This afternoon, I attended a detailed briefing with local NHS Trust Leaders to discuss the current Covid-19 situation. Like a number of other Trusts, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has declared a ‘critical incident’, largely due to staffing pressures. Health leaders asked me to reassure residents that essential services remain fully open for anyone in need. NHS staff continue to work extremely hard, as they have done so over the last 18 months, to provide the best possible care for their patients. I would like to thank all those in the health and care sector working round the clock to look after us in these difficult times.
Anyone who may feel that they need urgent care is encouraged to contact 111 for advice in the first instance, so that they may be signposted to the most appropriate care. If you feel that you, or a person you are worried about, needs immediate emergency treatment then you should not hesitate to contact either 999 or to attend A&E.
Local health leaders have asked me to reiterate to constituents that the best thing that you can do to support the NHS this winter is to get the jabs to which you are entitled. It is a great achievement that over 80% of those eligible in Lincolnshire have received a booster jab. If you need your booster, vaccines are available on a walk-in basis at Princess Royal Sports Arena, Boston, and the Lincolnshire Showground, 7 days a week, 8:00am – 9:00pm. This Saturday - 8th January - at Stanhope Hall, Horncastle, there is also a ‘pop-up’ walk-in session between 10am and 4pm, which will provide boosters, first and second doses for anyone eligible including 12-15 year-olds provided a parent/guardian is present to consent.
Please protect yourself and our community by having the jab!