THE chair of the health board responsible for Solihull’s under threat walk-in centre has assured users the facility will be considered ‘on its own merit’ before any changes are made to the service.
Walk-in centres across the region, including the one based in the grounds of Solihull Hospital, are currently under review following claims the service does not provide ‘clear health benefits or value for money.’
Last week the Solihull News launched a campaign to ‘save the walk-in centre’ after the Solihull unit, which treats around 2,000 patients a week, has shown to be more cost effective compared to its Birmingham neighbours.
At a meeting of the Birmingham and Solihull NHS Cluster Board, chairman of the board, Jenni Ord said each centre would be considered individually.
She told the News the review was not just a case of deciding whether to close the walk-in centres or keep them open.
“This review is about looking at the whole concept of urgent care.”
Mrs Ord said any decisions made will ultimately affect the work of the clinical commissioning groups in the future, which will be taking over care services from April 2013.
Councillor Bob Sleigh (Con, Bickenhill), a member of the cluster board stressed at the meeting the importance of the walk-in centre to Solihull.
“I am assured that each centre will be considered on its own merits. I know that the walk-in centre means a great deal to people in Solihull.”