The trust in charge of Lincolnshire’s hospitals has been handed nearly £1 million in government money to relieve pressure on emergency departments ahead of next winter.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust will use the money to set up GP streaming services in front of the A&E departments at Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
These services aim to free up the A&E departments to deal with emergencies more quickly and effectively.
Work will start on developing the new facilities in the coming weeks.
Chief operating officer for ULHT Mark Brassington said: “We are delighted that Lincolnshire’s bid for this funding has been successful.
“This will allow us to create a new streaming service at our two busiest A&E departments, which should really help to relieve pressure on those departments.
“With these new services, we will be able to direct patients when they arrive in A&E, with a clinician assessing their needs and deciding where they can receive the most appropriate care.
“We hope that this development will help us to see and treat patients more quickly and ensure that everyone is getting the right level of care that they require.”
Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman added: “There is increased pressure on our hospitals, especially once the weather starts to turn colder.
“This funding is very welcome for our local hospitals in Lincolnshire, including Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, and will help them to prepare well in advance for winter.”