Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn dropped by Lincoln County Hospital on Thursday and stopped to talk to staff and patients in our new £2.1 million neonatal intensive care unit, the Lincolnshire Heart Centre and also A&E.
Lincoln MP Karen Lee, who still works as a bank nurse at ULHT, invited the leader of the opposition to visit the hospital as she wanted to show him our great staff and services.
Karen said: “I wanted Jeremy to come and have a real insight into what is happening in the NHS. I wanted to show him my hospital and introduce him to my colleagues and friends so he can see for himself that despite all of the pressures we are facing that they are doing an amazing job.”
Jeremy started his tour on the 6th floor of the maternity block in the new neonatal intensive care. He spent some time talking to staff and families. One new mum said: “It was lovely to see someone as busy as him taking the time to come and visit and listen to our experiences. I praised the staff and everyone I have met at the hospital. I couldn’t have asked for better care.”
Next on the agenda was a tour of A&E and a chat with Consultant Meg Kelly and the team about the pressures they have experienced this winter. She said: “He spent some time with the team and thanked us personally for all of our hard work. I think he understands the challenges we are facing.”
While at the Lincolnshire Heart Centre he heard how despite the rural nature of Lincolnshire, the team are still managing to exceed all national targets and are saving thousands of lives every year.
Jeremy said: “The NHS is the most precious thing we have got in this country. Let’s do it properly and give it the resources it needs.”
Jan said: “It was nice to welcome Jeremy to Lincoln County and for him to hear from our patients’ first-hand how great our caring staff are. I know staff appreciated his visit. I talked to Jeremy about some of the challenges we face but despite these we cope well and have good partnership working. He told me he got a good vibe from the hospital and staff were friendly.”