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Hospital campaigners to meet to mark anniversary of overnight closure of Grantham A&E

Campaigners will gather outside Grantham Hospital to mark four years since A&E closed overnight.

Members of the public are invited to join campaigners at the socially-distanced gathering on Sunday, August 16, at 2pm for 30 minutes.

It will take place outside the old hospital building on Manthorpe Road, so it does not impact on patients accessing the urgent treatment centre and out of respect for the hospital being a ‘green’ Covid-free site.

Fighting 4 Grantham Hospital.(39366013)
Fighting 4 Grantham Hospital.(39366013)

The urgent treatment centre replaced the A&E last month, in a controversial move by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), which claims it is temporary. The measure will be in place until at least March 31, 2021.

Campaigners and politicians have raised concerns that the move is not intended as temporary and have accused trust bosses of using the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to downgrade the unit.

Jody Clark, of Fighting 4 Grantham Hospital (F4GH), said: “Ican’t believe we are facing a fourth anniversary of the ‘temporary’ overnight closure of our A&E. It’s no wonder we don’t trust the word ‘temporary’ anymore. We still feel like the forgotten town.

“We have made quite a name for ourselves over the past four years. The passion in our community has been obvious from the start. We do not want all these changes at our hospital, especially as it puts so many of us miles away from emergency care and some clinics and outpatient appointments, too.

“I hope the gathering reminds the health providers that we have not gone anywhere and we will continue to push them to return our lost services, as soon as possible. We will not stop fighting until we have the provision we need and deserve.

“We also want to give thanks to our dedicated and caring staff and show the passion from the Grantham community. We hope many will be able to join us.”

Mel Powles, also of F4GH, is hoping the upcoming anniversary will motivate the community more.

She added: “We want to encourage those that may have grown tired and bored of the excuses from ULHT and are thinking about giving up.

“It is now more important than ever to show ULHT just how much we love our hospital.

“You can do this by downloading a heart to display in your car, home or business premises. Lets cover the town in hearts.”

Download a heart by emailing: rcr.graphics@gmail.com

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