Health

Patients want surgery to stay open after learning of ‘rent free’ offer

Patients at the soon to close Pennygate Surgery have called for it to remain open after the retiring doctor offered to hire the building out rent free. Supporters of the surgery gathered at a packed and heated meeting on Monday to discuss South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioing Group’s (CCG) proposal to transfer all patients to the Johnson Hospital from September 7. ...

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Gaby beats the pain to land a university place

A teenager battling a rare disease that has left her in constant pain is planning for university ahead of tomorrow’s (Thursday) A Level results. Gaby Taylor (18), of Spalding, has been diagnosed with type two a-typical trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic pain disorder brought about by a faulty nerve. It means she has constant pain that includes daily attacks so strong it ...

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Petition to keep Spalding surgery open

A petition to keep Pennygate Surgery open has been launched ahead of Monday’s public meeting on its future (August 20). Last week The Voice reported that Dr Azmenna Nathu, who runs the surgery and owns the building, is to retire and the surgery will close September 7. It follows two poor Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports. Now Coun Angela Newton ...

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New NHS dentist set for Spalding

A new NHS dentist is set to move into the former offices of the Spalding Voice. An application has been submitted to South Holland District Council by JDSP Dental for units 1 and 2, 14-16 Winsover Road. The applicant has been awarded a contract by NHS England Central Midlands to deliver NHS dental services. The contract includes a commitment to ...

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Lift for Holbeach Weight Training Club as it celebrates 50 years

A club pulled together recently to celebrate its half century. Holbeach Weight Training Club recently held a fun day and display at its current Alison Avenue base. The club has more than 200 members with more on the waiting list to join. Past members include Holbeach shot putt legend Geoff Capes who regularly used to train with the club. It ...

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Troubled Spalding surgery will close doors to patients

A troubled Spalding GP surgery is set to close with more than 3,000 patients being moved to a temporary service being set up at the Johnson Hospital. But some are worried that they can’t afford taxis to get there and MP John Hayes has called an urgent meeting. Pennygate Surgery was the subject of a damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) ...

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Interim children’s services begin at Pilgrim Hospital

The interim service at Pilgrim Hospital Children’s Ward has begun. A statement from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) said: “Over the last few weeks the trust has been populating rotas and planning and testing care pathways for women and children who use Pilgrim Hospital, to ensure that when the new model was ready it will be safe for patients ...

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Surgery secretaries sworn to secrecy

“Can you tell me a bit about the problem?” This question, when asked by doctors’ surgery secretaries, vexes half of you, according to a surgery’s customer feedback survey. But far from being a nosy intrusion, it’s asked so you see the right healthcare worker, says Anthony Cronin, Chair of Munro Patient Group at Munro Medical Centre, Spalding. Mr Cronin said ...

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New supplier takes over domestic abuse service in county

Victims of domestic abuse in South Holland will now be directed towards a new service as of this week. Lincolnshire County Council has recommissioned the service it offers for those experiencing problems at home. The provider of these services across the whole county is now West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service (WLDAS). Referrals to the Service for support will primarily be ...

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New NHS dentist for Spalding and Johnson Hospital dental service returns

Johnson Community Hospital dental surgery will resume full service in 2019, along with a new general practice accepting NHS patients in Spalding. The NHS will be reopening the Johnson Community Hospital NHS Dental service in January 2019 with a new provider. “This will be excellent news for Spalding and district residents,” a statement from Healthwatch Lincolnshire said. The service will ...

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Spalding surgery still needs to improve

A Spalding GP surgery still has to improve after it continues to be rated inadequate by government inspectors. Pennygate Health Centre and lead GP Dr Azmeena Nathu, has 3,460 patients and was inspected in April. The Care Quality Commission inspection came six months after a report rated it inadequate and it was put in special measures with a list of ...

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Hospital Trust still needs to improve – Boston Pilgrim remains “inadequate”

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has risen to “requires improvement” in the latest inspection. But Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital has still been rated as ‘inadequate’ overall. Trust chief executive Jan Sobieraj said he was pleased the organisation was ‘moving in the right direction.’ The latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) report was published Tuesday and it says there have been improvements. ...

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Plan in place to keep children’s ward open at Pilgrim Hospital

Childrens and maternity services will be maintained at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, the Board of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has today agreed despite fears staff shortages would lead to closure. Today the ULHT board agreed to move towards an interim model for the services, which sees women and children who present to Pilgrim continuing to be seen and assessed ...

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Events to mark National Carers Week

A series of events are to be held in the area to mark National Carers Week. This year’s national awareness week focuses on helping carers stay healthy and connected and there are three events scheduled through the week organised by the Lincolnshire Carers Service. The first is an awareness stand that’s heading to Spalding’s Market Place between 10am and 2pm ...

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Have a say in your surgery

More people are being encouraged to have a say in their surgeries as part of the current National Patient Participation Awareness Week.   Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) provide a way for patients to help shape the services their local GPs provide. Many are looking for more members of the public to get involved, including those at Sutton Medical Group which ...

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Cash injection to ambulance trust

An extra £9m is to be invested in the East Midlands Ambulance Service. The ambulance trust has agreed terms with the Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for the extra funding this year. Hardwick CCG manages the ambulance contract on behalf of 22 other CCGs across the region, including South Lincolnshire. The additional £9m will be heading for investment into clinical ...

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Spalding wellness and welfare activities weekend proves a hit at hall

Almost 400 people took part in wellbeing activites at Ayscoughfee Hall. Two days of calming crafts and relaxing exercises drew 360 visitors to the Spalding venue for the event, organised by South Holland District Council as part of SHout About Wellbeing Week. The events, last Thursday and Saturday (May 17 and 19), were also organised to align with National Mental ...

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MP: ‘Don’t close children’s ward’

Local MP John Hayes says he will oppose any closure of the children’s ward at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, a decision on the future of which has been delayed until May. A staffing crisis has led to United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) looking at options on how to run its services from June. Two of the proposals include the temporary closure ...

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Age puts strain on GP surgeries – survey says

A study of Lincolnshire GP surgeries has revealed that there are currently major strains on services right across the county.   One South Lincolnshire surgery said in the National GP Survey: “We have a three-plus week wait for a routine GP appointment. Demand has outstripped our capacity. “All urgent appointments are dealt with on the day, but the standard GP ...

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Free blood pressure checks in Spalding this weekend

An event that could save your life returns to the South Holland Centre this weekend. The Rotary Club of South Holland is holding Know Your Blood Pressure sessions on Saturday. Between 10am and 3pm professionals will be on hand to check your blood pressure for free as part of the campaign launched by Rotary International and the Stroke Association. A ...

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