Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

Non-emergency outpatient appointments at hospitals suspended as number of COVID-19 cases rise

The trust that runs a number of Lincolnshire hospitals, including Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, has suspended all non-emergency outpatient appointments.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which also runs County Hospital in Lincoln and hospitals in Grantham and Louth, say it’s to protect patients and staff amid the coronavius crisis.

A ULHT spokesman. said: “United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is working hard to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to protect our patients and staff from becoming seriously ill.

“We have, therefore, made the difficult decision to suspend all non-urgent outpatient appointments.

“We are asking patients to not attend your outpatient appointment unless we have contacted you directly.

“The Trust is conducting some outpatient appointments by telephone or video calling too, and we have contacted these patients individually.

“Appointments will be rearranged for a future date at a time when it is safe to do so.

“We thank you for your patience at this difficult time.”

Public Health England said today that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Lincolnshire has risen to 153.

Nationally, out of 33,718 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,921 have died.

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