Join in the 'Healthy Conversation'
Don't miss this chance to have your say
The NHS has today launched a programme of public engagement as part of a review of local health services.
Its "Healthy Conversation" project is aimed at giving everyone a chance to comment on the future for health services in the area.
Options for acute services at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital include: Stroke patients going to Lincoln or Peterborough; first outpatient breast appointments at Lincoln or Grantham with follow-up and mammography remaining at Boston; trauma and orthopaedic complex cases to Grantham; women and children's services - a consultant-led obstetric service with the adoption of co-located midwife-led unit, specialist care baby unit for babies born from 32 weeks, a short-stay paediatric assessment ward for children needing up to 23 hours of care, low acuity paediatric in-patient beds overnight and paediatric day case surgery at Pilgrim; accident and emergency - no change and a new urgent treatment centre at Pilgrim. This is the preferred option, but there is also a second option - to have consultant obstetric, neonatal and paediatric services at Lincoln and a midwife-led unit and short-stay paediatric assessment ward at Pilgrim.
Cllr Michael Cooper, Leader of Boston Borough Council, said: "It is vital that we have the best possible health services available to Boston and the borough, and there is now opportunity for everyone to speak up in support of this. The Healthy Conversation project launched by the NHS today gives everyone this chance. A series of public engagement and awareness events are also being planned.
The council's health task and finish group has met with representatives of the SOS Pilgrim Hospital group and this will continue to be at the top of the agenda.
The council will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for Boston and the borough."
The public engagement event in Boston will take place at the Len Medlock Centre from 2pm to 7pm on Wednesday, March 13.
"This will be an open engagement exercise which will shape how we take health and the health service forward in Lincolnshire in the years ahead, and we will welcome wide involvement in it, " said a spokesman for Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.
The online report states: "We have been meeting on a regular basis over the last year to consider evidence and best practice in health care, not just from this country but from around the world. Employing this strong clinical evidence base, combined with our knowledge of our own health system, and the valuable feedback we have from patients, staff and colleagues, we are recommending a series of changes to the way we deliver care to you... Our priority is to increase the breadth and depth of care you can access outside of hospital. Going to hospital will be only happen when there is a real need to do so... We recommend all of these changes to our public and patients."
It says that without change in the way we use and structure our NHS, our services cannot improve and could be at risk for future generations and that decisions need to be made which won't please everyone.
And it says the NHS in Lincolnshire has been reviewing how some of our hospital services could be better organised in the future to provide improved quality of care and outcomes for patients and address staffing difficulties
The report stresses that nothing has been decided, this is simply an open conversation about what's important to you and these conversations will help shape the options for a full public consultation, without which no permanent changes can be made to services.
Feedback is also welcome in writing and by email.
You can read the full details at https://www.lincolnshire.nhs.uk/healthy-conversation
You can complete an online survey at www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do
You can also email your views to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01205 820892.