Grantham Journal columnist: Jacob Stuart

Columnist: Jacob Stuart
Columnist: Jacob Stuart
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It seems that the pressure applied by our MP Nick Boles has had its intended affect on our local NHS trust.

Mr Boles threatened that if things did not improve at Grantham Hospital, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust would lose control of the site.

With the promise that the children services will be expanded we now know that the hospital has a future and that if our young ones do become ill they will not be expected to travel away from Grantham to seek help as is the case now. In fact only two children a day are currently admitted while others are advised to travel further afield.

And for once it appears that Grantham is getting something first. Instead of being forgotten about we are going to be the first in Lincolnshire with this new kind of hub, which will provide around 15 different services to ailing children.

Part of the building work being done includes an addition to the much-maligned A&E of the hospital. We can hope that this indicates that the accident and emergency department has a future too in these plans, at the very least until spring next year when the new children’s hub opens.

It is good to see that the threat placed by Mr Boles just over a month ago has been taken seriously by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

This move shows that the ULHT are keeping true to their word over the deal to close the maternity ward.

The deal was meant to make way for vast improvements elsewhere in the hospital and we are now seeing the start of it.

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