By Local Democracy Reporter

Nearly 150 new spaces have been created at Scunthorpe hospital’s new car park.

The decked car park is open from today, September 27, outside the renal unit.

It offers 91 spaces for the public on the ground floor and 58 spaces for staff on the upper floors.

Four electric vehicle charging points will soon be added to the ground floor.

The creation means that the hospital won’t lose any parking spaces overall as the new emergency department is constructed.

The car park is accessed through the one-way system on Cliff Gardens.

Director of Estates and Facilities, Jug Johal said: “The opening of this car park is a landmark point in the work to build bespoke new facilities and improve on the existing facilities at Scunthorpe.

“Having this in place means that we won’t lose any parking provision on the site as a result of building our new Emergency Department.

“This is something that was really important to us, as we know how important it is to you to be able to park nearby if you’re coming in for treatment or to visit someone – especially if you have mobility issues.”

He added: “We’re not just here to treat you when you’re ill. We also want to contribute to providing a more healthy environment for our staff and surrounding community.

“As part of this, we’re in the process of installing four electric vehicle charging points on the ground floor, which are in addition to those we already have in place for our fleet of trust pool cars.

“However, it went further than this, down to little details which may seem small but can make a real long-term difference.

“For example, when considering which species of plants to use in the landscaping around the car park we selected those which are recommended for boosting the population of pollinating insects.”

Construction will soon begin on the new emergency department.

A small number of parking spaces outside of the current one will be closed as final preparations are made.

The hospital says this will be done in stages in order to minimise disruption.

A father from Lincolnshire who lived with brain cancer for six years and defied all doctor expectations to survive, now plans to perform another miracle as he prepares to run the London Marathon.

Ian Davison, 48, from Market Deeping, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and after 15 years of treatment and consistently defying the odds of survival, he is now looking to conquer yet another incredible feat.

He will be running the London Marathon on October 3 to raise money for the event’s official charity of the year, Macmillan Cancer Support. You can donate to his fundraiser here.

Ian’s cancer diagnosis came just after his daughter Amelia was born, and it was followed by six years of surgery, treatment and hospital appointments as the cancer was removed.

Just as it looked as though he was on the right path, it returned in his lung, lymph nodes and small intestines before spreading to his brain.

“At that point I was basically told to get my house in order, that I wouldn’t be here by Christmas” he said. “That was a real low point, but I got my head into gear.

“I just thought there are people who are in a worse position than me. I’m still here, I’m going to fight. It was challenging. I was an emotional rollercoaster but I managed to stay positive.”

Ian continued to run five or six miles each week even through cancer treatment and constant surgeries, proving his steel and determination to tackle one of life’s biggest challenges.

He was asked if he would like to test a new immunotherapy drug as part of the treatment, which he accepted, and it turned out to be the “remarkable” decision that saved his life.

He continues: “At that point my prognosis was just to hope for the best, so I thought what have I got to lose. I had my last dose in August 2011. I noticed bumps that had appeared on my body, in my chest, leg and back disappeared.

“The doctors said my response to the drug was remarkable.”

To put into perspective just how incredible Ian’s survival was, patients with melanoma in the brain like him have a median survival rate of just four months, and 10-20% of people survive a year. Ian is totally cured.

Ian will have his final follow-up appointment this October, some 15 years after his first cancer diagnosis, and to mark the occasion he has decided that the London Marathon is the ideal milestone to signal the end of a gruelling ordeal.

He paid thanks to the charity he will be running in aid of, saying: “Macmillan provided me with some great help and advice, during the toughest period of my illness. The Macmillan nurse was amazing. She went through all the fundamentals, but one of the biggest things she did was tell us about critical illness insurance.

“It meant we could pay off our mortgage which made a huge difference. That money at the time was amazing, because when you’re ill the last thing you need is money troubles.

“They also helped us with explaining cancer to our daughter Amelia. Being told you have cancer really is like being hit by a cannonball. That’s why I want to run the marathon for Macmillan, to help other people.”

Healthcare organisations have called on the government to give key workers priority for fuel, as coronavirus cases in Lincolnshire rose by 30% on last Monday’s figures.

Unison has asked the government to “designated fuel stations for the sole use of key workers” as a combination of panic buying and a shortage of lorry drivers sees some forecourts running low, or even empty, according to Sky News.

The union’s general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Essential staff must be able to get to their jobs so they can continue to provide the services so many rely upon.

“Ambulance crews, nurses, care workers, teaching assistants, police staff and other key workers mustn’t be left stranded or forced to queue for hours simply to get to a pump.”

The measure has been backed by the British Medical Association, who say there is a risk NHS staff won’t be able to do their jobs or guarantee care to patients – and other emergency services such as the Police Federation of England and Wales

The latest COVID stats for Lincolnshire:

  • 772 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Greater Lincolnshire on Monday with 483 in Lincolnshire, 80 in North East Lincolnshire and 209 in North Lincolnshire.
  • Last Monday there were 599 cases – a rise of 29%
  • One further death of a Lincolnshire resident was also recorded
  • Hospital data updated to include three further deaths in United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
  • Nationally, cases rose by 37,960 while deaths increased by 40

In other headlines, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to meet families of those who lost loved ones to coronavirus.

He is expected to be asked to launch an “immediate” enquiry into the pandemic Since the pandemic began, more than 136,000 people have died with COVID-19.

An international scheme which allocates vaccines around the world is to change its methodologies after the UK received more than half a million doses.

According to Reuters, other poorer countries have been given far fewer, with Botswana was only assigned 20,000 shots.

Now, an overhaul to the allocation methodology will ensure it takes into account the proportion of a country’s population that has been vaccinated.

Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Monday, September 27

113,101 cases (up 772)

  • 74,138 in Lincolnshire (up 483)
  • 18,215 in North Lincolnshire (up 209)
  • 20,748 in North East Lincolnshire (up 80)

2,338 deaths (up one)

  • 1,712 from Lincolnshire (up one)
  • 317 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 309 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,407 hospital deaths (up three)

  • 864 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up three)
  • 44 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 498 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

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