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Solihull people invited to play a part in designing the new urgent care centre planned for the Solihull Hospital site

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Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group is asking people to take part in a focus group to help establish what patients would like to be considered in the design of the new urgent care centre.

Explaining the idea behind the initiative, Dr Patrick Brooke, Chief Officer for Solihull CCG said:

“Following on from our public consultation earlier in spring this year, we were delighted with the positive responses we received to our proposals.

“The purpose of the focus group will be to decide how best we can provide a new urgent care service, one that offers a single ‘joined up’ service which is safer and less confusing, maintains a walk in service and provides a sustainable and long term future. Our proposals will bring together all our urgent care services under one roof, with one front door and one reception desk.  All urgent care services which are currently available in Solihull will continue to be available; this includes urgent primary care.

“In parallel with the focus group we are now entering the next phase of work which includes who we will select to provide the new service.  Last Wednesday (10 September) we held an open day and invited potential providers to meet and discuss the urgent care services contract.

“It seems timely and most useful for the focus group to meet so we can include feedback from that meeting to help understand and formulate what should be considered in future plans.

“We are holding a focus group workshop on Tuesday 30 September, based locally in central Solihull between 9.30am and 3.30pm.  The event will bring together people from across the borough who will work through ideas, look at areas of best practice and share their preferences.    The feedback from that workshop will then help to form the foundations on which we can build and develop the longer term vision for Solihull urgent care services.”

Numbers for this event are limited to 60 participants and are on a first come basis.  To register your interest please email: solihull.ccg@nhs.net

Further details of the venue and a full agenda will be provided to participants by Friday 26 September.