Grimsby hospital's 'inadequate' stroke services to shut

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Image caption The hospital was criticised by the Keogh review for its out of hours stroke service

Stroke services at Grimsby's Diana Princess of Wales Hospital are to close after an NHS report described them as "inadequate".

It was one of 14 NHS trusts investigated over higher than expected death rates.

A report by Prof Sir Bruce Keogh called for an urgent review of the hospital's out of hours stroke service.

The trust which runs it said all acute stroke services would be temporarily transferred to Scunthorpe Hospital.

The move is expected to take place over the next few weeks.

Karen Jackson, chief executive of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said the hospitals in Grimsby and Scunthorpe currently only provided a hyperacute service between 08:00 and 20:00, Monday to Friday.

"The only way for the Trust to provide a 24/7 service safely is to consolidate on a single site," she said.

"Therefore, we have decided to temporarily deliver all hyperacute and acute services from the Scunthorpe General Hospital stroke unit."

Ms Jackson said the trust was working on a long-term plan for stroke care in the region.

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