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.
Launch of the NHS.
Skegness Hospital installed its first TV.
Skegness Hospital celebrated their Golden Jubilee.
Pilgrim Hospital facility was officially opened.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust was founded.
£10 million radiotherapy and oncology building at Lincoln County Hospital opened.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) nurses start prescribing medicines for the first time.
Early pregnancy assessment service was introduced at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Neuro-rehabilitation Ashby Ward and the new stroke unit at Lincoln officially opened.
Newborn hearing screening comes to Lincolnshire.
Unicef Baby Friendly initiative awarded to maternity staff in Lincolnshire.
Angioplasty, life-saving heart treatment, performed in Lincolnshire for the first time.
A £2.5 million renovation began on the Endoscopy unit at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
New £1.4 million MRI scanner at Lincoln County Hospital.
Cataract surgery launched in Louth.
Discovery House officially opened.
Lincolnshire Heart Centre officially opened.
Two national awards were won for a project which has revolutionised the care of hip fracture patients at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
The Butterfly Hospice Trust officially opens.
Health Service Journal named Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for.
Lincolnshire Talent Academy was launched.
10 years of clinical research was celebrated by opening a research centre at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) was the first in the country to carry out skin cancer brachytherapy.
Bespoke Mindfulness Suite is opened at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Free to call’ number launched for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) led the development of the first ever apprenticeship degree for physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
New bereavement centre opened at Lincoln County Hospital.
Neonatal unit opened at Lincoln County Hospital.
New psychiatric intensive care unit for men opened in Lincoln.
Antenatal and postnatal unit opened at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Mental health rehab garden opened and funded by NHS charity at The Fens.
Stonewall named Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) as one of Britain’s top LGBT inclusive employers.
Trust welcomes new funding boost for Pilgrim hospital, Boston A&E during visit by Prime Minister.
National award shortlisting for team behind factory health project.
State-of-the-art MRI scanner is part of £1.6million investment at Grantham hospital.
£1.2million funding for electronic medicines management system in Lincolnshire’s hospitals.
£7million funding announced for Lincoln County Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Skin XL Nurses – delivering support and advice to skin cancer patients.
Lincolnshire hospitals among the first to join ground-breaking COVID-19 research.
Hospitals invest in extra state of the art cleaning machines to help tackle coronavirus.
ICB set up Covid vaccination programme and centres.
Lincoln Country Hospital patients gained a new £3.5 million purpose-build centre.
£3.8 million invested in hospital imaging technology.
Further development of urgent treatment centres in Lincolnshire.
Urgent Community Response Service launched.
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) short listed for Mental Health Trust of the Year for HSJ Awards.
New Mental Health Urgent Assessment Centre launched on Lincoln County Hospital site.
More than 1.6million vaccinations were delivered.
£3.2m investment to bring robotic surgery to Lincolnshire.
New £5.3m theatres unveiled at Grantham and District Hospital.
Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) further virtual ward developments.
Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) becomes main provider of apprenticeships.
Lincolnshire became one of 26 national Maternal Mental Health Hubs.
A new pharmacy aseptic unit brings lifesaving services to more patients across Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire’s first Community Diagnostic Centre was formally opened on Friday 6 May, 2022 at an event to mark the occasion.
Lincoln Cathedral chapel dedicated to the emergency services and NHS.
New £5.6 million Resuscitation Department to treat the county’s sickest emergency patients.
Grantham and District Hospital named as one of eight accredited surgical hubs in the country.