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South Holland readers ideas for services in Spalding area hospital

Hospital bosses have thanked residents for suggesting services they want to see at the Johnson Hospital - and will now look into offering them.

The Minor Injury Unit at the facility - in Spalding Road, Pinchbeck - opened on April 1.

Bosses instantly issued an appeal for suggestions from the South Holland public in a bid to find what else they would like to see offered there.

The entrance to Spalding's Johnson Hospital (46170113)
The entrance to Spalding's Johnson Hospital (46170113)

That prompted a string of responses from Spalding Guardian readers - and we put your ideas to the team running the hospital.

The broad ranging wish list included a dentist, mental health services, weekend blood tests, sleep clinic, ear wax treatment and chronic pain support.

Other ideas included outreach specialist appointments to avoid the need for travel - as well as family planning clinics and services for diabetics, mums, children and those with ‘hidden disabilities’ such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Bosses will now assess the list to see if any of those can be delivered by NHS partners.

Tracy Pilcher, director of nursing, allied health professionals and operations at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to respond on what services they would welcome seeing at Johnson Community Hospital in the future.

“Our team was also pleased to see so many positive and supportive comments relating to the launch of the Urgent Treatment Centre at the hospital.

“We encourage every opportunity to listen to and work with our local communities, ensuring we continue to be as responsive to local needs as possible.

“We will be exploring these suggestions to see how we can improve and develop our existing services, while also sharing them with those responsible for commissioning and planning for the future to help inform their discussions.”

The Urgent Treatment Centre is open from 8am until 6pm, seven days a week. It looks after sprains and strains, bites, stings, minor head injuries, cuts and grazes, skin complaints, vomiting, diarrhoea, colds, fevers and emergency contraception. Appointments can be made by dialling 111.

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