Health

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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Family’s American trips to help son

A Spalding family who are travelling to America every three-months for life enhancing treatment for their five-year-old are looking to raise awareness of the condition he suffers with. Swaley Webb was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a debilitating disease which means a genetic condition which means his muscles are weakening as he gets older. His mum and dad Ben and ...

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Award for Holbeach pharmacy

Holbeach Co-Op has been named the Gold Pharmacy Branch of the Year. It was named as a joint winner alongside Heckington and Birchwood in Lincoln as part of Lincolnshire Co-Op’s Awards Week. The award is “for the incredible standard of services provided and persevering through the challenges faced through COVID-19,” a spokesman for the company said. Imran Datoo, manager at ...

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New Mental Health Support Team looks set to be launched in Spalding

Spalding looks likely to have its own Mental Health Support Team from later this year due to a new funding partnership. The teams are a new model to offer mental health support in schools and colleges. “Half of all life-long mental health problems in the UK start before the age of 14 and three-quarters start before the age of 25. ...

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Drop in vaccination centre at Springfields tomorrow

Teenagers are being urged to get their next COVID-19 jabs ahead of the Easter holidays and with Springfields hosting a drop-in vaccination session tomorrow (Saturday, March 26). The pop-up centre is open at the conference centre between 10am and 5pm including boosters and first and second doses for anyone eligible including 12–15-year-olds provided a parent/guardian is present to consent.  Lincolnshire ...

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Diamond operation for Holbeach man (82)

A Holbeach man has become one of the first patients to undergo a new procedure at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, which uses diamonds to help correct abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmia). An ablation is a procedure which uses either heat (radiofrequency ablation) or freezing (cryoablation) on the problematic area of the heart that is triggering the dangerously fast rhythm. This ...

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