Grantham Journal column: Hospital staff have ensured changes do not on patient care
The temporary night time closure of Grantham A&E remains the focus of a lot of attention at the moment, and for good reason. We know how important the hospital is to local people and ULHT will continue to work hard in recruiting the staff we need to safely deliver services across all our hospitals. The department continues to provide a quality service to the patients who attend during the opening hours of 9am to 6.30pm.
The impact of the temporary changes to Grantham A&E opening hours on our other A&E departments at Lincoln and Pilgrim hospitals has been lower than expected. In fact, we haven’t seen an increase in attendances at either site.
The staff in all departments at Grantham Hospital have responded brilliantly in ensuring that this urgent change in service does not impact on the quality of patient care. They have worked tirelessly to ensure that the quality of patient care and experience across the whole site continues to improve.
Next month ULHT will be visited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who will undertake a full inspection into the quality of services and patient care at all of our hospitals. They will measure us against their five key domains, are we safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. On the last inspection the services on the Grantham site were identified as good. Our staff will be ready to show them all the amazing work and developments that go on at Grantham.
We continue to invest in our hospital and work has begun on refurbishing a building near the front of Grantham hospital to create a new dedicated ophthalmology unit which will offer expanded outpatient services and surgical procedures on the Grantham site. It is hoped that the new unit will take its first patients in November this year.