On Tuesday 1 November, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Board recommended Grantham A&E remains open from 9am to 6.30pm. This decision will need to be approved by NHS Improvement on 11 November and ULHT will review this decision monthly.
In August, ULHT changed the opening hours at Grantham A&E due to severe shortage in emergency medicine doctors at Lincoln and Boston hospitals at a time when demand for services increased. With effect from Wednesday 17 August Grantham A&E has been open from 9am to 6.30pm 7 days a week.
After 6.30pm, people visiting friends and family in the hospital should 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.
During the hours of 6.30pm to 9am, if it's not a 999 emergency, but someone needs medical help fast, they should call NHS 111. NHS 111 will assess their symptoms and immediately direct them to the best medical care.