The chief of NHS England visited Grantham Hospital today to officially open its new ambulatory care centre.
Simon Stevens visited Grantham and District Hospital where he had a tour of the accident and emergency department and learned about the ways that the local health community is addressing some of the pressures placed on the emergency departments of hospitals nationally.
Mr Stevens unveiled a plaque to officially open the assessment and ambulatory care centre (ACC) at the hospital, where he was met by Linda Keddie, and Dr Shirine Boardman from ULHT and Allan Kitt, Accountable Officer, Dr David Baker and Clair Raybould, Chief Commissioning Manager from south West Lincolnshire CCG.
Mr Stevens earlier visited Lincoln County Hospital where he was given a tour of the hospital and met with the Chief Executive, Jan Sobieraj and other senior managers and clinicians from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Mr Stevens said: “It was great to be able to meet dedicated staff and local patients in Lincoln and Grantham, and hear first hand about service pressures, recent improvements, and important plans for the future. It was a particular pleasure to officially open the new Grantham ambulatory care centre.”
Jan Sobieraj, Chief Executive of ULHT, said: “It was a pleasure to show the CEO of NHS England the services we provide at ULHT that are leading the way nationally, such as the Lincolnshire Heart Centre. We also spent time showing Simon areas where we need to transform our services, so they too can achieve great results for all our patients like the heart centre”.
Allan Kitt, Accountable Officer for South West Lincolnshire said: “It is a great opportunity for us to showcase the innovative work that we do in Lincolnshire to Simon. We are always looking at ways of working collaboratively to ensure we provide the highest quality, safe care for all our patients.
Simon was accompanied on this visit by Senior Fellow Dr Mahiben Maruthappu.