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Lincolnshire A&E proposals announced

New proposals could mean Lincolnshire is served by one A&E unit and a network of A&E locals.

After the Keogh report said that patient safety was being compromised in the county the proposals represent an attempt to save money while ensuring patients receive the best possible care.

As well as setting up a single main A&E department to cover the whole county, the plans propose consolidating midwifery and obstetric clinics currently at Lincoln County and Boston Pilgrim on to a single site.

They would also include the construction of a "purpose built paediatric unit" in a central location such as Sleaford and children's services elsewhere in the county moving to a single facility.


Bassetlaw Hospital wins award

The Assessment and Treatment Centre (ATC) at Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop has won a national NHS award.

The ATC is led by consultant physicians who have a greater, hands-on role seeing patients and deciding how their care should be managed seven days a week.

It means that patients who arrive at Bassetlaw Hospital needing a longer assessment or treatment will receive the same high quality of care no matter what day of the week it is.

Debate on the future of the NHS

People in Leeds are being encouraged to have their say on the future of the NHS by taking part in a campaign called Call to Action.

The campaign is being led by the three clinical commissioning groups in Leeds - NHS Leeds North CCG, NHS Leeds South and East CCG and NHS Leeds West CCG.

Call to Action Leeds is part of a national debate to make sure that the NHS is ready to face the challenges of tightening budgets, an ageing population and an increase in demand for

There are a number of ways for local people to get involved including a drop in event at Leeds City Museum on Wednesday 27 November between 10:30am-12:30pm or 1:30pm- 3:30pm.


Father: 'no time' for red tape

A father from Sheffield whose son has a muscle-wasting condition fears changes to NHS funding will mean therapies for rare diseases could not be made available to him.

Mark Creswick's 5-year-old Harley suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He was just 2 when his parents first noticed their son's difficulties balancing and climbing the stairs. They're concerned that changes to NHS funding will mean Harley may never receive the high cost treatments he needs.

Father's fears over NHS funding

A father from Sheffield whose son has a muscle-wasting condition is worried that he'll never get cutting-edge treatments due to how drugs are assessed.

Mark and Harley Cresswick

Harley Cresswick has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and his dad, Mark, is worried that changes to NHS funding will mean some therapies for rare diseases are refused to him. Today, a Parliamentary report will be presented to the Health Minister about the issue, to which Mark gave evidence.

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