After Covid's closure, the minor injuries unit in Solihull reopened

Center for Urgent Treatment in Solihull

Three years after being forced to close due to the Covid pandemic, a minor injuries unit has reopened.

Around 120 patients per day are anticipated for the £1 million urgent treatment center (UTC) at Solihull Hospital.

For non-emergency care, patients have had to travel outside the borough to Good Hope, Heartlands, or Queen Elizabeth hospitals since 2020.

According to hospital administrators, the renovated UTC will be accessible between 08:00 and 20:00.

Patients could receive care round-the-clock in the previous minor injuries unit.

Data gathered over two years showed that very few patients used the facility overnight, according to Jonathan Brotherton, interim chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.

According to Mr. Brotherton, this service is an improvement over the one that had to be shut down due to the pandemic.

According to him, "We're confident that the opening times that we currently have are mapped to the public's needs, and if they're not, then we'll review that over the course of the next year.".

Mayor officially opens minor injuries unit at Solihull
Mayor Diana Holl-Allen opens the center as UHB CEO Jonathan Brotherton (L) watches on.

Among other conditions, the new walk-in facility will treat broken bones, minor burns, stomach pains, and rashes. It can also be accessed through NHS 111.

Among the clinicians present will be GPs and emergency nurse practitioners.

Karen Grinsell
It was a "happy day," according to Cllr Karen Grinswell, who fought for the reopening of a minor injuries unit.

The petition to bring back a neighborhood minor injuries unit garnered more than 11,000 signatures, and deputy leader of Solihull Council Councillor Karen Grinsell said she was "really proud" to see it come back.

"We definitely demonstrated what the public desired; their voice was heard, UHB paid attention, and today is a happy day," she said.

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