A&E closure at Grantham ‘will not’ hit Pilgrim

Pilgrim Hospital.
Pilgrim Hospital.

Closing Grantham’s A&E at night will not have an adverse knock-on effect at Pilgrim, health chiefs have said.

Due to a shortage of doctors, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs the site, has decided to only open Grantham’s A&E between 9am-6.30pm.

The trust said the temporary change is due to the fact it doesn’t have enough doctors to safely staff all three sites 24 hours a day.

Patients requiring treatment will be transferred to Boston/Lincoln or out of county.

Medical director Dr Suneil Kapadia said: “Our doctors have agreed to support our plans in the best interests of patients and work shifts in Lincoln and Pilgrim A&Es, where they are most needed,”

He added: “We don’t anticipate that there will be many patients who will be directed to or need to attend Pilgrim A&E.

“Between 6.30pm and 9am, we expect approximately 24 patients will need to seek alternative services. These will include advice from NHS 111, GP out of hours, urgent care centres and minor injury units. The majority will not require specific treatment or will be advised to see their GP. On average, six patients attend Grantham A&E overnight by ambulance.

“Looking at the postcodes of where these patients live, we expect that they will need instead to be transferred to their next nearest A&E. This will amount to roughly two patients going to Lincoln and one or two to either Nottingham or Leicester.”

The overnight closure comes into force today (Wednesday) for three months.