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Hospital signs shows what help's on offer in Solihull

Solihull Editorial 26th Feb, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

NEW SIGNS are set to be put up across Solihull Hospital to explain what emergency services are on offer to patients.

Hospital bosses admitted last year that despite the signage saying so, there has not been a full and proper A&E at Solihull for many years – with A&E services dwindling bit by bit over the past two decades.

A brand new 24/7 Urgent Care Centre, incorporating a downgraded A&E and the popular Walk-in Centre, is expected to open at the hospital site later in the year.

But in the meantime, health chiefs have given the green light to the new signs flagging up the existing and long-serving Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) which is offered at Solihull Hospital.

The MIU treats patients with minor illnesses, cuts and fractures and there are X-Ray facilities are available.

Matthew Cooke, Deputy Medical Director Strategy and Transformation at the Trust, said they want to make sure that signage on site is not misleading or confusing for patients and their families visiting Solihull Hospital.

He added: “Solihull Hospital has not offered full A&E services for many years; instead it currently operates with a MIU which is why we are so keen to make sure that the new signage will now reflect the current facilities.

“Once the Urgent Care Centre procurement is underway we will review the situation.”

The new signage will remain in place until the proposed Urgent Care Centre is open.

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