Health

Those aged 38 and over as well as people with a mental illness urged to book COVID-19 vaccination

Those aged 38 and over and people with mental health issues are now being encouraged to book a COVID-19 vaccine. Those with illnesses such as such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were added to vaccine priority group six earlier this year, alongside people with learning disabilities. Adults with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment ...

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New coronavirus test centre opens

A COVID-19 testing centre has opened in Spalding for people who have no symptoms. Lincolnshire County Council has opened the new lateral flow testing site at Four Seasons House, 10 Enterprise Way, PE11 3YR.The facility is open from Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm.The doors opened on Monday, but there was no sign-posting ...

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NHS call for people to keep second vaccine appointments while over 45s can now book for first dose.

People in Lincolnshire who are booked in during April to have their second COVID vaccination are being urged to keep their appointments. To-date across the UK, the NHS has given over 39 million vaccines as at 13 April, including over seven million second doses, which means that over one in ten people have now received both a first and a ...

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Views sought on your health

It’s a year since COVID-19 turned life in South Holland on its head, and a local group is looking for your views on how your health has been affected. Healthwatch Lincolnshire, a group that looks to be the mouthpiece for patients in the county, is looking for people to complete a survey on their health, 12 months after a similar ...

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Spalding’s Johnson Hospital upgrade to go live next week with bookable appointments

Bookable appointments will be just one of the new benefits on offer at Spalding’s new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), which will open next week on Thursday, April 1. As previously reported the town’s existing Minor Injury Unit at Johnson Community Hospital is being upgraded to an Urgent Treatment Centre to offer a range of urgent care services to the local ...

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Service to remember those in Lincolnshire who have lost their lives from COVID-19

A service is to be streamed to remember those who have lost their lives through COVID-19 on the anniversary of the first patients with the virus being admitted to Lincolnshire hospitals. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is holding the service in partnership with St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham. It will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, March 23 and will ...

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Community unites to help mum and baby

A struggling mum and her baby boy have been overwhelmed with support following an appeal to help with heating and food. A post on The Holbeach Heroes COVID Bank Facebook page recently detailed how the single mum, who is a key worker on maternity leave, was finding it difficult to heat her home and afford food. The Holbeach area woman, ...

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Abuse of vaccination staff will be reported to police

NHS Lincolnshire has said anyone abusing staff at COVID vaccination and testing sites will be reported to the police. A spokesman for the CCG said staff at the sites, as well as at some GP practices, have been subjected to abuse in recent weeks. He said: “We want to be very clear – abuse of any kind is unacceptable and ...

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NHS worry over more town homes

There are concerns over healthcare provision in Holbeach after the NHS raised issues over the number of new houses being built in the town. It has requested a sizeable donation from a planning application submitted for 185 homes off Battlefields Lane in the town. Outline planning permission has been granted for the site on several previous occasions but are no ...

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Support for three-year-old ‘warrior’ Michael’s new battle

A Gedney Hill family have been touched by the support from the community after their three-year-old ‘glorious leader’ was diagnosed with leukaemia. Mum and dad Lisa Bell and James Lidgey-Hutt have been left devastated after son Michael was diagnosed with the cancer last month. Now they’re being offered support with Michael’s uncle Jeoffrey Bell looking to wax his legs to ...

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South Holland residents urged to continue to follow guidelines with area in top five in country for COVID-19 infections

South Holland residents are being urged to continue to socially distance and wash their hands with the area currently having the fifth highest COVID-19 infection rate in England – more than double the national average. According to the latest government statistics as The Voice went to press on Wednesday, South Holland’s infection rate was 203.1 per 100,000 of the population. ...

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Over 60s can book COVID-19 jab appointments

Anyone over 60 in Lincolnshire who has not had a dose of the COVID-19 vaccination can now book a slot at one of the county’s main hubs. A CCG spokesman, said: “People aged 60 and over are now able to arrange their appointment at one of Lincolnshire’s Large Vaccination Centres (Boston’s PRSA or the Lincolnshire Showground) by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or calling 119 ...

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Foster family’s help for Destiny

A Pinchbeck family whose 19-month-old daughter was recently diagnosed with leukaemia have received a much needed boost thanks to a foster family’s charity walk. Kaylee and Luke Portor say they knew something was seriously wrong straight after daughter Destiny’s birth, but only received the partial diagnosis three weeks ago. Health officials have said they believe Destiny has other conditions, so ...

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Cost of COVID-19 to health group is revealed

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost Lincolnshire’s county Care Commissioning Group £38.2m to the end of January. A report to the board of the group (CCG) outlines the cost in terms of finance, and the impact on other services across the county. “Lincolnshire has continued to experience a high number of positive cases as a county over the last month; however ...

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‘Excellent progress’ made on vaccinations in Lincolnshire as next stage begins

The first round of vaccinations for over 70s in Lincolnshire has been completed with the over 65s and those with underlying health conditions now being called for them. Lincolnshire Care Commissioning Group say they’re making “excellent progress” after offering the first dose of a vaccine to everyone in the first four identified groups. A CCG spokesperson said: “We are making ...

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Ambulance driver Emilie’s thanks for those who saved her life and supported her COVID-19 battle

An ambulance driver who nearly died from COVID-19 has thanked those who saved her life and members of the public who helped raise thousands of pounds for her. Emilie Sanderson is now back at home and continuing her recovery after her family and partner Simon were told to expect the worst on Christmas Eve. After contracting the virus in November, ...

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‘Hugely positive news’ as hospital is set to reopen as Urgent Treatment Centre in April

Spalding’s Johnson Hospital is set to get an upgrade and become an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) when it reopens to walk-in patients in April. The site and the Minor Injury Unit (MIU) was closed to walk-in patients in March with the onset of the first lockdown and has remained that way since, despite other community hospitals re-opening. But last week ...

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Family’s vaccine boost

A South Holland family believe they could be the most vaccinated family in the country after they were called to have their COVID-19 vaccines on the same day. Wendy Rate and her daughter Zoe, who work at West Elloe pharmacy in Spalding, were called to go for the first round of the vaccine at Springfields on Friday, January 22. And ...

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Call for vaccine sites in Long Sutton area

A roving COVID-19 vaccine centre may be needed to ensure a site is within ten miles of the Long Sutton area. District and county councillor Chris Brewis has been campaigning for a place so the likes of that town, Sutton Bridge and Crowland can access the jab closer to home. It follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying the government was ...

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Health bosses delighted as ‘around 60 per cent’ of Lincolnshire care home residents and over 80s have received vaccine doses

Lincolnshire health bosses have said they’re ‘delighted’ with the vaccine roll out in the county after it was revealed nearly 50,000 have received doses so far. Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group say that around 60 per cent of care home residents and people aged over 80 have received vaccinations. The government is now announcing daily and weekly updates on the number ...

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