Council leader responds to downgrade of Scunthorpe General Hospital

People, Health and Care
14:43, Wednesday, 10th July 2024

NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB have today (10 July) agreed to changes that will mean some patients will have to travel to Grimsby rather than being treated in Scunthorpe.

The decision means the care of trauma patients will be moved to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, together with some medical specialities for people with heart, lung or stomach conditions who require a longer stay in hospital.

Also, some overnight emergency surgery will be taking place at different hospitals across northern Lincolnshire and Hull.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “These cuts to hospital services means a serious downgrade to Scunthorpe General Hospital with longer journeys for local residents and their loved ones.

“The council, along with many other local residents, fought hard against this downgrade during the consultation process and we have frankly been ignored.

“I will be seeking an urgent meeting with the local NHS to call for them to listen to our views.”