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Councillor calls for united stand on Grantham A&E after being taken to hospital

A district councillor and businessman has called for a united stand on the future of local health services after he was taken to Grantham A&E last Saturday after collapsing.

Coun Jan Hansen, an Independent member of South Kesteven District Council representing Toller ward, collapsed after feeling faint and banged his head on machinery at his chocolate business in Folkingham.

Mr Hansen, who owns Hansen’s Chocolate House in Folkingham, was taken to Grantham Hospital A&E by ambulance in the afternoon, about an hour before the unit closes at 6.30pm.

Jan Hansen (8490544)
Jan Hansen (8490544)

He said: “The ambulance staff and staff at the A&E were brilliant. But if it had happened an hour later it would have meant a much longer trip to Lincoln or Boston. I saw people in the A&E who were much worse off than me. It’s frightening to think what might happen to patients like that.”

Coun Hansen said his experience put the situation into much greater perspective. He said the lack of progress in trying to reverse the closure of Grantham A&E overnight was frustrating.

He said: “The longer this goes on the more it will be swept under the carpet. If every councillor in the district got behind it and more members of the public wrote to their MPs then that could make a difference.

“I don’t feel like all the avenues are being explored and I feel it is politics getting in the way.”

Coun Hansen said the frontline staff were excellent and he was given a number of tests before being allowed to leave in little more than a few hours. But he said morale among staff seemed quite low.

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