Plans for a day surgery unit at Grantham Hospital are still in place despite the trust’s deficit.
Jane Lewington, the Chief Executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, told a board meeting that the plans for day surgery in Grantham were “not specifically under threat”.
She said the trust wanted day surgery here and it was planned for Grantham to play a larger role in the trust with elective surgery on site.
Mrs Lewington was responding to a question from district councillor Ray Wootten who wanted assurances that the day surgery unit was still on the agenda despite the deficit problems facing the trust.
She said it was important to separate emergency care and elective care in the trust’s hospitals. Too many beds were being taken up by emergency patients which meant fewer planned operations were taking place.
She said she was still positive about day surgery at Grantham. She said: “I am more positive because the need for it has not disappeared and we need to make all our sites work to the maximum efficiency.
She added: “We need a clear separation between urgent work and elective work. We have got a lot of emergency patients in hospital. The more we can separate elective care and emergency care, that will allow patients to gain faster access to care. But we can only do this if the proposals are affordable.”
Paul Boocock, director of estates and facilities, said the old hospital building on the Grantham site was due to be demolished this year as part of an ongoing programme of refurbishment on all three hospital sites.
Last year Mrs Lewington promised that a day surgery unit would be built at Grantham Hospital. In April she said plans put together for the centre had proven too costly and management had been asked to come back with a more affordable plan.
Mrs Lewington said the day surgery unit would benefit people all over the county and not just in Grantham.