Maternity Unit closure: ‘Grantham Hospital has a really bright future’

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Despite today’s news that Grantham Hospital will lose its maternity unit, health bosses insist the future is bright for Grantham Hospital.

South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s chief officer Allan Kitt, answering a concern raised about staff morale and recruitment, said part of the problem is “uncertainty” about the future of the hospital.

He added: “Every so often a rumour goes around with people saying Grantham Hospital is going to close.

“But Grantham has this really bright future. The way Grantham is heading it is really going to be the model for small, local hospitals.”

Mr Kitt said the final Shaping Health for Mid Kesteven report should end rumours about the future of the hospital.

He said: “This puts an end to it. We need a local hospital and it is going to be a hub for specialist health care for our patch.”

In a press release released by South West Lincolnshire CGC after today’s meeting, Dr Vindi Bhandl, Acting Chair for South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We care passionately about Grantham Hospital and can assure the people of Grantham that the hospital is open for business for many years to come.”