CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Solihull’s walk-in centre have been granted a stay of execution after health bosses announced the facility will remain on its current site until 2015.
The Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is currently undertaking a review of the urgent care system for the borough, has announced that the contract on the current walk-in centre, which is due to expire on March 31 next year, will be extended for a further 12 months after that.
The move is to ensure the review - which is looking at integrating the walk-in centre with the accident and emergency structure - is thoroughly carried out, Solihull CCG’s accountable officer Dr Patrick Brooke said.
In an interview with the Solihull News this week, the accountable officer of Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Dr Patrick Brooke said it was unlikely the walk-in service would remain in the same building after 2015.
“We see extending the contract as a positive move,” Dr Brooke added.
“It gives us time to ensure we achieve the best possible outcome for the patients.
“We need to move away from trying to hold on to a building. The current building was only meant to be temporary and has a limited life span.
“When people talk about saving the walk-in centre, they’re not talking about the building, they are talking about the service.
“We believe that if we have all of the urgent care services in one place, we can provide a much more efficient service than we have now.”
Dr Brooke said while there will be no changes to the current walk-in system until 2015, there is expected to be a ‘specification’ produced next year, which will give an idea of what the new arrangements will look like.
Solihull MP Lorely Burt said: “I hope this will be worth the wait and what I would like to see are services for urgent primary care which are protected and extended.”