Building work costing almost £600,000 is being carried out to improve Lincoln County Hospital’s outpatients department.
The first phase of the revamp is the creation of a central reception area for many of the clinics near the main outpatient entrance.
This will be followed by improvements to clinical areas including the upgrade of treatment rooms to improve access for disabled patients, particularly people in wheelchairs.
Signs guiding people around the outpatient area will be improved along with installation of more effective and efficient lighting.
The total cost of the work will be £580,000
There will be some disruption as we will continue to run each and every clinic while the upgrade takes place. Some clinics will move to other parts of the hospital during the building programme and information about the nearest car parks and the best entrance to use will be included in appointment letters so it is important that patients look out for possible changes.
The Magna Carta that is kept at Lincoln Cathedral will be brought together with the three other remaining copies for the first time ever.
All four will be exhibited at the British Library in London, marking the 800th anniversary of the documents' signing.
Protestors fighting proposed cuts to Lincolnshire's fire service have marched through Lincoln city centre.
They are hoping to get 3000 signatures on a petition to allow them to speak at a council meeting to oppose the changes. James Webster reports.
Protestors have been gathering in Lincoln to show their opposition to proposed cuts to the fire service.
The Defend Our Fire Services march started at St Martin's Square at the top of the High Street and was aimed at increasing public awareness to the effect cuts would have to response time and coverage by the service.
Campaigners in Lincoln are to march this weekend in protest to cuts which could be made to fire services in the county.
The Defend Our Fire Services march will start at St Martin's Square at the top of the High Street on Saturday 31 January from 11.30am.
Our campaign seeks to increase public awareness of how the proposed cuts to our Fire and Rescue services will impact on response times and coverage. The service has already experienced a significant reduction to its funding and consequently a further £1.23 million of cuts will have devastating affects for both fire fighters and the public. The campaign has developed real momentum so far and over 1000 people have already signed our petition. However, we still need many more signatures and we're calling on everyone who values their local fire services to march with us on Saturday.
The Fire Brigade Union in Lincolnshire have praised the campaign saying it shows the strength of community support for the fire service:
We thank all members of the public who have thrown themselves into this campaign. It shows how strongly the local community feels about cuts to their fire service.
The chief fire officer for Lincolnshire has argued that the proposals will enable the service to save money without reducing the service:
Obviously any reduction to the fire service is regrettable; however, we are confident that the proposals being consulted on allow us to achieve the required savings while having the least impact on the overall level of service provided. Since 2010, we have increased the number of fire engines crewed by whole-time firefighters on a 24 hour basis from two to nine, and on average our on-call firefighters across the county train for an extra hour each week. During this time there has been no reduction in the number of fire engines or fire stations and we have been able to make significant investments in new appliances and equipment, to allow our firefighters to continue to deliver a first class fire and rescue service for Lincolnshire.
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A memorial service has been held earlier in memory of a nine year old schoolboy in Lincoln who died two days before Christmas. The service took place at a church in the city centre. A book of condolence, which was opened yesterday, has also now been closed. Kate Hemingway reports:
The family of a nine-year-old schoolboy who died two days before Christmas say they have been overwhelmed with tributes and messages of support.
Alex Robinson was found at a property on Pennell Street on December 23rd and died later in hospital. His 64-year-old grandfather Stewart Greene has been charged with his murder .
Yesterday hundreds of people queued to sign a book of condolence in the 9 year old's memory. His family said they would like to offer their 'heartfelt thanks' to everyone who has contributed to the book, or who has offered kind words during this tragic time. As they try to come to terms with the loss of Alex.
A memorial will be held this lunchtime for the 9 year old Lincoln schoolboy Alex Robinson, who died two days before Christmas
The Reverend at St Peter-at-Gowts Church in the city said he is only expecting a small number of close relatives to attend today's service.
Yesterday hundreds of people queued to sign a book of condolence in the 9 year old's memory. The book itself will be closed today.
Alex was found at a property on Pennell Street on December 23rd and died later in hospital. His 64-year-old grandfather Stewart Greene has been charged with his murder and is due back in court in April.