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Vicar: Services are carrying on and the building is still pretty good

The vicar of St. Botolph's Church in Boston says people are coping well with the disruption while the building undergoes repairs following the December floods. It is estimated it will take a year to put right all the damage.

Rev Alyson Buxton says they are looking forward to when it is just another part of the building's 700 year history.

Landmark could take a year to recover from flooding

Volunteers at one of the region's most famous landmarks say it could be more than a year until it has fully recovered from December's flooding.

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St. Botolph's Church in the centre of Boston still has not dried out - three months on.

The underfloor heating will need to be replaced. The gift shop and cafe remain closed though services are still taking place and it is once again open to visitors.

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Flood repairs at Boston's St. Botolph's Church to take a year

St. Botolph's Church in Boston, Lincolnshire
St. Botolph's Church in Boston, Lincolnshire Credit: ITV News Calendar

Volunteers at St. Botolph's Church in Boston, Lincolnshire, say it will take at least another year for the building to fully recover from the floods of December when water cascaded through the 700 year old building. It is not yet dry inside and a new heating system will have to be installed.

Sections of the building remain cordoned off until the damage can be fully assessed beneath woodwork on the floor. Temporary wiring has been fixed around the Grade 1* listed church and the office, shop and cafe remain closed, though services are carrying on and visitors can once again be admitted.

Repair work starts on Boston's flood defences

Work to repair flood defences in Boston, after the town suffered huge amounts of damage in last year's tidal surge, have got underway today.

A temporary defence is being ripped out of the banks of the River Witham to be replaced by a new, stronger brick wall. It is one of four areas which have been flagged up as a priority.

The Environment Agency is aiming to complete the work before the spring tide at the beginning of next month. Matt Price reports.

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New helipad for air ambulance

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance has been given the exclusive use of a purpose-built helipad in Boston to help with airlifting patients in and out of the Pilgrim Hospital.

The concrete helipad, located at the Boston Aerodrome, is fitted with lights so that the helicopter can land and take off during the hours of darkness. The lights were paid for by a donation of £6,000 from Lions Clubs across Lincolnshire.

The use of the land for the helipad was donated by Boston Aeroclub and the club also constructed a roadway so that land ambulances can drive safely all the way up to the helipad for transfers.

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Pilot, Captain Tim Taylor, said:

"The site at Boston will be ideal for airlifting emergency cases to the Pilgrim Hospital or for transfers from the hospital to specialist major trauma centres across the country.

Given its location it will also be a useful addition to the network of landing sites in case of bad weather or mechanical problems. We cannot thank the members of Lions clubs across Lincolnshire, and the Boston Aerodrome enough for their help and support in providing this vital facility.

As the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance receives no financial support from the government, we rely on voluntary financial contributions and the generosity of people giving their time and skills to help us save lives."

Patients involved in improving Lincolnshire hospitals

United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust was criticised for its care levels in 2013

After a report criticised levels of care, patients are now being involved in improving standards at hospitals in Lincolnshire. They're being asked what quality care looks like to them.

The initiative has been introduced at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston after recommendations were highlighted in the Keogh Review.

A group made up of members of the public have been taken round every ward, department and clinical area within the hospital to identify improvements that could be made to enhance the patient’s experience.

They were asked to consider one of four key areas when making their assessments – is the area welcoming; safe; caring and involving and well organised and calm.

Jennie Negus, Deputy Director of Nursing said: “This was an excellent opportunity to involve our patients and members as our eyes and ears on the ground at the hospital.

“Patients and staff both have high expectations for safe, good quality care, delivered in welcoming and clean environments. The challenge helps to address how the environment influences patient experience and helps us hear the patient voice, address any issues and also share best practice."

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