Health

Don’t neglect health check ups

Health bosses are encouraging patients to get tested for suspected bladder cancer after a number of people choose not to attend their appointment. Since June this year, over 70 people have declined a cystoscopy test for suspected bladder cancer saying they would not be able to self-isolate for 72 hours before their appointment because of work or other commitments. Andrew ...

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Helping to feed those most in need

South Holland companies and groups have been helping feed youngsters this half term after MPs voted not to fund school meals during the half term and at Christmas. One business owner said she served 75 free meals in the first two days of the campaign inspired by Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford. He campaigned to extend the free ...

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MP’s urge on lockdown as virus cases rise

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes has urged against lockdown restrictions for the area as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. More schools have been affected in the area in recent weeks while Pilgrim Hospital has closed three wards and stopped visitors from attending after an outbreak there The Voice understands local care homes are also being affected ...

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Shortage of chemicals leads to delays in blood tests

Patients are experiencing delays in routine blood tests due to a shortage of chemicals. The Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group say a problem with NHS supplier Roche is the reason why GP practices are not able to meet demand for tests currently. A spokesman for the Lincolnshire CCG said: “Unfortunately the problems being experienced by NHS supplier Roche are not fully ...

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Three wards closed after COVID-19 outbreak at hospital

Three separate wards at Pilgrim Hospital have been closed off after ‘a number’ of patients and staff tested positive for COVID-19. United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust, which runs the Boston hospital, says it believes the cases in wards that are not linked are connected. A spokesman said: “We have a number of patients and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 ...

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Pub remains open after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

A team of staff working at a Spalding pub are self-isolating after a colleague tested positive for COVID-19. The Punchbowl in New Road remains open with another team of staff serving customers. The pub is overseen by the Craft Union Pub Company which said that the government track and trace system had been informed. A spokesperson for The Punchbowl said: ...

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MP cuts the ribbon on new Spalding care home

South Hollands and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes has cut the ribbon on Spalding’s newest care home. Fenchurch House is County Court’s 33rd care home and has been built on the site of the former Goodfellows School on Spalding Common. It can home up to 60 people offer long term residential care, short-term respite care and specialist dementia care. ...

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GP surgery is to stay at Johnson?

A ‘temporary’ arrangement to run a GP service at Spalding’s Johnson Hospital is to stay at the community hospital for at least another two years. The service was first established after the Pennygate Surgery closed its doors in August 2018. At the time the new surgery was said to be at the hospital only as a temporary measure. The Lincolnshire ...

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Mum’s life saved by quick thinking staff

A healthcare worker has thanked her colleagues for saving her life in the first week of a new job. Quick thinking staff at Tulip Dental Surgery administered two adrenaline shots to mum-of-one Madeleine Burton after she suffered an extreme allergic reaction last Thursday, her fourth day working for the Woolram Wygate practice. Staff at Pilgrim Hospital say their swift actions ...

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South Holland residents ‘behaving themselves’ over virus – council leader

Most people in South Holland are “behaving themselves”, the district council’s leader has said in relation to low numbers of COVID-19 case in the area. Lord Gary Porter told a meeting of the authority’s Full Council that the area hadn’t seen large increases in the coronavirus as experienced elsewhere leading to extra measures, including that pubs close at 10pm. Lord ...

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Amazing Alfie (2) walks 27 miles to help other families like his

An incredible two-year-old who has fought off a host of medical issues has completed a 27-mile sponsored walk. Alfie Barraclough, of Holbeach, has raised over £1,000 for the charity Bliss which helps the family of premature or sick babies such as himself. Alfie was born 12 weeks premature, weighing just 1lb 7oz and has battled health issues for most of ...

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QEH buys BMI hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has bought a private facility which shares its site. The King’s Lynn-based hospital, which also serves South Lincolnshire, has bought the private BMI Sandringham Hospital which is next door at the Gayton Road site. Members of the board of directors and governors council have approved the purchase this week. The 76 staff will be transferred from ...

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Learn all the signs of sepsis

A health group in Lincolnshire is urging you to get to know the warning signs of sepsis. As part of World Sepsis Day, Lincolnshire Care Commissioning Group is urging the public to be aware of the signs and symptoms of sepsis to protect themselves and others from this life-threatening condition.The number of people developing sepsis is increasing, with around 123,000 ...

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Help shape health care

South Holland residents are being encouraged to get involved with a new panel being set up to help provide a voice for the public on healthcare in the county. The NHS has launched Lincolnshire’s first ever Citizens’ Panel to ensure the county’s residents are heard during upcoming crucial healthcare planning.And there’s a chance those who get involved could be £250 ...

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Primary school reacts after COVID-19 case confirmation

A number of children are being taught at home after a confirmed case of COVID-19 was identified at a Spalding primary school. St John the Baptist School in Hawthorn Bank say a ‘member of the school community’ tested positive for the virus. It’s now said how many children are working from home this week following Friday’s positive test. Headteacher Paul ...

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Brothers Crimewatch appeal

The son of murder victim Claire Hart and their sister Charlotte have appeared on national television as part of an awareness campaign. Luke and Ryan Hart have spoken publicly about the domestic abuse which culminated in their father Lance killing both women in the car park of Castle Sports Complex. He took his own life in the same incident. Luke ...

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Family’s plea to speak out about mental health after 20-year-old’s body found in Whaplode park

A family are urging those struggling with mental health to speak out as they come to terms with the loss of 20-year-old Blaine Sheppard. His body was found at around 6am on Saturday morning in a Whaplode park close to his home. Blaine’s death, which is believed to have been suicide, has come as a complete shock to his family ...

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Trial to see if dogs can smell out COVID-19

Hospital staff in Lincolnshire are taking part in a trial to see if medical detection dogs could help to diagnose COVID-19. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Pilgrim Hospital in Boston and Lincoln County Hospital has invited colleagues to take part in the research project to find alternative ways to diagnose those infected with the virus.The acute sense of smell ...

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Thanks for saving my life

A Holbeach man who has raised thousands for local charities has thanked those who helped save his own life recently – including buying one person a washing machine. Les Ward (75) was discovered unconscious at his Wilders Garth home on Friday, July 17, by friend Brenda Twigg. She alerted the ambulance and the police, with officers PC Chris Quinlan and ...

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Little Alfie’s huge charity effort

A remarkable two-year-old who was born 12-weeks premature weighing just 1lb 7oz is undertaking a 27-mile charity challenge. Alfie Barraclough’s parents Amber and Shaun were told to ‘prepare for the worst’ when it was realised how small he was when Amber was 20-weeks pregnant. Alfie at birth He was born just eight weeks later by emergency caesarian when he was ...

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