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Hospital services review

FEARS have been revived about whether services offered at Solihull Hospital will be transferred elsewhere in the region.

FEARS have been revived about whether services offered at Solihull Hospital will be transferred elsewhere in the region.

An ongoing review at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is looking at the services provided at Solihull, as well as Good Hope and Heartlands.

But campaigners remain concerned about whether some departments will be merged, or removed from Solihull altogether.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt said: “We must always ensure that the basic services that local people need remain in Solihull.

“If there is talk of the different hospitals specialising, there is some logic to that.

“But there’s a balance to be struck, and it’s important at the same time that services don’t disappear from Solihull.”

Maggie Throup, who was among those who fought the downgrading of maternity services, said Solihull must not be reduced to a cottage hospital:

“There is talk about Solihull specialising in care for elderly people, and people with respiratory diseases.

“That’s all well and good, but local people just want to be treated at the local hospital, regardless of their illness.”

Claire Molloy, Solihull Hospital’s executive director said there are “no concrete plans” for change at the moment.

 

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