‘Save our hospital’: Plea to join campaign at meeting in Skegness tonight

Geoff Poulter outside Skegness Hospital. ANL-171003-180509001
Geoff Poulter outside Skegness Hospital. ANL-171003-180509001
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A campaign is growing to secure the future of Skegness hospital.

Residents are being called on to attend a meeting of Skegness Hospital Watch tonight over fears the future of local healthcare is under threat.

We need to fight as never before to save our health services and to save Skegness Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre

Fiona Brown, Skegness Hospital Watch

Fiona Brown, a member of Hospital Watch, said: “Our much-loved and much-needed hospital has been downgraded over recent years, losing its A & E Department and now the Urgent Care Centre is under threat.

“The ‘little known’ Sustainable Transformation Plan (STP) proposals point to either Louth or Skegness losing their Urgent Care Centres.

“With the increase in our local population and our fourfold increase during the tourist season, we are presented with an ever poorer infrastructure, growing ambulance response times and community nurses and GPs working flat out to provide primary care.

“The STP’s presents some alarming proposals and could see the loss of maternity unit at Boston, loss of our excellent stroke unit at Boston and also the threat to Urgent Care Centres at Skegness. We need to fight as never before to save our health services and to save Skegness Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre.”

Chairman of Hospital Watch, Eddie Gasson says; “Please join Hospital Watch and help save our hospital.”

Nurses from Skegness and District General Hospital will also be present to thank members for their support by raising money for equipment.

Hospital Watch member Geoff Poulter said they will also be outlining what they need for the new addition to the Scarbrough Ward at the hospital.

Mr Poulter, who is moving away from the town, has pledged his continuing support for the hospital. He said: “I want people to know that even though I am moving I will carry on supporting the hospital.”

The meeting takes place at the County Hotel in Drummond Road on tonight (Thursday) at 7pm and new members are welcome.