GP: Health service proposals for region will be ‘reassuring’

Proposals for the future of health in Grantham will be released next month.

Proposals for the future of health in Grantham will be released next month.

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PLANS for a revamp of health services in the Grantham area are close to completion - and the people working on the project believe the public will be pleased with the results.

GPs are working on a project called Shaping Health for Mid-kesteven which aims to decide which services are needed in the Grantham area.

Currently Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust holds the county’s healthcare budget and buys services from other trusts, including United Lincolnshire Hospitals.

But under the new system it will be groups of GPs who decide how the budget is spent.

Dr David Baker, of Vine Street Surgery in Grantham, is one of the GPs working on the plans.

He said: “We’re producing a vision document which outlines the broad thrust of how we would like to see services develop at Grantham Hospital.

“I personally think the public will be very reassured when they see the vision document.”

Services like A&E and maternity are expected to stay.

But patients suffering certain conditions, including strokes, could be taken to specialist centres for intial treatment before being returned to Grantham Hospital to recover.

The vision document will be published in March and be followed by a public consultation on the proposals.

For more details on the project visit http://tinyurl.com/shaping healthgrantham

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