The Accident and Emergency unit at Grantham and District Hospital should remain closed overnight for the time being, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has recommended.
The Trust's board met earlier this morning and approved closure between the hours of 6.30pm and 9am every day. The decision still requires a final approval from NHS Improvement on 11 November.
Trust director Suneil Kapadia told the meeting, which was attended by campaigners from Fighting 4 Grantham Hospital, that the “best case scenario” now will be to re-open the unit in February once staffing levels across Lincoln County and Boston Pilgrim are adequate.
Thousands of people protested against the closure in Grantham over the weekend.
Trust Board agree to Grantham A&E staying closed overnight. We remain committed to it fully opening but only when safe to do so.
“Along with Grantham people, ULHT wants to reopen Grantham A&E. But we won’t do this until it is safe to do so."
"Since August we have employed two more long term locum registrars to Lincoln A&E and Grantham doctors are having a positive impact on Lincoln A&E. I’d like to thank the Grantham doctors who have supported Lincoln. They have been brilliant and have helped deliver safe patient care. They are providing up to 75 hours a week registrar and up to 8 hours a week consultant support at Lincoln. But the reality is the service remains fragile and sustaining staffing rotas in the three A&Es is difficult."
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