NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group has secured a new location for an urgent care service in Solihull.
The replacement Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) for Solihull will be based at Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre, Crabtree Drive, Chelmsley Wood B37 5BU. This service replaces the UTC that was previously based at Solihull Hospital, that was closed due to the need to reconfigure services in response to COVID-19.
The UTC will open on Monday 24 August and will operate 7 days per week, from 8.00am to 8.00pm. The UTC has an onsite pharmacy, car parking and good public transport links.
This is an interim location until 31 March 2021, until a permanent solution has been developed with stakeholders, that ensures the needs of local people are met in the longer term.
Dr Richard Mendelsohn from NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We recognise that there is a significant need for an urgent care facility in the borough of Solihull and are pleased that we have secured Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre. To ensure the centre does not become overcrowded and strict infection prevention measures can be adhered to, all patients are now required to contact NHS 111 before they attend the UTC to seek advice, and if necessary, they will be offered a booked appointment. The UTC will not accept ‘walk-in’ visits, in order to protect patients and staff; we would like to thank patients in advance for their cooperation with this.”
Cllr Grinsell, Deputy Leader of Solihull Council and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “We welcome the news that a suitable location has been identified and that Solihull residents will have access to an Urgent Treatment Centre in the borough again. I would encourage people to make use of this service and remind everyone to contact NHS 111 to book an appointment beforehand.”