Solihull Hospital & Community Services
Solihull Hospital, based near to Solihull town centre, provides a range of outpatient, inpatient and emergency care services for its local community. It is also the regional centre for dermatology (the treatment of skin conditions).
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is also the provider of many community healthcare services for Solihull residents. Community Services in Solihull provide a wide range of care in people’s own homes and in community-based settings such as GP surgeries, community clinics and care homes.
Please see our visiting times here.
Services include supporting local people to stay healthy and well, such as stop smoking and community dentistry; to pro-active care to support people to stay independent in a community setting, such as ‘virtual’ wards and community nursing. The Community Services teams also provide much-needed support in a crisis. This may be rapid response nursing, hospice at home and intermediate care.
By being a provider of both hospital and community services, Heart of England has the opportunity to shape the way care is provided across traditional boundaries.
The Trust is working with local people and with GPs and colleagues in the local authority and voluntary sector through a newly evolving ‘Integrated Care’ partnership. The aim is to develop services that:
- Support patients to stay healthy and well
- Provide personalised care in patients’ own homes and community settings
- Prevent unplanned admission to hospital and provide rapid access to diagnostic and expert services when needed
Children’s Solihull Community Services
Solihull Hospital Site Map
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.