Grantham Enhanced Primary Care Out of Hours Service Available

Patients in Grantham needing urgent treatment for minor injuries will be able to access care through an Enchanced Primary Care Out of Hours Service from tonight (Monday, September 19). 

The service, run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), will run from 6.30pm to 11.30pm, seven days a week, while reduced opening hours remain in effect at Grantham Hospital's A&E department.

The Enhanced Primary Care Out of Hours Service will be based in the Kingfisher Suite at Grantham Hospital and patients will be able to access care for their injury without an appointment. The existing Out of Hours Service will continue to operate as normal for patients with minor illnesses, with appointments accessed via 111 from 6.30pm until 8am.

The Enhanced Primary Care Out of Hours Service can treat patients without an appointment for:

  • cuts, grazes and lacerations (but not very deep cuts that will not stop bleeding)
  • minor scalds and burns 
  • strains, sprains and suspected fractures 
  • bites and stings 

The service can not help patients with:

  • head injuries with loss of consciousness
  • road traffic injuries 
  • overdoes of drugs or drinking of chemicals 
  • severe allergic reactions 
  • impacted foreign bodies 
  • doctor's certificates 
  • repeat prescriptions 

LCHS provides a number of urgent care services in Lincolnshire, including the countywide Primary Care Out of Hours Service, minor injury units in Spalding and Gainsborough, urgent care centres in Louth and Skegness and Lincoln Walk In Centre. The trust also runs the Minor Illness and Injury Unit in Peterborough. 

Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive of LCHS, said: "We have been working closely with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Lincolnshire County Council and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) to explore what we could do further to provide services for patients in Grantham during the evenings. 

"LCHS already provides a wide range of urgent care services in Lincolnshire, including the existing countywide Out of Hours service. This enhanced service will be able to treat patients for minor injuries without an appointment but does not replace the A&E department at Grantham Hospital."

"If anyone is unsure about which service they should access and it is not a 999 emergency, but someone needs medical help fast, they should call 111."