Health

Rule to be tested at hospital

A hospital that serves South Holland is one of eight in the East Midlands to test the new Martha’s Rule. Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital is one of 143 chosen nationally for the test. The purpose of Martha’s Rule is to provide a consistent and understandable way for patients and families to seek an urgent review if their or their loved one’s ...

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Trust’s £37m over cerebral palsy

The trust that runs Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital has paid out £37m in damages to families affected by cerebral palsy due to negligence in the last 11 years. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) had 11 incidents in that period, data collated by a medical negligence law firm claims.Lime Solicitors said the results of its Freedom of Information requests to trusts ...

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Medical amnesty goes down nicely

A medical amnesty at a Spalding medical centre has seen over £3,000 worth of equipment and drugs returned. Beechfield Medical Centre’s Patient Participation Group organised the amnesty throughout April to encourage and promote the safe disposal of unused, out of date or unwanted medications.A spokesman for the Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board said: “The response received from patients was extraordinary and ...

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GP’s warning over healthcare

Lincolnshire faces a healthcare funding crisis that could push the already strained GP sector into the abyss if more money isn’t made available, a local doctor and medical expert has warned councillors. Dr Reid Baker, a GP and medical director of the Lincolnshire Local Medical Committee, said that despite the hard work of those within the sector, the current model ...

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Staff step up for hospital

Sessions for those with a painful condition are to reopen in Spalding.Chrissy Johnson has previously held a fibromyalgia support group in the town.It’s now set to relaunch after the charity Tonic Health’s community coordinator Jo Ireland felt it was needed after speaking to local people.The first session will be June 13 from 1pm to 3pm at Tonic Health’s Broadgate House ...

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Family baking– up charity efforts

A Moulton mum is putting on a Zumbathon for a charity which has helped her daughter who has a brain tumour. Both Jannine Sandell and her 16-year-old daughter Lily have a condition called Neurofibromatosis or NF1 for short.Due to the condition, Lily has a brain tumour, hydrocephalus, scoliosis, mobility issues and social and emotional issues. Jannine has minimal symptoms as ...

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Helping build connections

Spalding’s Community Connectors are holding fortnightly coffee and cake drop in sessions for those who may need them. Vanessa Collins and Jo Ireland are based at Tonic Health at Broadgate House on Westlode Street.“Our job is about connecting people to local services that are right for them, whatever that might be,” Jo said. “It helps people meet even more faces.“Anyone ...

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Awards see caring staff celebrated

Some of the South Holland’s most caring people were recognised at the Lincolnshire Care Awards last week. Clayton Hosier from Brun Lea Care Home in Spalding took home the Residential Care Award.Ana Peixoto from Capricorn Cottage, Fleet, was highly commended in the Residential Care category and Mandy Secker, from Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital Trust, was highly commended in the ...

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Autism hub is launched in Lincs

A new support service for people with autism in Lincolnshire has been launched and claims to be one of the first of its kind in the UK. The Virtual Autism Hub, run by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been created to help autistic people of all ages, and their carers, find and access local support.A dedicated team are now ...

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New support for mental health

Councillors and health officials have welcomed the expansion of the NHS 111 service to include mental health support, saying it’s exactly what Lincolnshire needs post COVID-19. Starting Tuesday, April 2, individuals of all ages calling 111 can press 2 to access urgent mental health support, writes Local Democracy Reporter James Turner.This improved service allows callers to speak with specially trained ...

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More money for busy hospital UTC

More staff have been brought in to work at Spalding Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) based at Johnson Hospital because it’s so busy. Papers submitted to a meeting of the Lincolnshire Community Health NHS Trust, which currently runs the Johnson Hospital, says it’s busier than expected necessitating an update.A total of £421,000 has been allocated for it and the UTC in ...

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Autism and ADHD story told in book

A Spalding man who has neurodiverse children has written a book about how he and his family have coped. James Wand hopes that by self-publishing Autism and ADHD – A Father’s Perspective, he’ll help other parents overcome the many challenges he and wife Emily have faced.Their 13-year-old daughter Mia suffered many issues, particularly with school, and she was diagnosed with ...

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Men talk health at Bro Pro group

A group that aims to bring men together and talking about their health had a special visitor last week. Bro Pro, set up by the Tonic Health charity at its Spalding base, invited Michael Heppell, an advanced clinical practitioner from Beechfield Medical Centre, to its meeting.They discussed a variety of male-specific health matters such as prostate problems, and also other ...

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New project will deliver in area

A councillor says she’s hopeful a new project to provide support for substance abusers will be widely available in South Holland. County councillor and district council deputy leader Tracey Carter said she had been concerned at the lack of support in this area.But she is now ‘optimistic’ a new Lincs Recovery Partnership, adopted by Lincolnshire County Council, will have an ...

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Event to promote county’s health

A group that aims to be the voice of NHS patients in Lincolnshire is hosting an event to get people’s views face-to-face. Healthwatch Lincolnshire’s Your Voice event will take place at Boston United Football Club’s Jakeman’s Stadium from 10am to 1pm on Friday, April 26.The free session will include a host of stalls and a public speaker, Prof Derek Ward, ...

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Time to rethink health service?

The solution to Lincolnshire’s healthcare problems is not as simple as investing more money into the system. Instead, it’s about using resources more wisely and listening to the needs of individual people, according to the county’s public health director. At the Health Scrutiny Committee meeting for Lincolnshire last Wednesday, county councillors put questions to Derek Ward, the local director for ...

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Abuse of pharmacist sparks call

A call has gone out for the public to respect those in public facing services after a councillor spoke of how she had to step in after watching a patient reduce a pharmacist to tears.Coun Glynis Scalese was working as a nurse when she witnessed the incident at West Elloe Pharmacy.“Last week I was disappointed to see two members of ...

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Work starts on new department

Work has begun on constructing the new multi-million pound emergency department at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.The demolition of the building next to the existing emergency department has been completed, foundations have been poured and the concrete infrastructure is being installed for the two-storey new build extension.Once the concrete floors, stairwells, lift shafts and other structural elements are in place, the ...

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Defibrillators installed in town

Seven new defibrillators have been installed around Spalding and a host of others refurbished. South Holland District Council has nine council maintained defibrillators in the district, alongside dozens of others managed by other organisations and businesses.It’s 24/7 services are at the public toilets in Winfrey Avenue, on Broadgate House in Westlode Street and at The Lighthouse in Haverfield Road.Others available ...

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Tearoom success is raising awareness

A family tearoom is at the centre of a year-long awareness campaign to highlight Crohn’s Disease and its impact. Half of the four-strong team at Victoria House in Gosberton are living with the autoimmune condition.And it is now the centre of operations for the campaign to tell people how much of an impact Crohn’s can have.The tea shop was previously ...

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