Edgbaston Focus For Medical Sector
09 May 2012
Medical and healthcare partners have come together to launch Edgbaston as the dedicated Medical Quarter for Birmingham.
The creation of ‘Edgbaston: Birmingham’s Medical Quarter ’ is a recognition of the strength of Edgbaston as a major hub for the medical sector in Birmingham, which is being further enhanced nationally and internally through a number of initiatives, including the development of Pebble Mill.
There is a proliferation of 180 medical organisations, 80 hospitals and specialist care centres, 44 GP clinics and routine care facilities and 23 training facilities , all located within walking distance around Edgbaston. Many are at the cutting edge of world-class medical technology and involve leading practitioners and students from the UK’s most important medical facilities like the University of Birmingham’s medical schools and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The concept of developing Edgbaston as Birmingham’s Medical Quarter was an idea that medical industry specialist Medilink and Calthorpe Estates discussed more than six years ago.
Since then Medilink has conducted research and a mapping exercise to demonstrate the proliferation of medical and healthcare practice and facilities within Edgbaston.
Medilink’s CEO, Tony Davis, says investment has been made to consult with partners on the idea. He said “The feedback from the stakeholders provided strong endorsement for the Medical Quarter as a route to achieve global recognition as one of Europe’s leading centres of excellence. It is good news for patients too, who will benefit from a greater choice of clinical treatment options and enjoy increased availability of specialist knowledge.”
Calthorpe Estates believes the unique infrastructure within the area will support and attract some of the world’s best medical professionals.
Jayne Herritty, Sales and Marketing Director for Calthorpe Estates said ”In Edgbaston, there is great housing, schools, transport links and some of the best cultural and sports offers in the world. By creating a focus for medical, we can be confident that the top professionals will be able to develop their careers within different organisations, avoiding the disruption of further relocation.”