United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Grantham Hospital

Raft of covid service changes not being reversed

Significant changes to a range of services, including A&E, stroke and maternity, made amid the covid-19 crisis are set to remain into next year, an HSJ analysis of key projects has found.

Grantham Hospital

Hospital to be covid-free with A&E cases redirected

An acute trust is set to further downgrade an accident and emergency department as part of plans to create a covid-free hospital.

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Revealed: The trusts which will struggle most to deliver quality care in 2020

The trusts which are likely to face the fiercest struggle to deliver quality care in the immediate future have been identified through an analysis carried out exclusively for HSJ.

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‘We’ve normalised the unacceptable’, says embattled trust CEO

The chief executive of an embattled trust has told HSJ the organisation has sometimes been guilty of normalising the “unacceptable”, after regulators decided it should remain in special measures.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

CEO apologises for ‘inadequate’ A&E care

A hospital trust chief in Lincolnshire has apologised to patients after two emergency departments were given the lowest rating by inspectors for the second time in a year.

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Revealed: The trusts put on notice over risks to staff

NHS providers were given 40 official warnings because regulators believed they were failing to protect staff from violence, injury and hazardous substances in the past two years, HSJ can reveal.

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Exclusive: Trusts set to be let off £10bn debt

NHS providers that owe the government a combined £10bn would see the debts converted into a form of investment that does not have to be repaid, under plans being discussed by national leaders.

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Delayed care or missed follow-ups behind most ophthalmology claims

More than half the compensation claims in ophthalmology relate to late treatment or missed follow-ups, new data reveals.

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Trust’s ambulance crews lose 18 months waiting at hospitals

Ambulance crews in the East Midlands spent a cumulative total of almost 18 months waiting at hospitals in the region in December, despite a variety of actions to mitigate winter pressures.

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Exclusive: Most NHS computers running decade-old version of Windows

The NHS has been given another 11 months of support for a decade-old version of Microsoft Windows, while about half of its computers are still running the softfware, HSJ can reveal.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Toilet leaks force relocation of sterile unit

Repeated leaks from a toilet have forced an acute hospital to relocate a sterile unit used for the production of injectable medicines.

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Two-thirds of trusts failing to protect staff from violence

Around two-thirds of NHS providers were found to be breaking laws aimed at protecting staff from violence and aggression, when inspected by the Health and Safety Executive, information released to HSJ reveals.

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Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.

Lincolnshire: eyeing savings of £14m through redesign

‘Inadequate’ rating for A&E as trust’s attentions diverted

Emergency services at one of Lincolnshire’s largest hospitals were rated “inadequate” because staff were too busy trying to make improvements on another site.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

CQC drops prosecution of trust due to lack of evidence

The Care Quality Commission has dropped a prosecution against United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust for duty of candour breaches due to a lack of evidence.

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Special measures trust to ban GMC concern medics

A rural trust is rowing back on hiring locum doctors with General Medical Council restrictions, after a non-executive director questioned the “high number” of such staff being employed.

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Two trusts forced to close 170 beds over fire safety concerns

Two large teaching trusts have been forced to close more than 170 beds due to concerns over fire safety, while significant sections of one hospital can only remain open if hourly checks are carried out.

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A&E downgrade pushes demand onto struggling neighbour

The full extent of the increased pressure on a struggling city hospital after the downgrading of a neighbour’s emergency department has finally been revealed.

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Trusts turn to artificial intelligence to tackle staff shortage

Two East Midlands trusts are trialling the use of artificial intelligence tools to diagnose breast cancer in a bid to mitigate the national shortage of radiologists.

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NHS trusts owe government £14bn

Heavily-indebted NHS providers are bidding to restructure their loans with the Department of Health and Social Care, albeit with little prospect of them being written off.