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A hospital treating South Holland patients gets £21.3million to boost A&E - and a visit from Prime Minister Boris Johnson




Boston's Pilgrim Hospital will get £21.3million to boost emergency care and Prime Minister Boris Johnson celebrated with staff and patients yesterday.

The PM was joined by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock, whose grandmother worked at the hospital.

They heard how the money will help with a move towards defined urgent and emergency 'care zones' in a bid to improve patient wait times and the flow of patients in and out of the department.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking to Pilgrim staff on Monday after millions were awarded to the hospital
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking to Pilgrim staff on Monday after millions were awarded to the hospital

The investment was announced by the Department of Health as part of a capital funding increase for hospitals across the country.

Matt Hancock said: "Today we are announcing funding for a new expanded A&E facility at the Pilgrim Hospital.

"My grandmother worked at Pilgrim on night shifts all of her working life as a nurse and it is fantastic to be able to put £20million extra into making sure the A&E in Boston is the best it can possibly be to improve patient flow and to reduce waiting times."

Bedside manner ... Prime Minister Boris Johnson chats to a Pilgrim patient during yesterday's visit
Bedside manner ... Prime Minister Boris Johnson chats to a Pilgrim patient during yesterday's visit

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Andrew Morgan said: "We are delighted that Pilgrim Hospital has been awarded this new funding.

"We are continuously working to improve our busy emergency departments and this investment will allow us to make changes we've not previously been able to, in turn relieving pressure across our hospital site.

"These improvements to the department mean we will be able to direct patients when they arrive, so they can receive the most appropriate care.

"We hope that this development will help us to see and treat patients more quickly and ensure that everyone is getting the right level of care that they require."

The Prime Minister finds out about the blue light ambulance service during his visit to Pilgrim
The Prime Minister finds out about the blue light ambulance service during his visit to Pilgrim

Pilgrim is one of the three district hospital used by South Holland patients.

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