Our story – Timeline of Lincolnshire NHS

Our National Health Service was founded in 1948 in place of fear – the fear that many people had of being unable to afford care for themselves and their families. And it was founded in a spirit of optimism – at a time of great uncertainty, coming shortly after the sacrifices of war.

At its best our National Health Service is the practical expression of a shared commitment by the British people: over the past seven decades, there when we need it, at the most profound moments in our lives. But as medicine advances, health needs change, and society develops, the National Health Service continually has to transform. 2023 marks the NHS’ 75th year, and in celebration of this, we’ve developed a timeline of how it has changed in Lincolnshire over its lifetime.

1948

1948

On 5 July 1948, the NHS was launched by the then Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, at Park Hospital in Manchester (known today as Trafford General Hospital).

For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella to provide services for free at the point of delivery.

“No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means” 
Aneurin Bevan

1960

1960

In May 1963 Skegness Hospital celebrated 50 years of incredible work with a weekend full of activities. The Golden Jubilee celebrations included a garden fete, a hospital open day, a reunion dinner for staff, and a thanksgiving service at St Matthews church, Skegness, conducted by the Hospital Chaplains.

1963

1963

In May 1963 Skegness Hospital celebrated 50 years of incredible work with a weekend full of activities. The Golden Jubilee celebrations included a garden fete, a hospital open day, a reunion dinner for staff, and a thanksgiving service at St Matthews church, Skegness, conducted by the Hospital Chaplains.

1977

1977

In 1971 the first phase of the new hospital was opened and in 1977 the hospital was completed and opened by Princess Anne. The hospital was named after Boston’s Pilgrim Fathers, a group of Lincolnshire Puritans who set sail for America, naming a part after their hometown, Boston.

2000

2000

In 2000 the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) was founded. ULHT is one of the biggest acute hospital trusts, consisting of four Lincolnshire hospitals: Lincoln County Hospital, Grantham and District Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital Boston, and County Hospital Louth.

2001

2001

A £10 million radiotherapy and oncology building opened at Lincoln County Hospital in 2001. The two-story building has 32 inpatient beds along with outpatient facilities, radiotherapy and a 20-station chemotherapy treatment area. The unit also has a specialist oncology CT scanner, which at the time was the second of its kind to be installed in the world, and the first in Europe.

2003

2003

From April 2003 first level nurses and midwives were able to start prescribing medicines for the first time, as a result of amendments made to the NHS regulations that allowed for supplementary prescribing.

2004

2004

An early pregnancy assessment service was introduced in 2004 at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, offering women who are less than 13 weeks pregnant (but more than 6) the chance to be seen to if they are experiencing bleeding or/and pain, helping to reassure them in the early weeks of pregnancy.

2005

2005

HRH The Princess Royal Princess Anne officially opened a major new development at Lincoln County Hospital. The £4.25 million scheme included the building of the new Stroke Unit and Ashby Ward for patients needing neuro-rehabilitation. It took just over one year to complete.

2006

2006

Newborn hearing screening arrived in Lincolnshire, giving all new parents the opportunity to have their newborn baby’s hearing screened within the first few weeks of their life.

2007

2007

The UNICEF baby friendly initiative is part of a wider global partnership between UNICEF and the World Health Organisation to transform healthcare for babies, parents and their families in the UK. The Baby Friendly Initiative was awarded to maternity staff in Lincolnshire for their incredible work.

2008

2008

A coronary angioplasty is a procedure used to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries (the main blood vessels supplying the heart). It is an incredibly difficult but lifesaving treatment and was performed for the first time in Lincolnshire in 2008.

2011

2011

In June 2011 the Endoscopy Unit at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, underwent a £2.5 million renovation. The work was done in conjunction with a new build intensive care unit.

2011

2011

Lincoln County Hospital received a new £1.4 million MRI scanner that makes MRI’s much more comfortable for many patients. The new piece of equipment scans blood vessels without the need for an injection, and allows patients to go into the scan feet first, helping to reduce claustrophobia. It can also carry out breast-scanning.

