Accident and emergency A&E

Lincoln, Boston hospitals are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Grantham A&E is open 8am-6.30pm, seven days a week. Please ask yourself if it is a genuine accident or emergency before attending.

In an emergency

Accident and emergency A&E departments provide 24-hour emergency services. We provide 24 hour A&E departments at Lincoln County Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital, Boston and A&E at Grantham and District Hospital from 8am-6.30pm. Each year there are more than 140,000 attendances at our three accident and emergency departments.

Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital A&E 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.

Grantham and District Hospital A&E department supports patients with minor and major injuries from 8am-6.30pm. It takes medical emergencies but not surgical emergencies. Patients with suspected cardiac arrests, strokes, abdominal pain and all paediatric cases ago to neighbouring A&Es. In many cases they are taken straight to the appropriate hospital by the ambulance service. Our departments provide an assessment service for people with serious injuries or serious illness requiring immediate treatment.

It is our aim that all patients who attend A&E 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.

A&E attendances – February 2016 – December 2016

Alternatives to accident and emergency A&E

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.

Many illnesses can be better treated by visiting your local pharmacy, calling 111, visiting your local GP, or GP out of hours services, or attending a walk in centre or a minor injuries unit.

More information on non-emergency healthcare services is 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.

Walk-in centres

Lincoln Walk-in Centre
63 Monks Road
Lincoln LN2 5HP

The centre offers a range of services including nurse-led minor illness and sexual-health service including emergency contraception. Patients do not have to be registered at the centre and can walk in or book an appointment on 01522 528153.

Grantham Enhanced Out of Hours Service

Kingfisher Suite, Grantham and District Hospital, Grantham NH31 8DG

For booked appointments with the traditional GP Out of Hours Service, dial NHS 111 6.30pm-8am on weekdays or 24hours a day at weekends and Bank Holidays.

For injuries only (cuts, minor burns, sprains and suspected fractures, bites and stings), walk in without an appointment 6.30pm-11.30pm seven days a week.

Minor injury units

Sleaford Medical Group, 47 Boston Road, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7HD
Tel: 01529 419100 opening times 8am – 8pm weekdays, 8am – 6pm weekends

The City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6DB.
Tel: 01733 293800 opening times 8am-8pm

Stamford Hospital, Ryhall Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire,PE9 1UA
Tel: 01780 764151 open 9am- 5pm

Newark minor injury unit and urgent care centre

Newark Hospital, Boundary Road , Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 4DE

Tel: 01636 681681 opening times

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 – 6pm

Urgent Care Centres

Sleaford Medical Group, 47 Boston Road, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7HD
Tel: 01529 419100 opening times 6.30pm – 8pm weekdays, 8am – 6pm weekends

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)

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