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South Holland patients to benefit from major building projects at King's Lynn and Boston hospitals

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Major building projects will be taking place at hospitals which serve South Holland patients.

Plans to more than double the size of the Pilgrim Hospital Accident and Emergency department have been submitted to Boston Borough Council.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust was given £21.3 million government funding in 2019 to fund the improvements.

An artists impression of the planned Endoscopy Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (54104693)
An artists impression of the planned Endoscopy Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (54104693)

The plans will see the cardio-respiratory, dental and support services building demolished and the existing emergency department retained and expanded into a brand new two-storey extension.

The new department will offer more training rooms for staff, have a much bigger resuscitation zone and more cubicles to treat patients in, as well as having a separate area for emergency care of young patients.

While The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, which currently has props holding up its roof, has been awarded £3million for a new eye hospital.

The hospital, which serves parts of South Holland, is also getting a new £12.5m state-of-the-art endoscopy unit.

This is part of a £20.6m programme of emergency national investment to modernise the hospital’s ageing estate and also includes a newly converted outpatient facility and refurbishing wards.The Government said that it has provided millions to the NHS to help meet the pressures of Covid.

A Department of Health spokesman said:“We have provided an extra £5.4 billion to the NHS to respond to Covid-19 over the next six months, taking our total extra Covid-19 funding to health and care services to over £34 billion this year alone. This is on top of our previous historic long-term settlement for the NHS, which will see NHS funding increase by £33.9 billion by 2023-24, which we have enshrined in law.”

MP Sir John Hayes said: “There have never been more skilled people working in the NHS than there are at present. I thank all of them for the positive difference they’re making to so many lives in coping with the pandemic.

“It’s vital that Lincolnshire gets its fair share of this unprecedented amount of government spending, and I have asked the health authority for an urgent meeting on capacity and resources”

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