Petition for new hospital in Grantham launched
A health campaigner says a new hospital should be built in Grantham with the help of money from the developers of thousands of new homes.
Jody Clark , of Fighting 4 Grantham Hospital, has launched an online petition calling for a brand new hospital off the A52 on the site of the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.
The petition is now on the petition.parliament.uk website and is waiting for approval to make sure it meets the site’s standards before it can launch.
She says developers could help with capital funds to build a new hospital which will be necessary in a town with thousands more houses over the next 20 years.
In response to the news that the Spitalgate Heath plan for 3,700 homes has been given the thumbs up by planners, Mrs Clark said: “It’s about time we had some good investment into our beloved hospital. I am sure a deal can be done with developers to help build it for them to have the old sites as housing. Make us the biggest town in Lincolnshire and then tell us we can’t have a 24-hour A&E!”
The barracks site has been earmarked for housing by the government, but Mrs Clark says she believes there would be room for a new hospital at the top of the site next to the A52 as well as housing.
Mrs Clark said: “Grantham and District Hospital needs significant investment to bring it up to fire and safety standards and be sustainable for the NHS long-term plan. Financially, it’s more feasible to build a new one at one of the major developments in town.
“Our hospital is in a poor state of repair, it needs desperate reconfiguring and has a major backlog of maintenance issues. The subsequent cost would be so high that building a new hospital would be more beneficial. The barracks location would be ideal for transport links, ambulances wouldn’t need to travel through gridlocked town centre, and the new site could include the mental health services (currently at a different location in town) and plenty of space for parking. We need capital funding!”
As well as the Spitalgate Heath site, thousands more houses are planned and being built off Barrowby Road and another 450 are to be built off Manthorpe Road.
Mrs Clark says she would like to see money provided by the developers of new homes in the town being put towards the building of a new hospital to provide a wide range of services for a bigger town.
The petition page can be found at petition.parliament.uk/petitions/242302
Trial to continue at Grantham
At a meeting of the county’s health scrutiny committee this week, it was announced that a trial started by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) last year at Grantham Hospital will continue. The trial focuses on orthopaedic cases with Grantham Hospital becoming a hub for planned orthopaedic inpatient care. As a result the number of operations has doubled to an average of 117 per month, with waiting lists reduced.
ULHT says that the trial will continue until March 2020 and if successful it could mean the hospital will secure a multi-million pound investment in theatres to make it one of the top performing hospitals in the country for joint replacements.
Grantham district and county councillor Ray Wootten, who attended the scrutiny committee meeting, said: “I welcome the planned extra investment at Grantham should the planned orthopaedics trial continue to be a success, which will not only secure the hospital’s future but enable our residents to be treated locally and not have to travel elsewhere saving travelling time and be near their family.”