Coronavirus information

Information on the coronavirus pandemic for our patients and visitors.

View coronavirus information

Solihull Hospital & Community Services

Restoration of services: plans progressing for Solihull Hospital to be COVID-clear

Story posted/last updated: 21 May 2020

As part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust’s Phase 2 COVID-19 response, plans are progressing at pace to turn Solihull Hospital into a site clear of COVID-19. This will enable as many local patients, as is safe and practical, to undergo surgery and procedures that have been ‘paused’ during the initial response to the pandemic.

Since Friday 8 May 2020, GPs have been referring patients for medical assessment largely to Heartlands Hospital and all medical inpatients have been discharged to their usual place of residence, or transferred to Heartlands Hospital or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; as a result there are now no inpatients in Solihull Hospital.

The next step will be to deep clean and enable construction works, in readiness for the hospital to open its doors again to patients requiring surgery on Monday 1 June 2020. To facilitate the maintenance of a COVID-clear hospital, the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) will be closed from 22:00 on Thursday 21 May 2020, as part of the temporary measures being implemented.

These departments at Solihull Hospital will continue to provide services to patients and in ways that meet NHS England and NHS Improvement’s guidelines for managing COVID-19:

  • Dialysis
  • Pharmacy
  • Pathology
  • Outpatients
  • Women’s Unit (inc. Birthing Unit)
  • Cardiac Catheterisation Lab
  • Cardiology Diagnostic Testing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dermatology
  • Rheumatology
  • Haematology/Oncology
  • Imaging
  • Ophthalmology

With the closure of the MIU from this 22:00 on Thursday 21 May 2020, patients with a minor injury should seek treatment elsewhere. This could be:

  • Visiting a local pharmacy
  • Visiting the NHS 111 website or calling 111 (free and open 24/7)
  • Travelling to another local minor injuries unit or walk-in centre
  • Contacting their GP
  • For more serious issues (including suspected broken bones), travelling to Heartlands Hospital or Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham A&E departments

Approximately 40 people currently attend the MIU at Solihull Hospital each day, between 08:00 – 22:00, for conditions such as:

  • Sprained ankle: minor sprains can often be treated at home, by using RICE therapy: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate. The NHS website is a good and reliable source of self-care advice, or a pharmacist can also give advice about sprains and strains, including advice about painkillers
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI): can often be treated by speaking to local pharmacist, or contacting their GP
  • Cellulitis: patients would be advised to contact their GP if they are concerned they have cellulitis, or contact NHS 111
  • Minor cuts: can often be treated at home, or with advice from a pharmacist

More information about local services can be found on the NHS website.

Options are currently being explored to ensure that patients have an urgent care service in the borough, whilst these temporary measures at Solihull Hospital are taken.

For more information, please contact University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Links

Solihull Hospital Site Map

Click here to view a hospital sitemap for Solihull Hospital (due to be updated)

Travelling by Car

Solihull Hospital is on Lode Lane in the town centre. It is within easy access of Juntion 5 of the M42, the A41 Warwick Road and A34 Stratford Road.

Click here to view car parking availability and charges

Travelling by Train

Solihull train station is approximately one mile away from the hospital. For more information on train travel please see the links below to help you plan your journey or find out timetables:

Centro | Railtrack | the trainline.com

Travelling by Bus or Coach

For information on bus time tables and journey planning, visit the Travel West Midlands website.

For information on coach travel, please visit the National Express website.

Solihull Hospital first opened its doors as a Workhouse in 1839 for the ‘undeserving poor’, including the homeless, sick, aged and those with smallpox and tuberculosis (TB).One hundred years later the circumstances of war turned it into a hospital.

A purpose-built Solihull District General Hospital was opened in 1994.

Two years later Solihull and Heartlands Hospitals merged to create Birmingham Heartlands & Solihull NHS Trust and in April 2005, this became Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

Community healthcare services for the borough transferred to the Heart of England Foundation Trust from Solihull Care Trust in April 2011 under the national Transforming Community Services programme.

