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A&E webcams are hailed a success
Screen grab of webcam
Estimated waiting times are also put on the images
Up-to-date pictures of Accident and Emergency at Lincolnshire's three main hospitals will be seen on the internet after a successful pilot.

In July a webcam was set up in Lincoln so people with minor injuries could judge how busy the area was and it has received more than 250 hits a day.

The still images are out of focus to protect patient confidentiality.

Officials said as well as being useful for patients it also meant staff did not have to answer so many queries.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust chief executive Gary Walker said: "It means staff are not being called upon all the time by people asking how long waiting times are.

"We started this in July has already know that people are using the website with over 88,000 hits in two months."

The cameras are now live in Lincoln County Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital Boston and Grantham and District Hospital.

In addition to the webcam images, approximate waiting times are updated by accident and emergency staff.

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