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Hundreds flock to Solihull walk-in medical centre

HUNDREDS of people made their way to Solihull’s walk-in health centre over the festive period.

HUNDREDS of people made their way to Solihull’s walk-in health centre over the festive period.

Health bosses said that 570 patients had paid a visit in a four-day period (from Christmas Eve to December 27).

The facility was open every day and treated people for a range of complaints - including coughs, colds and other seasonal bugs.

Locals were also treated for the effects of too much food and drink, while others visited to pick up emergency contraception.

A spokeswoman for Solihull NHS Care Trust, said: “It was the first Christmas that the walk-in centre has been open to the public and it proved very popular.

“The centre was a lot busier than usual, but staff coped well and dealt with everyone who asked to be seen.”

It is typically a very busy time of year for the health service and the care trust. This week, Solihull Hospital advised people to only visit A&E in an emergency.

The department is even busier than usual and hospital boss Mark Goldman has asked people to use their GP or the walk-in health centre if they have minor injuries or ailments.

The walk-in health centre is expecting another busy few days, as Solihull sees in the New Year. Locals can drop in at the Lode Lane building between 8am-8pm. Medical advice is also available from NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

 

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