About us

Our Central Production Unit (CPU) is based at Solihull Hospital, currently producing 50,000 cook-chill meals each week, over a five-day production to Heartlands, Solihull, and Good Hope Hospital.

Our success in healthcare catering and cook-chill hospital food production is due to our dedicated team of staff who receive, prepare, cook, portion, chill and seal food containers, before distributing all our products within the Trust and to our customers. We pride ourselves on our highly skilled, dedicated and committed team who have been trained in all aspects of kitchen production and food hygiene. We believe this is a major factor in retaining staff and developing the workforce.

The Production Team is supported by the Trust Catering Manager, CPU Support and the Catering Systems Manager, whom all have extensive knowledge and vast experience in the delivery of high-class healthcare catering services. Our cook-chill food is of the highest standard and quality.

Quality Standards

The Central Production Unit (CPU) has many Quality Systems in place which is essential to ensure food safety and to maintain quality. The service has been accredited with EN ISO 9001:2008 which is an International Quality Standard that continues to update its values.

The CPU also operates a full Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point System (HACCP). This is a safe system of work procedures that documents the production process, from sourcing the raw products we use through production, to delivery to our customers. The control system identifies Critical Control Points (CCP) that must be documented, such as temperature controls, etc.

The CPU has been granted full approval as a food business establishment in accordance with European regulation (EC) No 853/2004 and has a unique approval code UK SO 008 EEC. It is also registered with the Food Safety Agency.

The Central Production Unit (CPU) operates under the award winning STS Solutions food safety management systems, meaning that the CPU operates in accordance with STS Code of Practice / Technical Standards for food processing / Supplying to the NHS & Public Sector. The CPU is externally audited every six months to ensure compliance with the standards.

Also, the CPU is visited by the Solihull Environmental Health department thought out the year.

Try before you buy

Visits to Our Central Production Unit (CPU)

If you are interested in finding out more about how we can help you, why not visit our CPU to see it in full operation. In our experience, seeing how and where our food is prepared, chilled, stored and dispatched can help offer you peace of mind and will reassure you of the excellent quality of food we provide.

Trialling Our Products

In addition to visiting our CPU, we can arrange for you to trial our products. We can also provide you with a presentation of our service, detailed information and a selection of dishes to taste for yourself, either at your premises or Solihull hospital. If you would like more information on this please contact the Trust Catering Manager

Selection & Choice

The Central Production Unit (CPU) offers a wide range and selection of main course meals, potatoes & vegetables, hot sweets, a variety of salads, and cold sweets.

The Trust is also able to provide specialised dietary meals, which have been designed primarily for the healthcare market. All our dishes are prepared using fresh ingredients and standardised recipes which ensure that the consistency and quality of each dish remain the same each time it is produced. The CPU operates a three-week menu cycle which is available upon request.

The menus have been designed by a specialist team of catering managers and dietitians and are coded to show diet suitability. We are continually developing new dishes to add to our menus.

Patient and Restaurants Menu

Customer Service

We have a team of managers on hand to assist you when introducing a Cook Chill/Cook Frozen Meal Service into your organisation and who can offer advice on any equipment requirements. We will also support you and your staff during the early stages of implementation to ensure you are satisfied with the system and can advise you on what document controls you require.

Should you decide to use our services, a manager from our team will be assigned to look after you during the agreed contract period and will arrange meetings with you as part of our ongoing service throughout the year.

Catering Department
Solihull Hospital,
Lode Lane,
Solihull,
B91 2JL

Telephone: 0121 424 5439

If you like more information about our service, or if you would like to request a detailed menu or price list, please contact our Catering Manager using the details above.

Latest site news

Thinking of going to Accident and Emergency but not sure if you need to? Try our handy symptom checker.

Try ask A&E

We're improving the accessibility of our websites. If you can't access any content or if you would like to request information in another format, please view our accessibility statement.