A MOTHER from London has made a heartfelt plea to keep Solihull’s walk-in centre open after the facility became a ‘lifeline’ for her three week old baby.
Sian Heath lives in the capital but regularly visits her parents in Olton. On a recent visit to see her family, Sian’s then three-week-old son, Samuel, needed treatment for Croup.
“I was struggling to get my son registered temporarily at a doctor’s surgery and was told the only option available to me was the walk-in centre, the 37-year-old told us.
“I was obviously quite distressed because my son was so young.”
Sian was unable to drive to the centre because of complications she suffered after child birth.
She added: “I managed to get a lift there and I’m so glad I did.
“The centre was clean, the staff were pleasant and the waiting time was incredibly short.
“The doctor who examined my son was unhurried, kind and thorough.
“I cannot recommend this service enough and strongly believe it should not be closed.
“It is clear how vital this facility is to the people of Solihull.
“I don’t know what I would have done without it.”
Walk-in centres across the region, including the one based in the grounds of Solihull Hospital, are under review, despite the local facility treating around 2,000 patients a week.
The Solihull News launched a campaign last month to save the centre, which has been backed by MPs, councillors and centre users.
Syd Ashby, from Solihull Pensioners’ Convention, said it would be a tragedy if the facility was closed.