South Kesteven and Lincolnshire see rise in Covid cases
Infection rates have increased almost across the board in Lincolnshire this week.
South Kesteven has seen a rise to 72.3 cases per 100,000 up to March 17, up from 66 per 100,000 before March 15.
The district comes lower down the table of districts in infection rates in Lincolnshire with South Holland (127.3) and Boston (125.4) only lower than North East Lincolnshire (149.2).
The number of deaths in South Kesteven since the pandemic began rose to 264 on Wednesday, confirming the first death in the district since March 8. The total number of coronavirus cases in the district reached 7,051.
NHS England reported one further death on Wednesday at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Since March 17, 2020, ULHT has seen a total number of 2,981 Covid inpatient cases, while 2,075 Covid patients have been discharged during that time.
The chief executive of the trust which runs Grantham Hospital has thanked staff for their hard work and support a year after the first Covid patients were treated in Lincolnshire hospitals.
Andrew Morgan paid tribute to the staff at ULHT in an open letter published a day before the trust board held an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, March 16, to review the green site and urgent treatment centre which were introduced last year.
Hospital campaigners have accused the trust of using the pandemic as an excuse to run down hospital services at Grantham, but the trust has insisted that changes are only temporary.
In his open letter, Mr Morgan says: “This week marks one year since we began seeing Covid-19 patients in our hospitals. I want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to absolutely everybody who has supported us during this time.
“I want to pay tribute to all of the teams, wards and departments across the entire trust for everything they have done this year.
“I think it is fair to say that this has been the most challenging year ever experienced in the history of the NHS and the way teams have pulled together has been nothing short of incredible. The resilience, teamwork and compassion shown by everyone has made me even more proud to work for the NHS, than I already was.
“I also want to thank the people of Lincolnshire for helping us. We know how valuable NHS services are and without you supporting us in a whole host of ways, I cannot begin to imagine how much more difficult the last year would have been.”
Meanwhile Lincolnshire Police is working with NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to tackle abuse thrown at medical staff over Covid-19.
A spokesperson for NHS Lincolnshire CCG confirmed that staff at vaccination and testing sites, along with GP practices, have been subjected to various levels of abuse and that it is working with the police to take action.
A spokesperson for NHS Lincolnshire CCG said:”Unfortunately staff working at some of our vaccination and testing sites, as well as at our GP practice sites, have been subjected to various kinds of abuse in recent
“We want to be very clear – abuse of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.We are working closely with our partners including Lincolnshire Police, and will - without exception - follow-up any and all incidences of abuse and will take appropriate action.
“Lincolnshire Police will prosecute anyone who commits criminal offences against staff, this includes abusive, threatening language.
“Please remember that the rollout of the Covid vaccination is only possible thanks to the sheer hard work and dedication of our amazing teams running the various sites around the county, whether they be at our testing or vaccination sites, or our GP practices and hospitals.
“Please be kind to them.”