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Lincoln Hospital apologises over appendicitis case

Lincoln County Hospital has apologised for its standard of care after a woman was sent home with a life-threatening condition, only to be sent back to the hospital the next day by her GP - when she had to have a five-hour life-saving operation.

Kirsty Skinner, 28, from Heckington, near Sleaford, had appendicitis and says she feared she would die. She has called for an overhaul of policies and procedures - and hospital managers have now said her concerns have helped improve care for patients.

"The Trust has been in contact with Miss Skinner regarding her experiences at Lincoln County Hospital, and in a detailed response to her concerns we issued Miss Skinner with an apology about the standard of care she received. As a Trust we take the dignity of our patients very seriously and continually strive to improve this. The issues that Miss Skinner raised have been valuable in identifying areas for further improvement."

– Statement, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Lincolnshire woman calls for hospital improvements

Kirsty Skinner Credit: ITV Calendar

Kirsty Skinner from Heckington, near Sleaford, says she feared she would die when she was sent home from Lincoln County Hospital, only to be sent back by her GP the next day when she then required a five hour operation for appendicitis.

She has complained to the hospital, asking managers to review their policies and procedures. The hospital has apologised and says it "takes the dignity of its patients very seriously and continually strives to improve this."

Ms Skinner, who has an 11-year-old daughter, says her long recovery, since last August, has turned her life upside down - and she still requires further surgery for a hernia.

Lincolnshire woman criticises hospital care

A woman from Lincolnshire says she could have died because a hospital sent her away when she had a life-threatening condition. Kirsty Skinner was discharged by Lincoln County Hospital after arriving by ambulance. When her GP sent her back the next day doctors found she had appendicitis.

The 28-year-old from Heckington, near Sleaford, needed a five-hour life-saving operation. Nine months on, she is still recovering and requires further surgery for a hernia. The Hospital has apologised and says Ms Skinner's complaints "have been valuable in identifying areas for further improvement."

But the barmaid, says her long recovery meant she had to give up her job as a part time carer, and could not afford the rent on her former home.

" I really had told myself I was going to die. I was scared I was going to leave my daughter without her mum. She's 11 years-old - and I really had told myself I wasn't leaving that hospital unless it was in a box."

– Kirsty Skinner

Family fundraiser to say thanks to hospital

The family of premature twins who overcame complex medical problems to survive are holding a charity event to raise money for the Neonatal Ward at Lincoln County Hospital. The twins, Freddie and Archie, were born there last August. They weighed less than a kilo and needed months of intensive care.

Ema Fletcher, the twins' Auntie, decided to organise a charity event as Freddie and Archie are now a year old and are doing well. It will take place at the Monson Arms, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln. The event runs from 2pm to midnight and includes live bands, a bouncy castle and face painting.

“We are delighted to be able to raise money for such a worthy cause. All the doctors and nurses do such a wonderful job and it’s lovely to be able to give something back.

– Ema Fletcher, Auntie

Money raised at the event will be divided between Lincoln County Hospital, Nottingham City Hospital and Queens Medical Centre Nottingham where the twins were also treated.

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