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Post Gig Thank you’s

Well, what a day! WHAT A NIGHT! If you weren’t at Louth Hospital Club last Saturday night, then you’ve missed out BIG STYLE.

I don’t know where to start really, so I’ll just thank ALL the awesome bands who made the after march gig such a great success.

Roll Call:

Anton Drewery, Paul Drewery, Joe Drewery, Richard Hedgetts, Corrine Drewery, Jody Linscott, Dave Hunt, Matthew Gidlow, Kevin Miles, David Tomlinson, Howard Goy, Stuart Goodacre, Chris Dodsworth, Rick Aron, Mark Merrifield, Kerry Blake, Charlotte Hubbard, Kieran Campbell, Oli Lammiman, Jacob Ardern, Andy Nisbitt, Patrick Purvis.

Not forgetting the fantastic contributions made by:

The PCS Samba Band,

Jayne Cooper for the banner and in/post march sketching,

Madeleine Mcglone for providing the children with face painting.

We really can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support.

We have limited footage of some of the acts on Youtube:

The What/Corrine Drewery/Jody Linscott

The What/Corrine Drewery/Jody Linscott 2

The Legendary Nighthawks

Robots Found Errors


The Stallers

Unfortunately, we have no footage of Twa Auld Rievers, but if anybody does, please contact me.

Thanks to you all – and everybody who attended and made this Community Event such a huge success.

(Dave Larder – on behalf of the Organisers)

Even The Doctors Think Louth Urgent Care Should Remain

Yes.. Urgent Care, not A&E as many still believe it is. I was approached by someone who is in support of our campaign with a compelling reason why Louth Urgent Care cannot be scaled down or closed… a letter from a Doctor.

Reading from this, it is obvious Mrs X requires a quick response, and living in Louth, the Urgent Care Centre is, in this case, the safest course of treatment without lengthy travel to other hospitals e.g. Lincoln or Boston. This is someone who originally had to be transferred to Nottingham due to the severity of the condition!


So is the NHS a state owned service or private company?

NHS Property Services

Did you know since 2012, most of the hospital and health buildings where “moved” from public ownership to a private company – most people assume that the building is the NHS..Wrong!

Many buildings are owned by a private limited company, NHS Property Services Limited, company number 07888110 and as such its accounts are publicly available at Companies House. Whilst running down buildings and stripping assets, several of the shareholders were each “rewarded” from the profit that is rental income from our NHS to the tune of 200,000 last year.

Yes our cash strapped NHS is paying rent to a private company for the buildings it needs to use. Who benefits.. NHS Property Services Limited shareholders:

 (click the image to view the Directors remuneration full size)

That not bad enough…

Seen the various logos at your local hospital. All private companies contracted (paid) to supply services to the NHS. The biggest is

Care UK

This is an “Independent Provider” of services which trades under a mind boggling amount of smaller Private and Public Limited Companies, all operating for profit. How long this list is can be seen at Companies House.

Business Rates That Private Companies Pay

Just to add insult to injury, private healthcare trusts are often set up as charities e.g. Nuffield so pay reduced business rates and tax, but because all of the above are corporate bodies, they are subject to standard business rates and Corporation Tax. This featured in this Independent article

In Summary

Our “state owned” NHS Service which gets large amounts of funding by the government:

  • Pays rent for its buildings
  • Purchases its healthcare
  • Pays the executive salaries of all the shareholders and directors
  • Pays business rates
  • Pays Tax
  • Pays managers to “manage” even down to the paperclip holding your medical records together
  • Whats left goes to the doctors and nurses and daily running costs – which sure isn’t a lot!

A prime example of this was the IT crash earlier in the year because the NHS couldn’t afford to replace its aged Windows XP computers. And Nurses and other vital NHS staff are subjected to pay cuts to try and prop up the billions of pounds in debt the NHS is.

Please can anyone from any of the above companies comment below to say I am wrong….

Local hospitals under pressure.


As reported in today’s media, Lincoln Hospital is asking people to stay away from the A&E department this weekend unless it’s an emergency, as there is a severe staff shortage, with no middle grade doctors available for duty.

I detect another whiff of bullsh*t about the media coverage – Look North reported it as being because of the doctors being on holiday.  I mean, A&E doctors do sod all, why do they need holidays? *takes time to remove tongue from cheek*. I think they’re implying that if the big hospitals cannot get enough staff, how will the smaller ones recruit?

I really worry about this. If Lincolnshire’s main hospital can’t deal with the minor injuries that Louth currently do, will it clog the system further afield? Lincoln’s walk-in clinic is closing, who do we go to when we’re in pain and frightened but it’s not life-threatening? Why can’t we keep the local services that plug a hole in the failing system?

Our local National Health Services need you! Please keep up the pressure in any way you can.




Louth Hospital Capacity – Questions!

There is currently confusion regarding patient capacity at Louth County Hospital. Until recently, it was always assumed that this was a 56 bed hospital*.

However, this figure was greatly reduced following the transfer of around 30 inpatients to other facilities outside of the hospital in June 2017. Patient safety was cited as the reason for this drastic reduction. Following the Grenfell Towers disaster, it was further claimed that faulty fire doors were the main reason for the evacuation, although it appears that the Fire Safety report was “sat on” for some months before action was taken.

The result of this partial evacuation was that 16 inpatients remained in the hospital, and, as far as I’m aware, that is still the situation. So the questions that must be answered are:

  1. When will these safety issues be addressed?
  2. When will the Fire Doors be replaced?
  3. Are the evacuations temporary or permanent?
  4. If temporary, when can we expect a return to full operating capacity?

