Health

Medical Centre out of special measures but ‘requires improvement’

Holbeach Medical Centre is out of special measures but has been told it still ‘requires improvement’. As previously reported, the Park Road surgery was rated ‘inadequate’ following a Care Quality Commission (CQC). It was inspected again in September in a report published earlier this month and was rated ‘good’ in being Effective, Caring and being Well-led. However the CQC inspectors ...

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Time to talk about mental health issues

A community group is not sitting still when it comes to getting people talking about mental health in Spalding. Community Mind Matters have launched The Mental Health Matters Bench in Ayscoughfee Gardens. Every Monday at noon until 2pm a Community Mind Matters Support Worker will be on hand to support victims of loneliness, depression, anxiety and bereavement. The bench, which ...

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A&E wait times are ‘worst ever’

More than a third of patients faced a wait of over four hours when attending United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust A&E departments last month, a union has claimed. Unison claims the figures for December released by NHS England is the worst month on record for waiting times and delays. It says 35 per cent of patients have to wait upwards ...

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Joy at ‘good’ care home

There were tears of joy as a Spalding care home received ‘good’ news following it’s inspection by officials. Southernwood Care Home on Matmore Gate has been rated ‘good’ overall by Care Quality Commission (CQC) and in every category of being safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. It had previously been rated as ‘requires improvement’ overall and in the categories of ...

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Donation could help save a life

More people in Lincolnshire could help save a life by signing up for organ donation. New data released by the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) service shows that more patients than ever are agreeing to donate organs after death across the country. In Lincolnshire, the number of donors has also increased, thanks to the efforts of the organ donation staff ...

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More dental appointments for children set to be available in the area?

A group that aims to be a voice for patients in Lincolnshire has said more orthodontic services for young people could be available locally. Healthwatch Lincolnshire says it’s spoken to NHS Dental Services and that new orthodontic services will be available in Spalding and other towns in the county rather than being centralised in Lincoln. A spokesman for the group ...

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Safety breaches found at hospital

The community trust that runs Holbeach Hospital has said it’s ‘committed to offering the highest level of healthcare’ after a Care Quality Commission inspection found breaches of the Health and Safety Act. The Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital Trust has been told it ‘requires improvement’ following the unannounced inspection in August. It was rated good in the category of ‘caring’ ...

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Dot’s party raises hospital cash

A Holbeach woman’s 80th birthday party has raised more than £750 for the town’s hospital. More than 75 friends and family joined birthday girl Dot Gurd at Holbeach WI Hall on Saturday, October 26, and donated a total of £759.50 for her chosen cause. Dot has had treatment at the hospital and said it is “brilliant”. “You couldn’t ask for ...

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Dentist looks forward to opening

Those behind a new dentists set to open in Spalding next year say you’ll be able to pre-register for the service soon. As reported last week, JDSP Dental Ltd is to open an 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year service in March 2020. Winsover Dental Care is due to open in The Spalding Voice’s former offices in Winsover Road. ...

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Breast screening sessions available

South Holland women are being invited to attend a free breast screening clinic at a mobile unit in Spalding. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service is inviting women registered with Beechfield Medical Centre, Spalding, to attend an appointment on the mobile unit based at the Johnson Hospital in Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, PE11 3PB. Women aged between ...

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Struggling ‘inadequate’ hospitals trust has an £88.2m deficit

The group that oversees hospitals in south Lincolnshire, including the Pilgrim Hospital, is £88.2m in the red and has been branded ‘inadequate’ over how it uses its resources. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has also been told it still “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and will remain in special measures following an inspection from June 11 ...

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Munro celebrates a century

It’s 100 not out for the Munro Medical Centre who celebrated their centenary in style with some of their patients who are around the same age as the practice. It was set up by Dr James Ramsey Munro in September 1919 in High Street before moving to its current West Elloe premises in 1996. And on Wednesday, September 25 staff ...

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Good rating for town care home

A Spalding care home has been rated good across the board after a recent inspection. St John’s Care Home in Hawthorn Bank can care for up to 51 people over the age of 65 and had also been rated good overall at its previous inspection. The report into the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) latest visit in June describes the staff ...

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Mum’s mega mountain effort

Despite being suddenly left paralysed from the waist down, a Long Sutton mum of six has set herself a target to climb Snowdon. As previously reported, doctors are unsure why Charlotte Bates has been left in a wheelchair and officially classed as T6 paraplegic having lost most of her bodily functions from the waist down. It’s left her struggling to ...

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Vote for new name for surgery

You have until Saturday to vote on seven potential new names for the GP surgery that’s based at the Johnson Hospital. What’s currently known as the Johnson GP Centre was set up at the Johnson Hospital for the patients of Pennygate Health Centre which closed last September after being rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission. Health officials say they’re ...

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Drug deaths on the rise in region

Drug deaths in South Holland have continued to increase, with addiction experts blaming “budget cuts” for the rise in deaths. The latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics report a 20 per cent rise in drug poisoning deaths across the East Midlands over the past five years and a 26 per cent rise in drug deaths in Lincolnshire. ...

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Pilgrim Hospital money ‘a drop in the ocean’

Money pledged to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital during a visit by the prime minister on Monday has been described by a union as “a drop in the ocean”. The emergency department at Pilgrim Hospital has received a national funding boost of £21.3m, as announced by Boris Johnson when he visited the hospital with the Secretary of State for Health and Social ...

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It’s all good for Sutton surgeries

The group that runs Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge Medical Centre has been rated good across the board in its latest inspection as it continues to improve. Suttons Medical Group was found to be in breach of legal requirements in a 2017 Care Quality Commission (CQC) and though rated good overall was told it required improvement in terms of leadership ...

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Rae of hope as MPs debate drug

There’s further hope for a 12-year-old and her family battling for her to access a potentially life-saving drug after her condition was brought up in Parliament. Rae White, of Gedney Hill, hopes the drug Spinraza will stop the type two Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) she’s had since birth from further limiting her movements. And after numerous delays there’s hope she ...

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Rapid response service praised

An NHS statement has said families are “reaping the benefits” of a new community children’s service, launched earlier this year. A new service to treat respiratory problems in children with complex physical disabilities at home was launched in February 2019, by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). The Children’s Rapid Response Respiratory Service provides specialist assessment, treatment and management ...

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