Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust respective Governing Boards have reaffirmed their commitment to providing an Urgent Care Centre within the Solihull Hospital site.
Today's (4 March 2014) decision follows a rethink about the location of the centre – which was originally proposed to be within the accident and emergency department. However, investigations over the last few months revealed structural and operational problems in that area, which caused a delay in progressing plans until a new site was identified.
The Boards agreed that to achieve the best possible service for patients the Urgent Care Centre will be located within an existing ward area at Solihull Hospital. This identified location is large enough for future expansion and convenient for patient access, with easy external access for the public and adjacent to the X-ray department. This option will also enable building and reconfiguration work to proceed more quickly.
The new location also fits with proposals put forward during the public consultation in January to April 2013, which met with resounding public approval. The 'one roof, one front door, single joined up service' offering 24/7 treatment will include a walk in service and deliver a long term, sustainable solution for the future of urgent care in Solihull.
Work will now move onto the next stage which includes procurement of the services and building work. Once this phase is underway we will have a better idea of probable timescales for the opening of Solihull Urgent Care Centre.
We will keep our patients and public informed of progress and thank everyone for their continued interest.