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United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust medical director Neill Hepburn apologises for distress caused to 139 families transferred out of Boston Pilgrim Hospital under 'new model'




Health bosses have apologised for the distress caused to 139 families transferred out of Boston Pilgrim Hospital under an interim children’s ward model.

Medical Director Neill Hepburn told United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust board members today (Friday) that since the new model started — which includes a new Paediatric Assessment Unit and enhanced access to accident and emergency —1,053 children had been treated. They said that for the vast majority, the new system has worked.

He said the average length of stay had reduced from 42 hours to just seven-and-a-half – the aim is to assess within 12 hours.


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