April 8, 2020 3.11 pm This story is over 17 months old

Lincolnshire minor injury units close to protect public from coronavirus

Health bosses said the move came during a period of immense pressure

Minor injury units in Spalding and Gainsborough will no longer take walk-in patients due to the  coronavirus pandemic.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has confirmed it closed the unit at Johnson Community Hospital on Tuesday night and will close the John Coupland Hospital one tonight at 8pm.

A trust spokesman said: “LCHS is making these changes to ensure patients are looked after in a way that best protects members of the public during this period of immense pressure due to coronavirus.

“LCHS is working hard with other NHS healthcare providers to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to ensure NHS staff are in the right places to care for patients as best we can in these unprecedented times.”

They added that the trust would be focussing its resources on home visits and virtual consultations.

Bosses will review the situation “regularly” and will look to reopen “as soon as possible” said the spokesman.

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