New Lincolnshire emergency department approved

Pilgrim Hospital, part of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has been given planning permission to extend its emergency department.

Boston Borough Council approved plans to demolish Pilgrim hospital’s existing H-block building, as part of a £37.9 million plan to ‘transform’ the emergency department, the trust says.

The plans will also include the build of a fully refurbished two-storey extension, which will double in size and hosts state-of-the-art innovations; infection prevention control measures; an increased number of cubicles to treat patients; and a larger resuscitation zone for the sickest patients.

Councillor Nigel Welton, Deputy Leader of Boston Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Planning, said: “The transformation of Pilgrim Hospital’s Emergency Department cannot come soon enough, especially after the past two years. This will be a fantastic transformation for our hospital and town, that patients, staff and residents will be able to benefit from for many years to come.”

Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The granting of planning permission by Boston Borough Council is a major milestone in the much-needed development of the Emergency Department at Pilgrim hospital.

“With planning permission in place, work has already begun to get final approval from the Department of Health and Social Care who pledged £21.3 million towards the transformation during the visit by the Prime Minister in 2019. The additional funding will be provided by both NHSE&I and the Lincolnshire NHS system.

“None of this would have been possible without the support of our amazing colleagues and all of our partner organisations. By working together, we have an approved design which is going to give our patients and staff the first-class Emergency Department that they need and deserve for the future.”

In August 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the Pilgrim Hospital where he announced the allocation of £21.3 million funding for the transformation of the emergency department.