Grantham A&E opening hours
By chattertons, Aug 18 2016 08:59AM
If you have suffered an injury in Grantham or surrounding area after 6.30pm and urgently need to attend accident and emergency, then think again as the A&E department at Grantham Hospital has started a temporary change to their opening hours.
The statement from United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust reads:
From Wednesday 17 August, Grantham A&E will be open from 9am to 6.30 pm, seven days a week for three months.
We do not have enough doctors to safely staff all three of our A&Es 24 hours a day, seven days week.
Reducing the opening hours of Grantham A&E will help maintain safe services across Lincolnshire as we can move doctors from Grantham to Lincoln and Pilgrim A&Es – our busiest A&Es.
The A&E doors will close at 6:30pm and will be reopened at 9am. After 6.30pm, people visiting friends and family in hospital are being asked to use the entrance in the tower block. The service between 9am and 6.30pm will not change and will continue to see patients with minor injuries and illnesses.
Grantham A&E is already classed as a level three department, which means ambulances with seriously ill patients such as heart attacks, multiple trauma from road traffic accidents, suspected strokes or paediatric emergencies bypass Grantham hospital to get the right care first time.
It is understood that Grantham Hospital has made arrangements with East Midlands Ambulance Service for emergency assessments out of hours, however the reduction of hours may put people at serious risk due to the removal of the A&E service after 6.30pm.
Anyone needing A&E should not compromise their own health and should call for an ambulance. If your health has been affected due to the closure of the A&E department then you should consult a specialist medical negligence solicitor in Grantham to discuss the merit of your claim and recover the appropriate amount of compensation.