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Grantham hospital biopsy service brought back to cut waiting times

Cancer patients will no longer be forced to travel for treatment

Patients in Lincolnshire now have better access to cancer services after they were reintroduced at Grantham and District hospital.

After a pilot day of the CT biopsy service was run at the hospital, there will be a full rollout of the service from Monday, September 3.

The service is particularly important for those suffering from cancer in Grantham, as they will no longer have to travel to other hospitals in the county.

It means that the hospital will be increasing the number of biopsies by 50% and reduce waiting times for Lincolnshire patients.

For lung biopsies, the hospital are aiming for below ten days from the point of referral to the procedure.

Kelly Hammerton, sister for radiology, said: “The reintroduction of this service will mean so much to local people. I’m very proud and excited to be part of this and the difference it makes.

“Not having to travel will make a massive difference for patients and their families.”

Radiology operational manager, Nigel Allen, added: “The CT lung biopsy service at Grantham will also provide additional capacity to improve the cancer pathway for patients throughout the Trust by reducing waiting times.”