The Health Scrutiny Committee for Lincolnshire has expressed support for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) proposed new paediatric service at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

The proposal aims to make the current model, which was adapted in 2018 to a paediatric assessment unit, a permanent arrangement.

This model has evolved over the years to allow children and young people to receive their care at Pilgrim Hospital without the need for transfers to other hospitals.

The committee said that it commends the progress made in hiring of nursing and medical positions in paediatric services, and values the engagement of the community and staff in developing the service model.

It also suggests monitoring the number of transfers to assess the impact on the local community.

The consultation process, which includes online and in-person events, is set to conclude by September 4, 2023.

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Health Scrutiny Committee for Lincolnshire chairman Councillor Carl Macey said: “This service has come a long way since we first looked at it in 2018.

“Most children can now receive quick access to care, consultants are available until 10pm and the paediatric team has significantly expanded to provide robust support.

“As a committee, we’ll also want to be comfortable with the engagement of neighbouring health systems in the proposals and further clarification on emergency procedures under the new plans.”