SOS Grantham Hospital has distributed petitions in premises around Grantham and the surrounding villages.
The petition calls for:
+ The return of a fully operational A&E Unit with only exceptional cases being transferred.
The loss of support for the A&E unit has led to an increase in risk to patient safety, and delay in receipt of emergency care, where surgery is required, or may be required. Medical skills and training can be shared across the group of hospitals.
+ A Consultant led team to return to our Midwifery Unit.
We oppose its closure, especially given more than 2,000 babies were born in this area last year. Local mothers are being denied a real choice and forced to travel long distances in labour, risking their life and their baby’s life.
+ The provision of an Acute Stroke Unit so we have parity with Boston and Lincoln residents.
+ Return patient and carer transport should be provided where it is necessary to transfer patients for initial and follow up treatment.
You can sign the petition at:
MarkJarvis Betting Shop
Costa Coffee (on their Noticeboard)
The Extracare Charitable Trust
Co-op Store (Harrowby Estate)
You can also sign in the following villages...
Harlaxton Post Office
Croxton Kerrial, Peacock Inn
Long Bennington Post Office
Great Gonerby Post Office
Great Gonerby Social Club
Ancaster Post Office
Wilsford Post Office
The petition is in response to NHS Lincolnshire’s Shaping Health for Mid Kesteven consultation which, among other proposals, calls for Grantham to lose it maternity unit.
Find out more and take part in the consultation by logging on to www.lincolnshire.nhs.uk