NHS approves plan to move hospital services from Scunthorpe to Grimsby
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NHS approves plan to move hospital services from Scunthorpe to Grimsby

Photo Title, Health chiefs have approved a series of measures including transferring trauma patients from Scunthorpe to Grimsby

  • Author, David McKenna
  • Role, BBC News

Plans to transfer some services from Scunthorpe General Hospital to Grimsby have been approved.

The decision means care for trauma patients will be transferred to the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.

Some medical specialities for people with heart, lung or stomach conditions will also be relocated, with emergency surgery at night being carried out at hospitals in north Lincolnshire and Hull.

Councillor Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said it was a “serious deterioration” in the quality of services.

The NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) approved the revised plans at a meeting on Wednesday following consultation.

Once the concept is implemented, around seven patients a day are likely to be transferred from Scunthorpe to Grimsby for care, with the majority of these continuing to use the service as before, the ICB said.

“Complex Challenges”

Health bosses said the move would enable the provision of “seven-day consultant-led care” across specialist services and reduce the length of hospital stays.

Dr Nigel Wells, ICB Chief Clinical and Professional Officer, said: “The challenges facing the NHS are many and complex and we know that for many people the system is not working as well as they would like.

“Today’s decision will put hospital services such as trauma and emergency surgery at night on a much more sustainable footing and will mean seven-day consultant-led care and improved clinical outcomes for people living in north Lincolnshire.”

A proposed change to consolidate 24-hour paediatric care in Grimsby was not included in the final recommendations.

“Serious rating downgrade”

“The council, like many other local residents, strongly opposed this downgrading during the public consultation but, to be honest, we were ignored.

“I will be seeking an urgent meeting with my local NHS trust to urge them to listen to our views.”

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