Solihull health bosses have been criticised for putting swine flu medication collection points in public libraries.
Solihull Care Trust has two antiviral points, at Solihull and Chelmsley Wood libraries, which sees thousands of visitors every week.
Conservative councillor Maggie Throup has called for a re-think on using Solihull Library after dozens of residents complained it had caused huge amounts of disruption with much of the complex becoming out of bounds to regular visitors.
She also raised concerns that ‘flu friends, who have been in contact with infected patients, are sent to a busy building to collect Tamiflu drugs, which could worsen the spread of the H1N1 virus.
It comes as an eighth person with swine flu has died in the Midlands.
Ms Throup said: “I first raised my concerns about the library being used as the collection point for swine flu antivirals at the end of July but residents’ experiences now being fed back to me have emphasised my concerns.
“With much of the library complex being out of bounds to regular visitors, I am again raising the issue of the suitability of this location.
“With access to the library, the café and the booking office for future events at the theatre, the whole business at this complex is being adversely affected.
“For ‘swine flu friends’ who are collecting antiviral drugs to have to walk through the busy town centre, when they are so likely to have been in contact with the victim, seems a crazy idea to me.
“To this end I will be contacting the Care Trust to ask it to look for an alternative location that is readily accessible by public transport, has free parking and the prescence of the antiviral collection point will not affect the current activities at the site.”
Solihull NHS Care Trust and Solihull Borough Council said there had been disruption to services in Solihull and said they were monitoring the situation.
Director of Public Health Stephen Munday said: “It’s important that we ensure the best use of Council and Care Trust resources including the time of their dedicated staff whilst providing an accessible service.
“Libraries have been used as antiviral collection points across the country. Unfortunately there has been some disruption to the library and theatre box office, however the full range of services is still being provided from within the library complex.
“The Council is keeping these arrangements under review and will be closely monitoring the situation.
“Support has been given to those organisations that were due to use the studio space and they have been helped to find alternative locations.”
Collection points have stirred up controversy over Solihull having just two while other primary care trusts have up to 47, with health watchdogs complaining there has been no clear link between numbers of collection points and population sizes.
The different approaches from region to region have seen Worcestershire health chiefs reduce its availability of antiviral collection points in the past week, while South Staffordshire has increased its numbers during the same period.
New centres have opened in community pharmacies in Burntwood, Stone, Wombourne, Uttoxeter, Stafford, Tutbury, Tamworth, Cannock and Burton upon Trent, bringing the total up to 15.
There are currently over 60 anti-viral collection points open across the West Midlands and more than 40,000 people have collected anti-virals from these region since they opened on July 23.
John Wicks, Flu Director for South Staffordshire PCT said: “We are constantly reviewing our response to Swine Flu to ensure that we are protecting our local population and feel that it is now appropriate to open additional antiviral collection points in South Staffordshire.”