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Name chosen for planned new hospital in Smethwick
Drawing by 9 year old Brody
Children drew their visions for the new hospital

It's been revealed that the name of the new hospital planned to open in Smethwick in 2016 will be The Midland Metropolitan Hospital.

Health chiefs had asked local people and staff for their ideas.

They finally whittled it down from 682 suggestions to a shortlist of four names and invited people to vote for the one they preferred.

The hospital trust said there was no clear favourite so Board members voted and chose the new name.

Final four

The Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust Board considered four names, each of which had been championed by local celebrities.

Generic hospital ward
The hospital is expected to cost 370 million

The first name to fall out of the running was The James Brindley Hospital which health chiefs said was consistently the least popular.

They said feedback showed that people wanted a geographical name but only a handful of votes separated the other three suggestions which were:

The Midland Metropolitan, The Birmingham and Black Country Hospital and Grove Lane Hospital.

Reasons why

With no clear favourite amongst the three, the Board voted and the planned new £370 million hospital will be The Midland Metropolitan which had been supported by Ozzy Osbourne.

People thought the name sounded "modern and efficient", "professional" and "showed the area the hospital represents".

The decision comes just days after NHS West Midlands approved the Outline Business Case for the new hospital which has now been submitted to the Department of Health and the Treasury.

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