To: Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and Jeremy Hunt

Saving Boston Hospital Children's ward

Saving Boston Hospital Children's ward

Keep Boston Pilgrim hospital Children's ward open

Why is this important?

The Children's ward at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital is under threat of temporary closure because of staff shortages. As the largest county in England, with it's population spread over a large area of mostly agricultural land it is imperative we keep this vital children's ward open. Grantham Hospital is also scheduled to close, so where are all the children going to go? This could put lives of children at risk!

Telling parents they simply have to drive further is not acceptable. Not all parents can drive, or have access to transport over long distances. What happens when the other hospital children's wards are all full? Surely this will just increase the pressure on other hospitals which are already at breaking point.

Will children be refused treatment if no beds are available? As the population is expanding why are essential services shrinking? What impact will this also have on the maternity ward, and children born requiring treatment or special care.

Lincolnshire

Reasons for signing

  • I don't mind traveling to specialist hospitals if that's what my child needs, but I think it's absolutely vital that we retain local services. As a parent I could not imagine do not want to imagine what it would be like without local services. I would worry for my child and other that may depend on these services.
  • We need a childrens ward in boston. We should have to make our children or any child suffer to get to a hospital which is going to take an hour to get to. It could be too late by then.!
  • A dilemma resulting from the government not funding and recruiting more places for students to become doctors. Plus we need to have a medical school in Lincolnshire in order to attract doctors. If not we remain a back water !

Updates

2018-05-07 17:43:24 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2018-04-26 21:17:47 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-04-26 19:11:45 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-04-26 15:16:43 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-04-26 13:34:07 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-04-26 11:54:22 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-04-26 10:15:45 +0100

10 signatures reached