The way ENT (ear, nose and throat) and urology services are provided by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) is set to change.
At its July board meeting the Trust decided to consolidate services to ensure it continues to offer safe and effective care.
From September, all inpatient ENT services will be provided from Grimsby hospital (adult and paediatric, elective and non-elective). A 24-hour, seven day a week emergency urology service will now be provided at Scunthorpe General Hospital.
Services are currently offered at both sites but interim chief executive Richard Sunley said difficulties in recruiting consultants meant offering services at both hospitals wasn’t currently sustainable.
Richard said: “Despite our continuous and focused efforts to recruit to vacant posts and to work with other acute trusts, both these services have experienced staffing shortages, particularly at consultant level.”
“We are aware that both services are set to lose more capacity in September and our clinicians are telling us that we need to reconfigure these services to make sure they can continue to operate safely and effectively.”
Outpatient services will continue to be provided from all three hospital sites (Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole).
Richard added: “The board has today agreed to take action to ensure safe services are maintained. These are temporary moves, recommended by clinicians and based on safety grounds. We will be reviewing the moves in the coming months and will be seeking input from our patients, public and our key partners and stakeholders.”
Find out more about the changes and opportunities to get involved in planning for the future of these services here.