Whilst answering the above questions would help calm a currently unhealthy situation, it is worth pointing out that current Job Vacancy advertisements for the hospital include the following details:

  1. “The medical wards have a total of 50 inpatient beds and 6 day case chairs.”
  2. “Carlton ward is a 22 bedded inpatient setting”

These appear to be straight forward comments, but they are confusing as the NHS’s own web site states the following:

“Manby ward at County Hospital, Louth is operated by Lincolnshire Community Health Services, and not United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.”

Although the above comment was published in February, 2017, it is still on the web site at the time of writing (28/7/17), and therefore, should be deemed as current information.

It just adds more confusion to the understanding of current issues affecting OUR Health Care.


*Listed as 50 Inpatient beds and 6 Day Patient chairs.



nhs.uk services

Urology Emergencies – Where to now?

We forever have our eye on changes that MAY be made, as a result of reduction in services at Louth County Hospital. This week, changes to the emergency care of Urology patients at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby were scheduled to be in place by September 2017 at the latest. These changes basically mean that emergency urology patients will be treated at Scunthorpe Hospital, rather than Grimsby.

How does this affect us in Louth?

On paper, (or according to the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust web site), there are SIX (6) Urology Consultants within the Trust. That sounds great, until you discover that they are based at:

Lincoln County Hospital – 4

Boston Pilgrim Hospital – 1 (+ 1 shared with Grantham)

Grantham Hospital – 1 (shared with Boston)

So, although Louth County Hospital has a Urology department, and can perform scheduled and/or ongoing treatment, if you are in a life-threatening emergency, the chances are, you would be taken by ambulance to Grimsby, as that is the nearest hospital which can deal with such an emergency.


The distance to Grimsby is about 14 miles from Louth, and Scunthorpe and Boston are about equidistant – around 38 miles from Louth. That is almost 3 times the journey length, and given the conditions of roads in Lincolnshire, it’s not a comfortable ride. Especially if you are seriously ill.

Potential Solution:

Transfer ONE of the Consultants from Lincoln to be based at Louth. We then have our own fully functional Urology Consultant, department, nurses and auxiliary staff on site. Avoid sending emergency patients into other Trust’s hospitals, especially where they are struggling to provide SAFE care, by their own admission.



The above, only refers to EMERGENCY treatment.


We are not about being critical of the staff at Louth County Hospital, or the excellent work that they all do, often under extremely difficult circumstances. We simply want services to be returned and maintained in the town, as the hospital is a success, whereas many others have failed. We totally support the lifting of the 1% pay cap for ALL Emergency Service staff, and keeping the NHS a public institution.

Current situation at Louth County Hospital (From ULHT web site):

County Hospital, Louth

County Hospital, Louth offers theatre sessions for patients undergoing day case urological procedures and investigations as well as having a well-established urology department which covers treatments and investigations for patients with both benign and malignant urological problems.

The unit benefits from a dedicated team of clinicians and nurses. We have a clinical nurse specialist who is trained to perform cystoscopies, this has increased the number of patients we can see and reduced the length of wait for patients with suspected malignancy.

We have recently introduced the GYRUS TURP which has allowed us to treat an increasing number of local patients with prostate problems.

The average waiting time to be seen in the urology department is four weeks but can be sooner for more urgent cases. Our average waiting time for surgery is four weeks.

Lincolnshire’s own Fix You Campaign Song

As a tribute to 69 years of our wonderful NHS, a song has been beautifully sung by a local choir NHStival.


Present for the NHS 69th Anniversary. The Lincolnshire version of FIX YOU. Thanks to the choirs for their patience during filming

Posted by Steven Carne on Monday, 3 July 2017

Credits: NHStival Choir formed by Abi Moore and Syncapella and Raised in Song. Filmed and edited by Steve Carne.

Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

Due to a number of sources becoming unavailable, it is important that the public are aware of the plans to transform our local healthcare provision as per the NHS and Department of Health Guidelines here:

The full document can be read below (please note due to the size of the document it may take up to 1 minute to load all 122 pages!)

2 buildings on the hospital site are listed buildings

Both the entrance wing and the main hospital building are Grade II Listed Buildings.

According to Historic England, “Listing is the term given to the practice of listing buildings, scheduling monuments, registering parks, gardens and battlefields, and protecting wreck sites.”

It means the hospital CANNOT be demolished to make way for another housing estate. Both buildings could, theoretically, be converted to flats, but they’re huge buildings. Developers may struggle to fill them with enough buyers to make a return on their investment. I can’t imagine other uses for the buildings, given where they are and their sheer size.

NHS 69th Birthday Vigil

This evening a vigil was held outside Louth Hospital to not only raise awareness, but to celebrate the 69th Birthday of the NHS. For a gallery of photos taken during the evening, click here

Louth Hospital NHS 69 birthday


A crowd gathered outside the hospital to show support for the NHS with many cars “Hooting their support” as they drove by.

banner outside Louth Hospital
Local blogger Michelle holding a placard
“The Arty Pole” Peter Hill showing his support


A hamper containing cakes donated by local bakers, Pocklingtons and the Lincolnshire Co-op on Newbridge Hill was presented to the nurses in the Urgent Care Centre.

birthday cake nurses
Kieran presenting the donated cakes
birthday balloons
Birthday balloons provided by Party Planet

Thanks to:

And the many people who showed their support by “Honking For The NHS” as they drove by.

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