THE FORMER minor injuries unit at Solihull Hospital is set to reopen in a new location.
Doctors in the borough have announced temporary plans to put Solihull’s Urgent Treatment Centre in Chelmsley Wood.
The minor injuries unit at Solihull Hospital was closed earlier this year as staff were redeployed in the fight against coronavirus.
Solihull’s Clinical Commissioning Group say the new centre on Crabtree Drive in Chelmsley Wood will open every day from 8am to 8pm.
It will welcome the first patients on August 24.
Dr Richard Mendelsohn from NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We recognise that there is a significant need for an urgent care facility in the borough of Solihull and are pleased that we have secured Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre. To ensure the centre does not become overcrowded and strict infection prevention measures can be adhered to, all patients are now required to contact NHS 111 before they attend the UTC to seek advice, and if necessary, they will be offered a booked appointment. The UTC will not accept ‘walk-in’ visits, in order to protect patients and staff; we would like to thank patients in advance for their cooperation with this.”
He added the Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre will be an interim location until March 31 2021.
Coun Grinsell, Deputy Leader of Solihull Council and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “We welcome the news that a suitable location has been identified and that Solihull residents will have access to an Urgent Treatment Centre in the borough again.
“I would encourage people to make use of this service and remind everyone to contact NHS 111 to book an appointment beforehand.”