NHS under the microscope

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MULTI-million pound upgrades at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital and other NHS services used by Spalding people went under the microscope at the latest meeting of a patients’ watchdog.

Parents voiced continuing concern about children’s mental health services and it’s likely a representative of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be asked to attend the watchdog’s November 14 meeting.

Spalding and District Healthwatch Group lead Wendy Chew said parents had complained that the children’s mental health service gives little support and wastes time in reviewing history and personal details.

Some answers were given at Thursday’s meeting at Spalding’s Red Lion Quarter by NHS bosses responding to the group’s queries, including information packs on new developments in child and adolescent mental health services.

Guest speaker Garry Marsh, deputy director of patient services for United Lincolnshire NHS Hospitals Trust, gave an update on new developments at Pilgrim.

Among upgrades launched this year were:

l A £4.2mllion intensive care unit

l A £2.5million endoscopy unit for carrying out internal bodily examinations

l A £250,000 stroke unit

The meeting also heard a presentation about the 111 NHS information service from Lizzie Carroll-Thom.