Hospital bosses promise upgrades at Grantham

Scene Setters : Grantham Hospital.
Scene Setters : Grantham Hospital.

Hospital trust leaders have denied there are any plans to close the critical care unit or downgrade A&E at Grantham Hospital and that other services will be improved.

The promises were made at a meeting of the board of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust this week in the wake of last week’s warning by MP Nick Boles who said that the hospital could be removed from the control of the ULHT and transferred to another trust if it did not implement the key elements of the Shaping Health for Mid Kesteven programme.

The board came under scrutiny from Lincolnshire County Council chairman Ray Wootten on Tuesday, who demanded to know if the trust would be implementing the Shaping Health programme in full.

Coun Wootten, who was accompanied by his wife, Linda, also a county councillor, said: “My wife and I represent 40 per cent of the population of Grantham and they say hands off Grantham Hospital. They want it to improve and expand.”

He said they had spoken to patients and staff at the hospital that day and one had said that if they suffered a stroke they would rather die than have to go to Lincoln hospital. He said: “That’s a terrible thing.”

Jane Lewington, Chief Executive of the Trust, told the meeting that the trust was looking at developing day surgery on site, specialist rehabilitation services, palliative car and a stepdown ward on site. She said: “I do not think any of that tells me we are atepping away from Shaping Health. This not about shutting Grantham Hospital. We want Grantham Hospital to succeed and expand. We have a responsibility to ensure that what we deliver is safe and viable and sustainable.”

He said they had spoken to patients and staff at the hospital that day and one had said that if they suffered a stroke they would rather die than have to go to Lincoln County Hospital. He said: “That’s a terrible thing.”

Jane Lewington, chief executive of the trust, told the meeting that the trust was looking at developing day surgery on site, specialist rehabilitation services, palliative care and a stepdown ward. She said: “I do not think any of that tells me we are stepping away from Shaping Health. This is not about shutting Grantham Hospital. We want Grantham Hospital to succeed and expand. We have a responsibility to ensure that what we deliver is safe and viable and sustainable.”