Concerns are growing over whether temporary changes to Solihull Hospital will be made permanent.
In May it was announced that Solihull Hospital was to move in to the "recovery" phase following the coronavirus pandemic and would become a Covid Negative "Cold site" specialising in time-sensitive operations. We welcome this and are pleased to hear that normal service is resuming and those in need of operations will receive them.
University Birmingham Hospitals Trust has stated that these changes will last for around 18 months and have necessitated the closure of the Minor Injuries Unit.
Whilst we understand and support the need, we like many other residents, are concerned that these changes will be made permanent after the 18 months.
Earlier this year, despite a high profile campaign by Solihull and Meriden Liberal Democrats and cross party concern, the ambulance station at Solihull Hospital was closed with paramedics re-deployed to Erdington and Warwickshire. Previously maternity services had been reduced at the hospital, and the Bruce Burns unit had been closed. We don't want to see any further loss of NHS facilities at Solihull Hospital.
Councillor Laura McCarthy, Spokesperson for Adult Health and Social Care submitted a written question to the May Health and Wellbeing Board asking for clarification. A representative from the CCG explained the reasons behind the decision but the meeting that there was no guarantee that the Minor Injuries at Solihull Hospital would be reinstated at the hospital after the 18 months, and that there was the possibility of it being moved to another site nearby.
We will continue to push for full reinstatement of services after the pandemic.