Hospital’s out of hours fail

Health campaigners have expressed disappointment at Skegness Hospital’s failure to provide the out of hours service which was ‘promised’ as part of its rebranding as an urgent care centre.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services was supposed to have introduced the new service earlier this month to enable patients to see GPs out of normal surgery hours instead of travelling to Boston Pilgrim.

Skegness Hospital Watch’s Geoff Poulter initially feared the rebranding exercise would result in a downgrading of services and was therefore disappointed to learn that what should have been a positive aspect of the change had as yet failed to occur.

Speaking at the group’s latest meeting he said: “What they promised was going to be better is not going to be better.

“If I was in charge of that department I would be livid.”

Head of clinical services at Skegness Hospital, Michelle Webb, explained to Mr Poulter and his fellow members that there were currently too few doctors to cover the out of hours system, although they were working to find additional cover.

She said: “There’s been some slippage on out of hours and we are working with contractors to provide the service. Hopefully it will start very quickly when they are ready.”