2012

2012

Thanks to a £250,000 investment, a new service at Louth County Hospital made cataract surgery easier for patients as it meant they no longer had to travel to Grantham for treatment.

2012

2012

A £15 million rehabilitation centre opened in 2012 to support and aid the recovery of people suffering with poor mental health. It offers 45 single occupancy rooms, therapy and treatment rooms, a café and a gym.

2013

2013

A 24/7 specialist heart service at Lincoln County Hospital provides gold standard treatment to people suffering a heart attack in Lincolnshire, saving 1,000 lives since it first opened its doors.

2014

2014

A project to revolutionise the care of hip fracture patients at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, received two national awards for the outstanding work achieved by the team. Pilgrim was also the number one hospital in the country for achieving best practice criteria in the National Hip Fracture Database report in 2013.

2014

2014

Working in partnership, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) and the Butterfly Hospice Trust, based in Boston opened in August, meaning end of life and respite care for adults with a life-limiting illness could be delivered in a homely environment.

2015

2015

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) was named in the top 100 trusts to work for, recognised for its commitment to supporting staff in their aim to provide their communities with the best possible care.

2015

2015

The Lincolnshire Talent Academy was initially set up to bring young people into the trust,  to develop the skills of a new generation of workforce in the health and care sector. It soon evolved further into a partnership of the health and care organisations to cultivate new talent.

2016

2016

A new research centre was opened to celebrate ten years of clinical research at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, with the number of clinical trials carried out in United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) hospitals going from around ten to almost 200.

2016

2016

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) was the first trust in the UK to use a new type of treatment for skin cancer called brachytherapy. Patients in Lincolnshire with non-melanoma skin cancer have been benefiting from this new, quicker and more precise treatment.

2016

2016

A bespoke mindfulness suite opened at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, to help older adult patients who are undergoing treatment for their mental health.

2017

2017

A ‘free to call’ number was launched for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS), allowing people to more easily receive help with health-related questions, resolve concerns or problems when using the NHS, and learn how to get more involved in their own health care. PALS offer free, confidential advice as well as support on health-related matters.

2017

2017

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) led the development of the first ever apprenticeship degree for physiotherapy and occupational therapy,  providing an alternative route for those who want to combine both studying and a job.

2017

2017

Thanks to a generous donation by the Friends of Lincoln Hospital Association, a new bereavement centre was opened to help families deal with the loss of a loved one by providing emotional and practical support and practical support.

2017

2017

A new state of the art neonatal unit opened at Lincoln following a £2.1 million refurbishment. The unit provides two intensive care, three dependency and twelve special cots, as well as two cots for babies needing isolation.

2017

2017

Following a £2 million investment, a new psychiatric intensive care unit was opened in Lincoln. The centre offers short-term intensive care to help men over the age of 18 overcome periods of crisis, without having to travel out of county.

2018

2018

A fantastic new £2.5 million antenatal and postnatal unit opened at the Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, allowing expectant and new mothers to receive care in the best possible environment.

2018

2018

The Fens is an all-male rehabilitation centre. Monies raised were used to makeover  outside space and develop a mental health rehab garden. Flower beds were dug, vegetables were planted, and once all the hard work had payed off the patients were able to use the things they’d grown for meals on the ward.

2019

2019

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s commitment to equality and diversity was recognised in 2019 by the LGBT charity, Stonewall. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust reached the Top 100 Employers list for LGBT employees, ranking 77th nationally and an impressive 4th within the health and social care sector.

2019

2019

The emergency department at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, has received a national funding boost of £21.3m.

The funding boost news came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the hospital with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock and Boston MP Matt Warman. They met with patients and staff, including new Chief Executive Andrew Morgan, as they toured the site including the emergency department.

They heard how the money will help with a move towards defined urgent and emergency ‘care zones’ in an attempt to improve patient wait times and the flow of patients in and out of the department. This will allow patients needing emergency treatment to be seen and treated quicker.

The investment was announced by the Department of Health this week as part of a capital funding increase for hospitals across the country to go towards improving the experience of patients in emergency departments.

