Earlier this month the healthcare system across Lincolnshire launched its Healthy Conversation 2019.
This is a discussion about what, and how, we need to change to ensure that our health, and health service is fit for the future. It is a chance for everyone to learn more about our current thinking on the future of NHS services and is a way for us to get meaningful feedback from members of the public about what future services may look like.
For staff, the Healthy Conversation, which ties in closely with our own plans as part of our 2021 strategy, offers clarity on what we’d like our hospitals sites to provide for the future, and some possible options to consider as to how we might work slightly differently.
The vision for Lincoln County Hospital is for it to be ‘a modern general hospital with a focus on urgent care, complex surgery, cardiac and cancer care’. At Pilgrim our ambition is for it to be a ‘modern general hospital with a focus on emergency care and more complex surgical services’.
Grantham and District Hospital will continue to provide a range of services and the emerging option is to develop a Centre of Excellence for elective surgery run by ULHT serving the county and surrounding areas. While at County Hospital Louth will continue to operate as a centre for day-case surgery and diagnostics and provide a wide range of community hospital and care services to support local people into the future.
It is important to remember that no decisions have yet been made and you can find out more about the various site visions and other topics being discussed and join in with the Healthy Conversation by visiting the website.
Staff are encouraged to get involved as much as possible to help shape our services for the future.