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Home » Latest News » Interrupted Patient Care at Lincolnshire Hospitals improving following staffing shortages

Interrupted Patient Care at Lincolnshire Hospitals improving following staffing shortages

Interrupted Patient Care at Lincolnshire Hospitals improving following staffing shortages

To the relief of patients across the area United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust , the Trust responsible for the Lincoln and Pilgrim Hospitals, has stepped down from a ‘critical incident’, which threatened to impact on the care provided to patients , after an increase in staff levels.

The Trust had declared a critical incident at the beginning of January because so many staff at the hospitals were off work due to Coronavirus. At the time a leaked internal email states “we are unable to maintain safe staffing levels”, especially for stroke and cardiac patients.

Recently twice the normal number of staff were absent, with more than 300 staff absent due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Trust received support and assistance from the military to help to keep services operational.

Andrew Morgan, chief executive of the Trust, "We ask the public to help support us in managing the high demand for services. We ask people to only attend A&E with serious or life-threatening illnesses and to seek alternative support for on-going problems or minor injuries."

The impact of the current Omicron variant wave of the pandemic should be short-lived and medical services returned to normal as soon as possible before there is a lasting impact on patient care.

 A knock-on effect is that other local hospitals, e.g. Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, and healthcare services have seen a sharp rise in the numbers of patients, putting strain on their services.

 Whilst there may have been some delay to your appointment, treatment, surgery etc it should not lead to a serious consequence to your health. If you have a healthcare issue that is time-sensitive then you should let your NHS service provider know as soon as possible, to prevent avoidable harm.

https://www.ulh.nhs.uk/

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/lincolnshire-hospitals-trust-critical-incident-6433001

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-60003406