NHS Lincolnshire is responsible for improving health and health services for the people of Lincolnshire.
"NHS Lincolnshire is at the heart of your local NHS.
We are responsible for commissioning (planning and buying) healthcare for approximately 740,000 people
across Lincolnshire."

The next Board meeting for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) will take place on Tuesday, November 25.
The monthly meeting will start at 1pm in the Royal Oak Boardroom at the trust's headquarters at Bridge House, The Point, Sleaford, NG34 8GG.

Items due to be discussed this month include updates on finance, performance and the Chief Inspector of Hospital's CQC inspection. The meeting will also feature a patient story which focuses on the Macmillan service.

Dr Don White, Chairman of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: "Our monthly Board meetings provide the public with an opportunity to find out more about the organisation, the services we provide and how well we are performing. The public are very welcome to attend and listen to the discussions."

LCHS runs services across the whole of Lincolnshire with district nurses, specialist nurses and teams of therapists working to keep people out of hospital or get them home sooner. Four community  hospitals also provide services in the heart of Spalding, Skegness, Gainsborough and Louth.
Infant feeding co-ordinators, health visitors and school nursing teams work in the community to keep children healthy.
Out of hours services, Lincoln's Walk In Centre, Peterborough Minor Illness and Injury Unit, and five community practices provide primary healthcare to patients.
LCHS also has the Phoenix Stop Smoking Service and sexual health services to provide advice, information and treatment to improve people's health.

Visit: http://www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nhs.uk

Three senior nurses in the Gainsborough Community Nursing Team have received awards from the Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI).
Clinical Team Leader Ruth Dymock and District Nurse Case Manager Nicola Amos have both been awarded the Queen's Nurse title, while District Nurse Case Manager Kay Hargreaves has received the QNI Long Service Award. Gainsborough's Community Nursing Team, which is part of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), delivers care to patients every day in their own homes. The Queen's Nurse title marks Ruth and Nicola's continued commitment to the delivery of high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. The Long Service Award is available to community nurses who have completed 21 years or more of service. Kay has been a nurse for 31 years, with 25 of those working in the community. On behalf of the team, Ruth said: "We are delighted, particularly as this achievement reflects the commitment and experience of the whole team. As we move forward, it is important not to forget our core practice of community nursing, putting the patient firmly at the centre of development of quality professional care." LCHS Chief Nurse and Director of Operations Sue Cousland added: "I am really pleased that Ruth, Nicola and Kay have been recognised in this way for their respective achievements. This is excellent news both for them as individuals and for the organisation. We remain committed to supporting the development of our staff to ensure they are well equipped with the knowledge and skills required to care for patients in Lincolnshire."

Alcohol Awareness

The need for safer drinking has been put firmly back into the spotlight recently with the national news reporting that Britain is the addiction capital of Europe.

In 1987, when alcohol guidance was published, it was set out as a maximum advised number of units per week, which was 21 for men and 14 for women.

However, studies published in the early 1990s suggested a small amount of alcohol might be good for the heart. This led to a reframing of the guidance as a daily intake: no more than three to four units a day for men and two to three for women. Those who drink the maximum every day are therefore well above the earlier limits.

Alcohol’s hidden harms usually only emerge after a number of years. And by then, serious health problems can have developed.

Liver problems, reduced fertility, high blood pressure, increased risk of various cancers and heart attack are some of the numerous harmful effects of regularly drinking above recommended levels. 

The effects of alcohol on your health will depend on how much you drink. The more you drink, the greater the health risks. 

Lower-risk drinking means that you have a low risk of causing yourself future harm. However, drinking consistently within these limits is called 'lower-risk', rather than 'safe', because drinking alcohol is never completely safe.

NHS recommendations for lower risk drinking state that:

          •        men should not exceed 3-4 units a day on a regular basis 
          •        women should not exceed 2-3 units a day on a regular basis 

Miles Langdon, Chair of South Lincolnshire CCG says;

"Pregnant women or women trying to conceive should not drink alcohol. When you drink, alcohol reaches your baby through the placenta. Too much exposure to alcohol can seriously affect your baby's development. If you choose to drink, do not drink more than 1-2 units of alcohol once or twice a week, and do not get drunk. This will minimise the risk to the baby.

Safer drinking is something we all need to put into practice. Most people who have alcohol-related health problems aren’t alcoholics. They're simply people who have regularly drunk more than the recommended levels for some years.

There's no guaranteed safe level of drinking, but if you drink below recommended daily limits, the risks of harming your health are low. Don’t save up your weekly unit “allowance” for the weekend as drinking larger amounts in a small space of time is more damaging to your health than drinking moderately during the week."

If you are concerned about your drinking you can discuss it with your GP. For further information visit www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol

Patients in need of spinal injections no longer need to travel outside of Lincolnshire for their treatment.

Spinal injection clinics and treatments are being offered at John Coupland Hospital in Gainsborough, thanks to a partnership between Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) and the One Health Group.

The partnership sees specialist consultant anaesthetists from the One Health Group delivering treatments, supported by nursing staff from LCHS's combined outpatient and surgical team.

The monthly clinic is already supporting patients from across the county.

Emma Briggs, Sister at the Day Surgery Unit for LCHS, said: "We have been working with the One Health Group for a number of years, with visiting orthopaedic consultants holding regular clinics in the Outpatients department at John Coupland Hospital. However, any patient requiring treatment would need to travel out of the county to Sheffield. This partnership means we can improve the continuity of care patients receive by supporting them to access a seamless service in one place. The feedback we have received about introducing this treatment in Lincolnshire has been overwhelmingly positive."

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chief Executive of the One Health Group, Derek Bickerstaff, said: "Our ethos within One Health is to deliver as much healthcare as possible back in the community. Our partnership with Lincolnshire Community Health Services is another step towards helping us to achieve that. We look forward to continuing to work with them to improve the quality of care for patients in Lincolnshire."