Residents and councillors have voiced their concerns over plans to relocate essential stroke services from Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby to Scunthorpe General Hospital.
The two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) representing North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire have proposed to consolidate hyper-acute stroke services to a 24-hour unit in Scunthorpe, which was brought in as a temporary measure in November 2013 following a recommendation from the Keogh Review.
The issue was raised during the public forum before the Town Council meeting last Tuesday by Louth resident Ros Jackson, who said: “If you have a stroke in Louth, that’s a 40 mile journey, and if you factor in the time it takes for the ambulance to come then that’s at least one hour and twenty minutes.
“This consultation is going on, and it is quite urgent if you want to comment because the consultation finishes on September 26.”
Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders added her concern, and said: “We have also got to consider that if an ambulance goes and takes somebody, then that ambulance is going to be out of circulation in this area for probably three or three-and-a-half hours.
“It’s going to have huge ramifications, and the chances of surviving a stroke around here are not wonderful at the best of times.”
•Visit www.healthy liveshealthyfutures.nhs.uk before Friday September 26 to have your say on the proposals.