Breaking news: A&E in Grantham to remain closed for at least a further three months, decides ULHT

Grantham's A&E department will stay closed overnight until at least February, says the trust that runs it.

Tuesday, 1st November 2016, 11:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:01 pm
Grantham Hospital

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) board met this morning (Tuesday) at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, where on the agenda was the decision over the short-term future of Grantham’s emergency department.

The board has decided to keep Grantham’s A&E closed between the hours of 6.30pm and 9am daily, a move introduced on August 17 to send staff to under-resourced A&Es at Lincoln County and Boston Pilgrim.

Trust medical director Suneil Kapadia told today’s gathering, which included campaigners from Fighting 4 Grantham Hospital (F4GH), that the “best case scenario” now will be re-opening the A&E unit in February, when he hopes the staffing levels across Lincoln County and Boston Pilgrim will be adequate.

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While progress has been made in recruiting new staff, the meeting heard, no new staff are yet actively in post. Therefore, the board says it is not yet in a position to reopen our A&E to operate safely 24 hours a day.

On Friday, November 11, regulators NHS Improvement will review the decision.

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