THE TEMPORARY building for Solihull Walk-in Centre will close today and services from that building will cease.
Patients registered with a GP at the Solihull Walk-in Centre, which is on the hospital car park, will need to re-register with an alternative GP practice.
From tomorrow (Saturday) two new services will come into operation at the Lode Lane site.
The Urgent Primary Care service will provide an urgent ‘see and treat’ service for patients with minor illnesses and injuries, which will provide treatment for those without a prior booked appointment.
Patients will need to report to the Urgent Primary Care reception located next to the existing Minor Injuries Unit.
The Booked Primary Care service will be for patients who have had an appointment booked for them, either via 111, their GP out-of- hours service or in some instances at the Urgent Primary Care service.
This move will bring together all urgent care services under one roof within the hospital and continue to provide a robust urgent primary care service, as well as a booked primary care service with strong links with NHS 111.
The Minor Injuries service will continue as at present.
Signage will be in place around the hospital and grounds to direct people to the new locations.
Solihull MP Julian Knight said: “The Walk-In Centre is moving into the main building of Solihull Hospital, a move which has been on the cards for several years.
“The management of Heart of England NHS Trust has promised the town that they’ll deliver our new Urgent Care Centre, and I hope they’ll get it open as quickly as possible.
“In the meantime I will continue to represent your concerns to health bosses, and my office is ready to hear from any residents who have problems with the temporary care arrangements.”
Patients are being urged to call 111 before attending any urgent care services as alternative services such as treatment over the phone, directing patients to a pharmacist or to speaking to a dental nurse could be available to them.
This plan is at the heart of the Solihull Together Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguard, a partnership of Heart of England Foundation Trust, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Solihull CCG and local GP Primary care.
For more visit www.solihullccg.nhs.uk or www.heartofengland.nhs.uk/solihull-hospital