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Long A&E waits and cancelled operations at Lincoln County Hospital

Patients have been experiencing "long" A&E delays and cancelled operations at Lincoln County Hospital this week following a surge in norovirus admissions.

Added pressure comes from "a reduction in discharges back into the community", said the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT).

Director of operations Simon Evans said the emergency department has seen improvements in A&E waiting times in the last 24 hours.

Lincoln County Hospital (13648324)
Lincoln County Hospital (13648324)

He added: “However, we are continuing to see a significant increase in the number of very poorly patients attending at Lincoln A&E.

"We are also seeing more patients who have winter sickness (norovirus) in particular, and ask relatives and visitors not to visit patients if they have had symptoms in the last 72 hours.

“We are continuing to work with our partner health and social care organisations to ensure our patients receive the appropriate care as soon as possible, as well as directing patients who visit our A&E to more appropriate services and cancelling some non-urgent operations.”

No norovirus cases have been recorded at Grantham Hospital and sites in Boston and Louth, according to ULHT.

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