in the hospital or community setting can also be accessed via HoBS by calling 0121 809 1821.

Patients, family members and health professionals can also email hobs.referrals@nhs.net

Impact across the local community

Since the service was launched in April 2020, HoBS has handled 52,116 phone calls and delivered 15,783 visits, video calls or face to face appointments for palliative and end of life care including specialist nursing, hospice at home care, physiotherapy and bereavement support.

In March 2021, HoBS was awarded United by 2022 accreditation from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – in recognition of how the service embodies the values of the games and is having a positive impact on the communities it serves.

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