‘Louth and Skegness hospital services could be merged’

Hospital services in Louth and Skegness could be merged into one building, according to worried campaigners.

Concerns have been raised by the new Fighting for Louth Hospital Group who claim Lincolnshire Health and Care are weighing up plans to combine both town’s services as part of a major shake-up of care in the county.

Councillor Julie Speed of Louth Town Council, who has organsied the group, has called on health bosses to reconsider the possible merger.

She told the BBC: “The clinical commissioning group came to the town council recently and told us of their plans or options they would prefer to say for Louth and Skegness hospitals.

“We were presented with the pitch that Skegness and Louth hospitals are both old buildings and therefore costly to maintain and that they could not afford to build a new building in both areas, so they would have to decide which one or choose a site in-between.”

Councillor Dick Edginton, Skegness town mayor, said: “Skegness needs all the medical facilities it can get, we are a growing town.

Fulll story in Lincolnshire Live, 15 March 2017