Accident and emergency A&E

Lincoln, Boston and Grantham hospitals are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please ask yourself if it is a genuine accident or emergency before attending.

We ask people to only attend A&E with serious or life threatening illnesses, such as heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems, or serious accidents. Those who attend with minor conditions will still be treated, but potentially will have long waits.

In an emergency

We provide 24 hour A&E departments at Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital, Boston. These departments support the treatment of patients presenting with minor, major and traumatic injuries. Serious traumatic injury patients receive stabilisation therapy, before transfer to the major trauma centre in Nottingham at Queens Medical Centre. In combination with our community service partners some attendees may be seen by a GP if assessed as appropriate.

We also have a 24 hour Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at Grantham and District Hospital. The UTC is open seven days per week, offering an extensive range of assessment and treatment that meets the needs of the local population, including diagnostic capabilities and a variety of skilled staff compared to other UTCs in the county

It is our aim that all patients who attend our A&Es and UTCs are triaged (assessed and prioritised) by an experienced nurse or doctor on their arrival, ensuring those patients with urgent physical or psychological needs receive appropriate intervention without undue delay.

For disabled access information about Lincoln County Hospital A&E department please see our AccessAble accessibility guide.

For disabled access information about Pilgrim Hospital, Boston A&E department please see our AccessAble accessibility guide.

For disabled access information about Grantham UTC department, please see our AccessAble accessibility guide.

Alternatives to accident and emergency A&E

Many illnesses can be better treated by visiting your local pharmacy, calling 111, visiting your local GP, or GP out of hours services.

Visit the NHS website for more information on non-emergency healthcare services available as well as a list of pharmacies and opening hours.


Your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without you having to go to your GP or other healthcare setting.

NHS 111

NHS 111 is a service which makes it easier for you to access NHS services. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and is free when you telephone 111. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but is not a 999 emergency.

GP out of hours service

If you need a doctor out of normal hours, dial NHS 111 to contact the GP out of hours service.

Same day emergency care

Same day emergency care leaflet

Urgent Treatment Centres

  • Skegness Hospital, Dorothy Avenue, Skegness, Lincolnshire PE25 2BS
    Tel: 01754 613504
    Open: 24 hours, seven days a week (including Christmas Day and Bank Holidays)
  • County Hospital, High Holme Road, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 0EU
    Tel: 01507 600100 ext 1223
    Open: 24 hours, seven days a week (including Christmas Day and Bank Holidays)
  • John Coupland Hospital, Ropery Road, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 2TJ.
    Tel: 01427 816 502,
    Open seven days: 8am – 8pm
  • Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, PE11 3DT
    Tel: 01775 652000, open seven days: 8am – 8pm
  • Lincoln County Hospital, Greetwell Road, Lincoln, LN2 5QY
  • Pilgrim Hospital Boston, Sibsey Road, Boston, PE21 9QS
  • Grantham and District Hospital, Manthorpe Road, Grantham, NG31 8DG

For more information about these services including opening times please visit the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust website.