A hospitality chain is set to open convenience stores within hospitals throughout Lincolnshire, replacing WHSmith which will close by the end of the year.

CH&Co, traditionally a catering and hospitality company, has been tasked with modernising shops alongside cafes for staff and patients at facilities at Grantham, Boston and Lincoln hospitals in work set to start in 2018. All convenience stores will house a coffee offering.

Paul Boocock, director of estates and facilities for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Together we’ll bring the high street to our hospitals and offer staff and visitors a welcoming and better experience and offer a wider selection of products.”