Better Care

Health Respite Service


To provide short break respite service to adults, who have medical health care needs for a period of one or two weeks for as many times as possible through the year, as long as there is a 28 day gap in between each stay.

Who is it for?

The person is eighteen years of age or over and meets NHS Continuing Health Care criteria which are normally provided in their own home.


The person has a complex medical condition that needs regular intervention from the MDT to enable them to remain in their home environment.

Please note:

The unit is unable to accept patients, who following assessment their primary care need is related to aggressive, violent or challenging behaviour.

Who provides it?

The Health Respite Service is nurse led with medical support. Booked admissions for Respite care are now be offered at Willow House (West Heath Hospital), Perry Tree Centre (Perry Barr) and Anne Marie Howse Centre(Sheldon). This now means that we can provide a city-wide respite service whereas previously all patients needed to travel to the Sheldon Unit in the south of the city.

Referral process:

Referrals for the service are received by District nurses, Continuing health care nurses, GP’s, Social worker or any other health care professional.

The Health Respite Service referral form should be fully completed to avoid delay and returned via post or fax to the address on the form.

An NHS Continuing Health Care needs checklist will need to be completed. This can be completed by any health care professional or social worker.

In order to access the service the person does not have to meet NHS Continuing health care, but will require to meet the need for respite health care, this will be determined by the Health respite service.

For carers:

Any family member can speak to their GP, Social worker or any other health professional to request referral to Health Respite Care, for the patient to access this service there must be a family member who lives with the patient at the same address. And supports with the 24 hour care needed, this includes the additional support of care at home by a care agency.

The introduction of new transport arrangement for non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) across Birmingham will affect respite patients who are booked in after 1st May. Information on how to book transport using the new system will be included within your booking letter. 

Contact Us

Health Respite Service now operates from three main sites. 

  • West Heath Hospital
  • Perry Trees
  • Ann Marie Howes 


Case study - respite

Joyce Cruse with her husband John
Click on the photo above to read about one carer's experience of our service.