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A NEW programme in force at Grantham Hospital aims to ensure services are run more efficiently.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust launched the ‘Transformation Programme’ across all its hospitals a few months ago, and says the results are now beginning to show.

It will see diagnostic checks carried out at weekends, alternatives to A&E for non-life-threatening conditions and improving the use of theatres to reduce waiting times.

Many patients can now have tests carried out in the endoscopy unit over the weekend or in the evening. To enable this to happen, three new endoscopy nurses and a GP have been recruited to extend the hours the service can be offered and to provide weekend appointments.

The endoscopy unit at Grantham will be refurbished over the Christmas period.