Johnson Community Hospital proposed upgrade to Urgent Treatment Centre backed by Spalding Town Forum
A healthcare shake-up that could see Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital treating patients for minor head injuries and broken limbs has won strong support from town leaders.
Details of NHS England’s plan to bring urgent hospital care closer to patients were discussed at a meeting of Spalding Town Forum members on Wednesday.
The forum, made up of South Holland District Council members whose wards are in Spalding, was told about plans to introduce up to eight Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs) across Lincolnshire, including one at Johnson.
Whilst patients in South Holland would continue to get emergency hospital treatment, either at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, Peterborough City Hospital or Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, UTCs would provide medical treatment in non-life threatening cases.
John Turner, of South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Johnson Community Hospital is a fantastic resource for the local community in and around Spalding, one which is
greatly valued by patients and staff alike.
“We are committed to continuing to develop services at the hospital which is why, in March 2019, the NHS in Lincolnshire embarked on a wide-scale public engagement exercise called Healthy Conversation 2019.
“It is a discussion with the public about what and how we need to change to ensure our health, and health services, is fit for the future.
“As part of this we held a series of events, including one in Spalding two weeks ago, where the importance of Johnson Community Hospital to local people, and the role it plays in the community, came across clearly.
“The Healthy Conversation 2019 will continue until this autumn as it gives us the opportunity to listen to views and concerns. We would encourage anyone who has not been able to attend one of the recent events to visit the Healthy Conversation 2019 website, https://www.lincolnshire.nhs.uk/healthy-conversation/get-involved”
Coun Jack McLean, district councillor for Spalding St John’s ward who was re-elected as forum chairman during Wednesday’s meeting, said: “We can look for some consensus on what we want to see from NHS England, but a good place to start is for us to give broad approval to its plans.”
The plans have also been backed by South Holland and the Deepings MP, Sir John Hayes who said: "I do want the upgrade of our Minor Injuries Unit at Johnson Community Hospital because I want NHS England to take advantage of the facilities we have here.
"Whilst it would not be an accident and emergency department as the one at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, it would be a welcome addition to the existing hospital facilities for the residents of Spalding."