For more information, visit: Trust welcomes new funding boost for Pilgrim hospital A&E during visit by Prime Minister – United Lincolnshire Hospitals (ulh.nhs.uk)

2020

2020

The NHS team behind an initiative to offer screening for latent tuberculosis, general health checks, information and advice to factory workers in south Lincolnshire have been shortlisted for a national award.

Staff from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) impressed judges in the Team of the Year category of the Nursing Times Awards 2020 with their efforts to improve access to healthcare services.

The work has been led by members of the countywide Community Tuberculosis (TB) Service and the trust’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team.

2020

2020

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust received almost £1million of funding from NHSE/I as part of a £1.6million investment in a new MRI scanner at Grantham and District Hospital.

The machine provides much more detailed and faster scans. It is also helping to improve cancer treatment as patients can be scanned earlier, leading to a quicker diagnosis and being able to start treatment sooner.

2020

2020

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has been successful in securing national funding to introduce an electronic prescribing and medicines administration (EPMA) system.

Once implemented, the system will provide NHS staff with rapid access to potentially lifesaving information on prescribed medicines, reduce duplication of information gathering and will reduce medication errors compared to a paper based system.

ULHT is one of seven hospital Trusts to receive a share of £8.7 million to introduce digital records and e-prescribing.

Electronic systems reduce the average time taken to complete drug rounds. They also provide improved efficiency and better clinical oversight which improves patient safety and quality of care due to a reduced risk of prescription and medicine administration errors.

2020

2020

A £7million national funding boost was announced to transform the Emergency Department at Lincoln County Hospital.

The investment by the Department of Health and Social Care was part of an additional £150 million capital funding programme to expand and upgrade 25 A&Es to reduce overcrowding and improve infection control.

2020

2020

Lincolnshire’s hospitals are now able to offer improved support and care for patients with a skin cancer diagnosis through a dedicated Skin Cancer The team is part of the Skin XL project run within United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and supported by Lincolnshire STP and East Midlands Cancer Alliance, which uses specially trained nurses who support patients and help them deal with the medical and psychological needs of a skin cancer diagnosis.

It is made up of Skin Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS’s), Skin Surgery Nurses, Skin Cancer Support Nurses and a Clerical Support Worker.

The nurses are able to attend ‘breaking bad news’ appointments and offer support. A dedicated nurse can then follow-up the consultation with a one to one session where they help patients to understand any medical implications of their diagnosis and are able to answer questions and provide a variety of information and also emotional support.

In addition to this, the two Skin Cancer CNS’s are currently undergoing training to be able to run clinics for patients that have been referred into the service. What we deliver for our patients will be enhanced further with the qualification of the two Skin Surgery nurses who will be able to support clinics with biopsies, when they complete their training in October 2020.

2020

2020

Hospital staff in Lincolnshire will be among the first to take part in a ground-breaking national research project looking at immunity and other unanswered questions around COVID-19.

Public Health England has launched the SIREN trial which will track NHS staff from across the country, with blood and throat swabs taken regularly over 18-months.

This will help researchers to better understand the true prevalence of the virus and will also improve scientific knowledge about the body’s response to COVID-19.  It hopes to do this by identifying anyone who has the virus, whether they develop antibodies, how long any antibodies may last for and if they contract COVID-19 again.

There is currently no firm evidence to suggest that having the antibodies means the carrier is immune to COVID-19 or that they can no longer transmit the virus to others.  SIREN will try to answer some of these questions.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) patients have already been enrolling onto a range of COVID-19 research studies, now the Research and Innovation Department are offering 250 Trust staff the chance to take part in this ground-breaking national COVID-19 research.

2020

2020

Four additional state of the art cleaning machines are being used in hospitals across the county to tackle bugs and germs that are resistant to traditional cleaning methods – including coronavirus.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has purchased four more hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) systems to help stop the spread of coronavirus, norovirus, MRSA and other drug-resistant micro-organisms. This is in addition to the four the Trust put into action at the start of the year.

These machines use the vapour to totally disinfect an area and kill all known germs on contact. The machines have been in regular use ever since, particularly with the arrival of coronavirus. Following their success, the Trust has spent another £80,000 for the additional machines that will be used in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham hospitals.

