Walk-in centres across the West Midlands, including the one based in the grounds of Solihull Hospital, are under review following claims the service does not provide ‘clear health benefits or value for money.’
However in previous studies, the Solihull unit – which treats around 2,000 patients a week – has shown to be more cost effective compared to its Birmingham neighbours.
In the Solihull News earlier this month, Jenni Ord, the chair of the health board responsible for the walk-in centre says the facility will be considered ‘on its own merit’ before any changes are made to the service.
If you’ve used the walk in centre (which we have, several times for a variety of child-related calamities where the GP option wasn’t available and it wasn’t appropriate to bother A&E) – you might agree that this would be another significant blow to health facilities in Solihull after the loss of the full maternity unit a few years ago.
There is no clear route to express user concerns, but if you would like to add your voice to make sure the unit remains available to the Borough please comment below and we will pass them on to both our local MP Caroline Spelman MP and Jenni Ord.