‘Staff speculation is very damaging’

Hospital March in 2005
Hospital March in 2005
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United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and NHS Lincolnshire deny that there are plans for Grantham’s A&E ‘downgrade’.

A spokesman said: “There are no plans to downgrade A&E at Grantham Hospital and any comments of this nature are completely untrue, without any substance and very damaging.

“There are plans to enhance the A&E department by bringing in GPs to work as part of the overall A&E team to treat patients with minor illnesses and injuries. This move will allow A&E consultants and senior doctors to be freed up to treat more serious patients with complications.

“As a result, patients will be seen more quickly and will receive treatment by the most appropriate clinician for their need, rather than waiting to see a consultant. ”

The Shaping Health for Mid Kesteven Programme Board, which is made up of GPs, the Trust, Grantham Hospital Defence Committee, and others including staff, has been meeting over the past 18 months to develop their vision for Grantham Hospital. The spokesman said its intention is to keep the public fully informed.

She added: “Everyone who has been involved in this work fully agrees that Grantham Hospital has a bright and exciting future as the hub for our local healthcare services.

“We plan to consult fully with local people in the summer on the whole range of services which will be needed in the future.”

Maternity services were recently added to the areas of the hospital that the board is discussing.

The trust added that it cannot discuss Paul Lewis’ disciplinary case. A spokesman said: “The trust would not dismiss any member of its workforce for spending time with patients and our primary commitment is patient care. It should be recognised that patient care is delivered in a whole range of ways and not just direct clinical contact, particularly within clinical management level posts.”

Find out more about the shaping health board at www.lincolnshire.nhs.uk