As the gas can be harmful to people, the cleaning can only be done in a room that is unoccupied and has been sealed off from all other areas.

2021

2021

A key focus for the ICB in 2021 was the covid-19 pandemic, with the UK enduring a number of lockdowns during this and the following year.  2021 was the first full year of the covid vaccination programme nationally and in Lincolnshire, and locally our vaccination teams quickly geared up from the end of 2020 and into 2021, to deliver an unprecedented response to an unprecedented pandemic, which included the successful administration of hundreds of thousands of vaccinations.

Having established fixed vaccination sites in Lincoln at the Lincolnshire Showground, and in Boston at PRSA, the vaccination team set about offering vaccinations to all eligible people, alongside our local Primary Care Networks, whose member GP practices delivered a significant number of vaccinations too.  Vaccinations at fixed sites were supplemented by a more mobile element to the vaccination programme, with the team taking the covid-19 vaccination out to communities.

The vaccination programme was also successfully expanded to include schools-based vaccinations, firstly of clinically extremely vulnerable children before then moving on to ‘healthy’ children.  Another key milestone was the launch in December of the booster vaccinations, which were particularly important given the threat then posed by the newer Omicron variant.

2021

2021

In 2021 as part of the transformation of emergency care at Lincoln County Hospital, patients needing urgent care were treated with a new £3.5 million purpose-built centre.

The completion of the UTC is the first phase in a programme of works that will transform the hospital’s emergency department. Other phases will see the expansion of the existing A&E department to include:

  • A bigger resus area with twice as many bays for the sickest emergency patients.
  • A new paediatrics area with its own dedicated waiting room, treatment cubicles and a sensory area for the youngest patients and their families.
  • Additional treatment rooms for mental health patients.
  • A new ambulance drop-off and bays created outside the front of the department with entrances directly into the resus and majors areas.
  • Additional clinical space, meaning that the emergency department will be able to accept patients from ambulance crews with improved speed and safety.

More information at: New Urgent Treatment Centre opens in Lincoln – United Lincolnshire Hospitals (ulh.nhs.uk)

2021

2021

In 2021 patients needing cancer and trauma diagnostics in Lincolnshire were benefit with a £3.8 million investment in new state-of-the-art imaging technology.

A £2.6 million funding boost, along with a further £1.2m of internal capital funding allowed United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to replace imaging equipment that was more than 10 years old. This has not only improved patient care and experience, but also the quality of the images being produced.

These investments have enabled the Trust to invest in cancer and trauma diagnostic services across the county and bring state of the art equipment into its hospitals, for the benefit of both staff and patients. These benefits include:

  • The CT scanners give far superior image quality, shorter scans times and significantly lower radiation doses.
  • The MRI scanners (provide more detailed imaging) have faster sequences with less time for the patient to be within the machine. They are so high-specification they give better imaging procedures for cancer patients and trauma patients across the board.
  • One of the two Lincoln CT scanners; a Cannon Prism, will be the first of its kind in the Lincolnshire and wider Midlands area. This scanner allows the Trust to undertake state-of-the-art imaging for heart and stroke patients. These will help to improve cancer, stroke and cardiac treatment as patients can be scanned earlier, leading to a quicker diagnosis and being able to start treatment sooner. This scanner can also provide detailed images of the respiratory system and will also allow the Trust to build on its regionally acclaimed FReD (Faster Respiratory Diagnosis x-ray service) for lung cancer which enables us to fast-track patients who present with symptoms that suggest lung cancer.

More information at: Diagnostics (ulh.nhs.uk)

2021

2021

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) already provides Urgent Treatment Centres at Lincoln, Skegness, Boston, Louth and Gainsborough.

In April 2021 the minor injury unit in Spalding became an urgent treatment centre, with longer opening hours and an additional range of services. Find out more.

