Patients urged to have their say on Pilgrim Hospital as part of NHS Keogh review into mortality rates

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

Patients are being urged to have their say about Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital as part of a review into the county’s higher than expected death rates.

Members of the public will be able to talk frankly about their experiences of care at the hospital during a ‘listening event’ at the White Hart on Tuesday.

The event is being held because the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs the Pilgrim, is one of 14 in the country that came under the spotlight of a review into concerns over its mortality rates.

The review has been commissioned by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh in the wake of the Stafford Hospital scandal.

Its work here will be conducted by a team visiting the county this month.

The team, led by regional chief nurse Ruth May, will spend time talking to patients at the Pilgrim as well as Lincoln and Grantham hospitals.

Kevin Turner, ULHT deputy chief executive, said: “The quality and safety of our care is our top priority, so we welcome the review as an opportunity to continue our journey of improvement.

“We hope that people will take this chance to speak about what we are doing well - and what we are doing not so well.

“It is only with the much valued input of our patients and the local communities we serve, that we will be able to make real, lasting, quality improvements for the future.

“ These listening events will be a vital tool in helping us understand where we need to focus.”

The White Hart event will be held from 6pm to 8pm and follows an event the day before in Lincoln.

To confirm your attendance and make your voice heard call 01522 573986 or email as soon as possible.

Separate events will be held for staff to give their views, with the review team expected to publish its findings on ULHT in mid-July.

Anyone who cannot make an event and wants to take part should visit the NHS Choices website, email or write to Bruce Keogh Review, c/o NHS England, 1st Floor Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UE.