A PIONEERING healthcare centre - which brings a range of services under one roof - will be welcoming its first patients next week.
The new facility has been lifted by crane onto the Solihull Hospital site. Final preparations will be taking place over the next few days and the doors will be open on Wednesday.
Open seven days a week between 8am-8pm, the building will offer GP services, blood tests, cancer screenings and other types of treatment.
The health authority has said that the centre will provide a major boost for the area, but the scheme has also come in for its share of criticism.
Sally Burton, chief executive of Solihull NHS Care Trust, said: “The healthcare and walk-in centre is a completely new health facility for everyone who lives in Solihull as well as those people who work, visit or shop here. It means that people can access care and treatment every day for a longer time.”
Patients will be able to drop into the centre with or without an appointment and it is hoped that this flexibility will make things easier for younger people and workers.
However there have previously been concerns that the centre would have an adverse effect on local GP surgeries - which the care trust has strongly rebuffed. And Maggie Throup, the Conservative’s prospective Solihull MP, is angry that people who use the new building will have to pay the hospital’s car parking charges.
Residents can register as patients if they wish to do so - although they won’t be obliged to change from their current GP.