2021

2021

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust launched a new service in October 2021 which quickly made a measurable impact on local people. We believe that people recover better at home or their place of residence, as this allows them to be more independent and live healthy lives for as long as possible. However, sometimes patients may need urgent support to continue to stay at home and avoid going to hospital. This is where urgent community response service plays its part in supporting patients with urgent care needs who otherwise may need to go to hospital. On receiving a referral, the team assess the patient’s needs and offer support within 2 hours. Between October 2021 and March 2022, the service supported 570 patients, with 424 (74%) of them being able to remain at home while under the care of the UCR service. These patients avoided distressing trips to A&E. Only 72 patients (12%) who were assessed and received an urgent community response needed to attend an acute hospital.

Typical patients who would require support from this service are older adults, people whose health deteriorated because of long-term conditions, people who had a fall without injury and people with increased confusion, dementia or frailty. Find out more.

2021

2021

For the second consecutive year, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) was shortlisted for Mental Health Trust of the Year at the 2021 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards. This national recognition commends the ongoing work of our Trust to transform mental health and learning disability services for vulnerable communities across Lincolnshire, enabling them to access excellent care as close to home as possible, in the least restrictive environment.

2022

2022

In January 2022, the Trust launched a new Mental Health Urgent Assessment Centre on the Lincoln County Hospital site. Piloting a new therapeutic environment for people in mental health crisis to receive additional assessment of their needs. Initially the service is taking direct transfers from East Midlands Ambulance Service and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to reduce demand in emergency departments. However, once developed the service will also accept walk-ins from the local community.

2022

2022

With the mantra of ‘living with covid’ fresh in most people’s minds, the covid-19 vaccination programme continued into 2022, and by March had delivered more than 1.6 million vaccinations.

As part of the Government’s approach to ‘live with covid’, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) confirmed further eligible groups of people who could have a spring booster, in order to top up their protection from covid-19.  There was an extension of the 5-11 cohort to include all children, rather than just those deemed ‘at risk’, plus a further (5th) dose for anyone aged 12 or over who was considered immunocompromised.

2022 also saw the Primary Care Networks continuing to play a vital role in the rollout of the covid vaccinations, along with community pharmacies across the county.  The vaccination teams running our fixed sites in Lincoln and Boston also increasingly took the covid vaccines out to people in their own communities, with a particularly active summer campaign that saw vaccination hubs being set up in locations across Lincolnshire.

Throughout the first two years of the vaccination programme, volunteers played a significant role in enabling the NHS in the county to successfully deliver the vaccines across the county.

Towards the end of 2022, we started to plan for 2023 and a more agile model of delivering the covid-19 vaccination programme.  You can read about what we’re doing on our website here: www.lincolnshire.icb.nhs.uk/grabajab

2022

2022

In 2022 it was announced that United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) was investing more than £3.2 million in a new robotic assisted surgery system that will offer more choice for urology and colorectal cancer patients as they undergo vital treatment. The system is a computer enhanced surgical robot designed to mimic the surgeon’s hand movements, enabling them to perform incredibly delicate procedures through the smallest of incisions.

For more information visit: £3.2m investment to bring robotic surgery to Lincolnshire – United Lincolnshire Hospitals (ulh.nhs.uk)

2022

2022

In 2022 it was also announced that new £5.3m theatres were unveiled at Grantham and District Hospital. The new modular building includes two operating theatres, along with their associated preparation rooms, utility facilities and a six-bed recovery bay. There is also an area for staff to change and take a break.

The theatres include an ultraclean ventilation system and digital screens which allow theatre teams from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) to access real-time patient and diagnostic information.

More information at: New £5.3m theatres unveiled at Grantham and District Hospital – United Lincolnshire Hospitals (ulh.nhs.uk)

2022

2022

To help with releasing capacity in acute hospitals and continue providing care closer to home, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust together with other partners developed three virtual wards: cardiac, COVID-19 and frailty. The virtual ward involves teams from across the health and social care services in the county. This collaboration involves everyone from community healthcare services, GP services, local council, hospital and also other clinicians.

In a virtual ward, support can include remote monitoring using apps, technology platforms and medical devices such as pulse oximeters. Support may also involve face-to-face care from multi-disciplinary teams based in the community, which is sometimes called Hospital at Home. Find out more.

