Lincoln hospital’s 1960s neonatal unit in line for £2.1m upgrade

A £2.1 million modernisation of Lincoln County Hospital’s dated neonatal intensive care unit will be completed later this year.

The new unit will provide a total of 17 intensive care cots, with flexibility in the designs for an additional two spaces.

Hospital strategists have indicated that the unit would be capable of delivering a service to an estimated 6,500 births each year.

Around a third of the money for the project will come from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s capital programme for 2015-16.

The remaining two thirds will be taken from the trust’s 2016-17 capital programme.

The refurbishments are expected to be completed by the autumn, and the unit is hoped to be operational by the end of September 2016.

The modernisation of Lincoln County Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit will be completed later this year. Photo: United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

The modernisation of Lincoln County Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit will be completed later this year. Photo: United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Ward manager Rachel Wright said: “The neonatal intensive care unit is based on the sixth floor of the maternity wing was built in the 1960s.

“The unit has had very little refurbishment during this time and is in desperate need of modernisation.

“The investment of £2.1 million to modernise the unit will be of huge benefit the babies and families we care for.

“It is an extremely exciting time for us all and we look forward to returning to the newly refurbished unit once the work has been completed.”