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Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has cancelled outpatient appointments with immediate effect.
LCHS is working hard with other NHS healthcare providers to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to protect our patients and staff from becoming seriously ill.
Therefore, we have decided to suspend all non-urgent outpatient appointments. We are asking patients not to attend outpatient appointments unless we have contacted you directly. The Trust is conducting some outpatient appointments by telephone or video calling and we will contact these patients individually.
Appointments will be rearranged in the future when it is safe to do so.
Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.
Community Hospital visiting changes from July 1
From Wednesday July 1, family and friends will be able to visit their loved ones in hospital by making an appointment.
To make an appointment, please contact the ward clerk at the relevant Community Hospital:
- County Hospital, Louth – please call Carlton Ward on 01507 600 100 ext 1345 or 1311
- John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough – please call 01427 816500
- Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding – please call 01775 652 000 and ask for the Welland Ward clerk
- Skegness Hospital – please call 01754 762401 and ask for the Gloucester Ward or Scarborough Ward clerk.
To help minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus, visitors are reminded to:
- wash their hands on arrival to the hospital entrance using hand sanitiser provided
- follow all temporary floor markings to safely guide them around the hospital site
- remain behind any screens to protect patients and visitors
- follow social distancing guidelines to maintain at least 2 metres between them and patients, visitors and nursing staff
- remove their face covering on leaving the hospital and dispose of it safely using the bins provided.
There are two in-patient wards at Skegness Hospital. A 24 bed unit on Gloucester Ward and a 15 bed unit on Scarbrough Ward which includes three palliative care beds (for the relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness).
The hospital supports patients back into the community, and their homes, by working closely with other services. If more specialist care is needed, the hospital staff have an arrangement to transfer patients into more acute care with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
All health care and social service professionals can admit patients to the wards. There is also a self-referral system on Scarbrough Ward for patients who need specialist care at nearing the end of life.
The ward staff work hard to maintain a close working relationship with community colleagues, carers, patient friends and all those involved in caring for the patient.
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