2022

2022

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) became one of the only three Trusts in the East Midlands who successfully achieved main provider status by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

This means the team can now deliver apprenticeships outside of the Trust, making it much easier and more accessible for those wanting to start their career in the NHS. The centre can deliver a number of different qualifications for clinical and non-clinical apprenticeships at different levels. Find out more.

2022

2022

In 2022 Lincolnshire successfully became one of 26 national Maternal Mental Health Hubs, bringing together maternity services, reproductive health, and psychological therapy under one roof. Part of the county’s Better Births programme, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) in partnership with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), introduced new countywide support for women who have experienced birth trauma or loss, as well as expectant mothers who have a fear of labour.

2022

2022

A milestone has been reached in the building of a new £1 million pharmaceutical aseptic unit that will make lifesaving chemotherapy, intravenous nutrition and other ready-made injectable medicines, for the sickest patients in the county’s hospitals.

The brand new aseptic unit has been developed at Lincoln Science & Innovation Park and marks a further development in the ongoing relationship between the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Co-op and the University of Lincoln.

The unit will provide ready to administer chemotherapy treatments and other lifesaving injectable medicines such as intravenous nutrition, intravenous antibiotics and cutting-edge medicines for clinical trials.

To read more visit: A new pharmacy aseptic unit will bring lifesaving services to more patients across Lincolnshire – United Lincolnshire Hospitals (ulh.nhs.uk)

2022

2022

The facility, which is located just north of Grantham town centre, will be known as the Gonerby Road, Community Diagnostic Centre, and is part of a first wave of 40 Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) set to open across England.

Improving diagnostic capacity is recognised as a priority in the NHS Long-Term Plan, and the new Community Diagnostic Centres will play a crucial role in the delivery of diagnostic services, which will support the delivery of treatments for cancer, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.

For more information, visit Lincolnshire’s first Community Diagnostic Centre formally opened – United Lincolnshire Hospitals (ulh.nhs.uk)

2022

2022

In the first of its kind in the country, a chapel within Lincoln Cathedral has been dedicated for members of the emergency services and the NHS.

This unique space is one of a kind and offers a place where family and friends can gather, reflect and pause with quiet contemplation on the lives of those who have served with Ambulance, Police, Fire and Rescue, and the National Health Service.

The chapel itself includes four commissioned gilded panels by the Cathedral Illuminator displaying each service’s crest, which are placed in the four arches of the chapel, and a beautiful hand embroidered altar cloth by the Cathedral Embroiders’ Guild. A book of remembrance has also been hand crafted to reflect the sacrifice made by members of the four services.

To mark the occasion to dedicate the chapel, representatives from each of the services, as well as other invited guests, attended the service at Lincoln Cathedral on Tuesday 11th October, 2022.

For more information, visit Lincoln Cathedral chapel dedicated to the emergency services and NHS – United Lincolnshire Hospitals (ulh.nhs.uk)

2023

2023

The new 2,000 square metre Resuscitation Department (resus) is the area within the Emergency Department where patients will be taken if they need life-saving treatment immediately.

It contains eight treatment cubicles, all fitted with patient hoists and the latest equipment needed to provide life-saving support for patients.

The cubicles also have adjoining rooms where staff can safely put on any additional protection to care for patients with infectious conditions, such as flu and COVID-19. They can then safely remove any of the masks, aprons and gloves in the same rooms before returning to areas with other patients and staff.

For more information visit: New £5.6 million Resuscitation Department to treat the county’s sickest emergency patients – United Lincolnshire Hospitals (ulh.nhs.uk)

2023

2023

Grantham and District Hospital was named as one of eight surgical hubs nationally to be awarded accreditation for high standards in clinical and operational practice.

The hospital is part of a pilot scheme, run by NHS England’s Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons of England, which assesses hubs against a framework of standards.

Surgical hubs, which are separated from emergency services, are part of plans nationally to increase capacity for elective care with more dedicated operating theatres and beds.

The hubs exclusively perform planned surgery and mainly focus on high volume, low complexity (HVLC) surgery across various specialties including ophthalmology, general surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology, ear nose and throat, and urology.

Read more here: Grantham and District Hospital named as one of eight accredited surgical hubs in the country – United Lincolnshire Hospitals (ulh.nhs.uk)

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