ARCHITECTS have been appointed to draw up plans for the Urgent Care Centre at Solihull Hospital.
The Design Buro has been awarded the contract by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT), which runs the Lode Lane Hospital and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to design the one-stop shop for urgent care services in Solihull and will bring a great deal of experience and expertise of designing major health care facilities.
The appointment is the latest stage in the process of providing an integrated, one front door urgent care service in Solihull which is set to open its doors in late 2016.
Professor Matthew Cooke, Deputy Medical Director (Strategy and Transformation) at HEFT, said: “It is great to have The Design Buro on board to design the Urgent Care Centre at Solihull Hospital and we look forward to working with them and Solihull CCG to create a truly state-of-the-art and integrated facility which will transform the way urgent care services work in Solihull.”
Among the projects that The Design Buro has worked on is the Kidney Unit at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, St Oswalds Community Hospital and Health Centre in Ashbourne, Derbyshire and Malvern Community Hospital in Worcestershire which has received multiple design awards.
Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull CCG, said the design stage was the next step in the process of developing the Urgent Care Centre.
He said: “Having the Minor Injuries Unit, Walk-in Centre and other services all under one roof through one front door to form the Urgent Care Centre at Solihull Hospital fits with our proposals and the public consultation.
“The design stage is an important component to ensuring the centre runs how we want it to with a safe and efficient patient flow and easily accessible facilities for staff and patients.
“This is the next step in bringing the Urgent Care Centre to life and making sure we have a facility to be proud of at the end of this process.”