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401 marathon man to set off for latest run from Grantham

A man who has set himself the challenge of running 401 marathons in 401 days will team up with local children and schools across Grantham today to complete his 247th marathon.

Fundraiser Ben Smith at the finish line as part of his bid to run 401 consecutive marathons during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. Credit: Press Association

Ben Smith, who only ran his first marathon three years ago, will kick-start the 26.2 mile route at The Meres Leisure Centre Stadium where local youngsters are being offered the chance to join him on the track.

He will then head off on his marathon visiting 19 schools along the way including St John's, Walton Girls, Huntingtower, Little Gonerby, Belton, Lane, Priory Ruskin, Gonerby Hill Foot, Barrowby and Harlaxton before ending back at the Meres.

Ben, who was badly bullied at school for years, is hoping to raise more money towards his £250,000 target, for charities Stonewall and Kidscape.

"Ben will give a talk at 9.30am explaining why he has set himself this amazing challenge and at 10am he will set off on his 247th marathon. We would also like to encourage members of the public to go along and support him as he runs day after day with no rest."

– Paul Stokes, South Kesteven District Council business manager for venues and facilities

A&E services back to normal at Grantham Hospital

The Accident and Emergency department at Grantham Hospital is now back up and running after power was restored following a fire.

All elective operations and outpatient clinics will go ahead as planned tomorrow.

I’d like to say thank you to all ULHT staff for their hard work in ensuring high quality patient care has been maintained and to the public for their patience and understanding.

– Dr Suneil Kapadia, Medical Director at ULHT.

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Grantham hospital A&E partially reopens after fire

Grantham hospital Accident and Emergency department is to reopen at 10pm this evening, after it was closed following an electrical fire last night.

But all operations and appointments for tomorrow, Thursday 21 April, have been postponed as previously announced.

The hospital says it still cannot operate a full A&E service, as four wards remain affected by the power cut. These include the coronary care and intensive care units. Patients requiring these services will be taken by ambulance to A&E departments in other hospitals.

“I’d like to thank the public for being so understanding as well as neighbouring hospitals who supported us in our efforts to keep the hospital running. Finally, I’d like to pay tribute to all the ULHT staff for their fantastic efforts in ensuring the maintenance of high quality patient care despite the restrictive effects of the fire and loss of electrical power."

– Dr Suneil Kapadia, Medical Director at ULHT

Health officials say that if patients are unsure where to go, they should call 111 for advice.

All operations and outpatients clinics postponed

All operations and outpatients clinics at Grantham Hospital are to be postponed tomorrow. The A&E department remains closed this afternoon, following a small electrical fire that has affected the power supply. The closure will be reviewed this evening.

The United Lincolnshire NHS Trust says it will be contacting all patients affected, and have apologised for the inconvenience caused.

Our Accident and Emergency department continues to be closed. This will be reviewed on Wednesday evening. To ensure patient safety, ambulances are diverting patients to other A&Es and we are asking patients who need care urgently to call 111 for advice.

ULHT staff are working hard to restore power and to return services back to normal as quickly as possible. We’d like to thank staff who have been brilliant and really pulled together to provide support in the best interest of patients. Thanks also to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and EMAS who have also helped and been very responsive.

If patients would like to talk to someone about their postponed appointment, please call PALS at Grantham on 01476 464861. PALS will be open until 8pm tonight and reopen at 7am on Thursday morning.

– Please quote Dr Suneil Kapadia, medical director, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

A and E closure: Patients needing urging care to call 111

The closure of Grantham's A and E department is to be reviewed by the the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust at 9am today. Patients who need urgent care should call 111.

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A&E unit at Grantham Hospital forced shut due to fire

The Accident and Emergency unit at Grantham Hospital has been forced shut after an electrical fire last night.

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All appointments scheduled for this morning (Wednesday) have been postponed.

The hospital says nobody was injured in the fire which was caused by a power cut.

“Due to a fire at Grantham hospital on Tuesday evening which caused a power cut, Grantham Accident & Emergency department is currently closed.

To ensure patient safety, ambulances are diverting patients to other A&Es and we are asking patients who need care urgently to call 111 for advice.

All operations and clinics scheduled for Wednesday morning have been postponed. Our staff have been working hard to keep patients safe and to return services back to normal as quickly as possible. No was injured in the fire”.

– Dr Suneil Kapadia, medical director, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
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