Hospital leaders praise emergency services and staff after Pilgrim fire

Kapadia Suneil
Kapadia Suneil

The accident and emergency department at Pilgrim Hospital has been fully re-opened as healthcare bosses praise the work of emergency services in dealing with a fire at the facility this morning (Friday).

Dr Suneil Kapadia, medical director at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, said: “I would like to thank all of our staff for their support and hard work to deliver safe patient care under challenging circumstances following the fire at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston this morning.

“I would like to thank our colleagues across the whole system for such a good response: Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, East Midlands Ambulance Service, our colleagues at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and Lincolnshire Police for their support today.”

Following the incident, 25 patients were evacuated from the hospital’s stroke unit on the 9th floor, who were not harmed.

Nine members of staff were treated for smoke inhalation.

The A&E department has been fully re-opened and ambulances are no longer being diverted to other hospitals.

From 6pm this evening Mr Kapadia says the trust will be fully re-opening the acute stroke service.

“We are expecting all operations to go ahead on Monday as planned and are asking those patients with planned operations to attend the hospital as normal,” he said.

“The stroke unit and day case wards have been temporarily re-located, and signage within the hospital will direct patients to them.

“Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire, which is not known at this time.”