Solihull residents will benefit from a pop-up Urgent Care Centre in Chelmsley Wood over the Christmas period.
Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has funded the service to be run from Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre, Crabtree Drive, Chelmsley Wood B37 5BU.
The Urgent Care Centre will be open from 9am to 6pm on the following days:
- Friday 25 December (Christmas Day)
- Saturday 26 December (Boxing Day)
- Sunday 27 December
- Monday 28 December (Bank Holiday)
- Friday 1 January (Bank Holiday)
- Saturday 2 January
- Sunday 3 January
The initiative follows the success of a similar service in Chelmsley Wood, which ran over Easter. It will complement the GP walk-in centre based on the Solihull Hospital site.
Dr Sue Harrower, a partner at Coventry Road Surgery, Sheldon, and a member of the CCG’s Governing Body, said: “The pop-up Urgent Care Centre will give our patients greater choice to access healthcare advice over Christmas and the New Year.
“I would also like to remind people that A&E is for serious injuries and illnesses. Check when your GP practices and pharmacy is open over Christmas and New Year, and remember the 24-hour, free NHS 111 helpline, or the NHS Choices website can also provide support and advice. For more advice about staying well this winter, visit www.nhs.uk/staywell.”
Most GP practices in the north of the borough are also participating in Solihull CCG’s Minor Ailment Scheme. Patients exempt from prescription charges and suffering from conditions such as sore throat, flu, earache, nasal congestion, cold sores, verrucas, warts, constipation and diarrhoea will not have to wait for a GP appointment as their pharmacist will be able to supply certain medications. If your practice is part of the Minor Ailment Scheme, they can provide details of your nearest participating pharmacy and an information card on how to register.