Walk-in centre closed at Solihull Hospital to help medical staff focus on coronavirus - The Solihull Observer

Walk-in centre closed at Solihull Hospital to help medical staff focus on coronavirus

Solihull Editorial 7th Apr, 2020   0

DOCTORS in Solihull have closed the borough’s walk-in centre.

The urgent treatment centre at Solihull hospital was shut from the start of this week (April 6), as staff are reployed to help with battling coronavirus.

A spokesman for the Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The NHS is currently facing an unprecedented situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are having to make some temporary changes to local NHS services, to help us care for patients and maintain safe staffing levels.

“Due to the very low number of patients attending the Solihull Urgent Treatment Centre over recent weeks, the decision has been made to temporarily close the service and redeploy the staff to other local NHS services.

“For those patients who require urgent medical help, and who would have attended the urgent treatment centre, there are a number of options:

“If a patient has a minor injury (such as a sprain, bruising or minor burn) the minor injuries unit at Solihull Hospital is still currently available. This service is open 7am-8pm, seven days a week.

Contact NHS 111 – either online or by phone (available 24/7 and free to call)

Use the Ask A&E app (www.uhb.nhs.uk/ask)

Travel to their nearest accident and emergency department (life threatening situations only e.g. loss of consciousness, persistent chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding or severe allergic reactions).”

The CCG said it plans to reopen the walk-in centre when staffing pressures are alleviated.


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