Independent experts scrutinising a Midland hospital trust's plans to move emergency surgery have finished gathering evidence for the Health Secretary.
The panel's evidence sessions ended last week. The Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) will now review all information before it presents a final report to Alan Johnson on November 30.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust's proposals could see patients who need urgent surgery taken to Sandwell General in West Bromwich, six miles away from City Hospital in Winson Green.
The IRP have looked at whether these plans will ensure the provision of safe, sustainable and accessible services for local people.
Dr Peter Barrett, a Nottingham GP and IRP chairman, said: "We are now carefully reviewing all the evidence that we have gathered.
"Our key focus throughout the review is the patient and the quality of care and the final recommendations we provide to the Secretary of State will offer local people high quality healthcare services."
In a statement, a trust spokesman said: "Throughout the consultation on our plans, the trust has encouraged debate, attending around 200 public meetings and extending the consultation by a month to ensure more views could be heard.
"We have welcomed the independent review of our proposal for emergency surgery and have fully cooperated with the panel.
"We believe that our plans to base inpatient emergency at Sandwell whilst supporting local access to City's A&E with a 24 surgical assessment unit, will enable us to provide a better service to patients using both City and Sandwell Hospitals."