Fears grow over future of services at Solihull Hospital - The Solihull Observer

Fears grow over future of services at Solihull Hospital

Solihull Editorial 27th May, 2020 Updated: 27th May, 2020   0

THE TEMPORARY closure of Solihull’s minor injuries unit could become permanent, it is feared, as health chiefs aim to make Solihull Hospital ‘coronavirus-free.’

Solihull would be reserved for surgical work only, and patients with coronavirus symptoms, emergency cases and minor injuries would be moved to Heartlands or Queen Elizabeth.

As coronavirus cases fall in the West Midlands, the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust says it is looking at long-term adjustments.

The minor injuries unit is already temporarily closed to redeploy staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Patients who are set for elective surgeries may have to self-isolate in future to reduce risks to Solihull Hospital.

Trust chief operating officer, Jonathan Brotherton, said it was a “really good opportunity for to create a facility that can provide the access to urgent elective services for patients”.

He added: “In order to do that we need to be able to give the public the confidence that that hospital is, as far as we can possibly make it, Covid-free, and that then will encourage people to come back to the NHS for the essential treatment that they need that they are not currently able to access, or willing to access, because of their concerns.”

Solihull Hospital and the Trust have been contacted for further comment.

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