Stop United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust downgrading Grantham Hospital A&E Now!

I oppose plans to cement the downgrading of Grantham A&E by ULHT.

I call for the restoration of a fully supported A&E Unit at Grantham. Grantham is a key transport hub located in South West Lincolnshire on the A1. In addition to serving a local population of 65,000 people, thousands of people travel near or through Grantham daily on the A1, the A52 and on the Eastcoast Mainline railway. This area needs an A&E Unit.

Grantham Hospital had a fully operational A&E Unit, a consultant led midwifery unit and Paediatric Ward. Under United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust ULHT, services have been eroded. Paediatric overnight stays were stopped, our Maternity Unit was closed and now the new ULHT management team plan to cement the undermining of vital A&E services for good.

ULHT propose to send people with acute emergency need to Lincoln Hospital. Lincoln Hospital is struggling to cope with its existing workload. It has among the highest mortality rates in the country.

The area has poor transport and poor road links. Local people without a car or unable to drive cannot access Lincoln A & E without using an ambulance.

East Midlands Ambulance Service is struggling to cope with its workload whilst delivering a timely quality service. 

Grantham needs its own A&E Unit. Stop the cuts at Grantham now.

Research shows for every 1 km travelled there is an increased risk of patient mortality. Grantham is at least 38km (23 miles) from next nearest A&E unit. People with respiratory and allergy problems are at particular risk of delay.

Lincs Fire & Rescue First Responders support EMAS. They are facing budget cuts. 

Update #36 months ago
SOS GRANTHAM HOSPITAL NEWS FLASH! Jeremy Hunt MP Sec. for Health has referred decision by ULHT August 2016 to NHS Independent Reconfiguration Panel. SOSGH submitting evidence.
Join our 'Patients have Needs' Workshops Grantham Railway Club, Huntingtower Road 7:30pm on 28 Feb and Grantham Museum on 8 March at 10am. Contact 07398 156296 to book a slot.
The Lincs STP activity still in the pipeline. The fight goes on! Thank you!
Update #27 months ago
Thank you so much for signing the petition to Stop ULHT downgrading Grantham Hospital. Every signature counts as the Lincolnshire STP threatens our A&E services.
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Update #17 months ago
We continue to fight to retain our vital local resuscitation A&E services. Lives are at stake. We currently have 45,000 UK signatures (some collected offline) and climbing. Keep updated by liking us on Facebook today.
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