Health

Can you help drive Spalding charity?

A local charity that helps bring elderly people together says it’s in urgent need of new volunteers, particularly bus drivers. The Meadows is a day centre based just off Park Road in Spalding which elderly people can pay a fee to attend. The idea is to give them the opportunity, meet others, take part in games and crafts and enjoy ...

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Need for more Good Neighbours

A group that aims to beat loneliness in one of the most isolated areas of the county says it needs more volunteers to come forward or it may have to close. The East Elloe Good Neighbour Scheme, which covers Holbeach, Long Sutton and surrounding villages, offers a service where volunteers either go out or ring people for a chat who ...

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Spalding GP Surgery to close.

A doctors surgery created in 2018 to replace another is to close in October with patients to be transferred elsewhere while the NHS looks at options. Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHST Trust says it is not going to renew the contract to run the Spalding Surgery from the Johnson Hospital when it runs out on September 30. It was set ...

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Trust gives statement on why it’s closing Spalding GP Surgery

The trust that runs the Spalding GP Surgery has issued a statement on why it’s to close the service. The Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust oversees the Johnson Hospital where the Spalding Surgery has been been based since 2018 after the previous Pennygate Surgery closed. This afternoon (July 13), the Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board announced it was to close ...

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Report reveals that person-centred care and good communication are key areas

Person-centred care and effective communication are two key areas that matter the most to patients, according to Healthwatch Lincolnshire. The report says local health trusts have been struggling with an ever-declining workforce, poor travel infrastructure and local expectations of care. “For many patients, carers and service users, their view of COVID-19 on how they access services has changed from support ...

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Solent sailing trip of a lifetime

A Moulton Chapel leukaemia survivor has enjoyed the trip of a lifetime thanks to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. Tori Nixon was 19 when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and she underwent six months of intense treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Now 21, she is in complete remission and earlier this month spent four days sailing from ...

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Concerns over NHS service changes

A planned new diagnostic service could have a branch in Spalding, but there’s concern stroke and orthopaedic services are moving further away. Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is looking at creating a second Diagnostic Centre in the county in addition to the one currently in Grantham. The idea behind them is that people could get a quicker diagnosis from tests done ...

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Nigel’s high five at hospital

A Donington man who suffers with motor neurone disease has been given a special award for his years volunteering in a hospital. Nigel Brasier was one of 32 volunteers recognised by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) as part of National Volunteers’ Week for his work in Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital. Nigel said: “I have made many friends over the five ...

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Health and wellbeing event for all

The patient group from a Spalding surgery is staging a health and wellbeing event in a bid to give support and advice to all. Beechfield Medical Centre Patient Participation Group (PPG) is a long standing group of patients whose aim is to help and improve services for patients across the local community. The group has been involved in several health ...

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Sticky fun for brave young patients

Staff members at Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding are giving brave young patients, who need to come into the hospital for blood appointments, personalised stickers, sweets, and fluffy bugs to try and help ease their stress. The goodies have been funded thanks to the Lincolnshire NHS Charity, which plays a vital role in supporting both Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS ...

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District has top loneliness level

South Holland has the highest level of loneliness in the county, according to government figures. More than 12 per cent of the adult population said they ‘often or always’ felt lonely, the Office for National Statistics survey has revealed. North Kesteven has the lowest rate at 1.7 per cent, West Lindsey was 12.1 per cent and Boston 4.2 per cent. ...

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Dentist fails to meet targets

A Spalding dentist faces enforcement action after failing to adhere to regulations. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission returned to Crescent Dental Surgery after initially discovering breaches in November. Roopesh Singh was told to undertake a schedule of work to ensure his practice was safe, effective and well-led after the November visit. The practice was subject to a re-visit in ...

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More staff and less waiting for patients

A major recovery plan for NHS services in the county includes more staff and less waiting – especially for patients on ‘urgent’ pathways. The Health Scrutiny Committee of the county council was due to be updated on the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust recovery plan and a response to a recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection at a meeting on Wednesday. ...

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Video aims to attract carers

A new video has been launched as part of a bid to get more people into the care profession. Lincolnshire County Council’s It’s Not A Job campaign was launched earlier this year. The new emotive short film depicts a day in the life of two carers, Kai Wade (21) and Gina Bennett (45). A spokesman for the council said: “The ...

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High price of trust’s medical mistakes

Hospitals in Lincolnshire are paying around £475,000 a month in damages for negligence causing cerebral palsy. Figures have been revealed which show that the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust paid out more than £57m in damages due to failings leading to cerebral palsy over a ten-year period from 2010. A freedom of information request to NHS Resolution, which deals with ...

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A shed load of inventive ideas

It’s been a busy week for Long Sutton’s Men Shed whose members were presented with books as part of Read a Book Night ahead of the launch of their new Youth Shed initiative. Began three-years-ago after chair Ray Cutbill saw the initiative in Australia, the group now has around 85 members and is thought to be the largest in Europe. ...

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MP’s support for those with diabetes

MP Sir John Hayes has been meeting people with and learning about diabetes. After the ‘Diabetes is Serious’ event raised this matter in the House of Commons to urge the Secretary of State for Health to back Diabetes UK plan for a comprehensive strategy to deal with long-standing, and recent Covid-induced, problems with diabetes services. He said: “Many people live ...

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Hospital out of special measures

A hospital that’s closest for those in the south of the area has officially come out of special measures.. The Queen’s Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn has been taken out of what is now officially called the Recovery Support System following Care Quality Commission inspections in December 2021 and January 2022. Caroline Shaw CBE, chief executive at QEH, said: “I ...

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Operation over illegal cigarettes in June’s name

A daughter whose mother died in a Spalding house fire linked to illegal cigarettes, is highlighting the dangers of illicit tobacco. June Buffham (71) lost her life in April 2012 and the fire is believed to have been caused by an illegal Jin Ling cigarette being dropped. “I’ll never forget hearing those words ‘there has been a fire at home ...

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Area’s need for a Night Light Cafe

Services offering mental health support are needed in South Holland more than ever as the pandemic continues to have an impact on residents also facing a hike in living costs. As the funding for the continuation of Spalding’s Night Light Cafe is yet to be confirmed, county councillors are told demand is increasing. Spalding’s Tonic Health hosts the cafe in ...

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