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across Lincolnshire."

South Lincolnshire CCG Listening Event- come and share your health and care stories
The NHS in Lincolnshire is inviting anyone who has a story to tell about health or care services to come along and share their experience on Tuesday 14 July 2015 9:30am -12:30pm, Patio Room, Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Camelgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 6ET.
The event will be attended by representatives from across the health and care community who will be on hand to listen to the experiences of patients, carers and their families.
The morning will include a welcome and opening presentation from a senior nurse and a listening section where the public will be joined by health and care representatives to share their experiences. A coffee break will follow and the event will finish with an informal session where attendees will have the opportunity to find out what each organisation does within the health and care community.
Lynne Moody, Director of Quality & Executive Nurse for South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“By working closely with patients, family members and carers, our shared goal is to help shape the future of health and social care services in Lincolnshire.
We are encouraging the public to come along and share their personal experiences of the healthcare services they have received, these experiences will allow us to make sure that the services we provide across the county are safe and high quality for everyone”
Organisations attending the event include; representatives from the four Lincolnshire CCGs*, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and Lincolnshire County Council, Chaplaincy and PALS.
Anyone who is interested to attend the event on 14 July in Spalding, is asked to register by emailing public.engagement@gemcsu.nhs.uk or calling 01522 515364.
Technology is helping stroke patients in Lincolnshire to improve their speech and language skills.
New iPads are now in use in stroke units at Lincoln, Boston Pilgrim and Grantham hospitals, supporting speech and language therapists with intensive therapy sessions for patients with swallowing and communication difficulties.
The seven iPads have been paid for with thanks to a charitable donation of almost £3,000 from the Lincolnshire-based Bromhead Medical Charity.
Speech and language therapists from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) are part of the multi-disciplinary teams working alongside colleagues from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to assess, diagnose and treat patients immediately following a stroke.
Angela Shimada, Advanced Speech and Language Therapist at LCHS, said: "Traditionally, we have used a range of therapy exercises, including drills and exercises with a pen and paper. However, this can be repetitive for patients who are now used to using technology in their day-to-day routines.
"The advances in technology mean we can offer patients the use of the latest therapy apps, and the tablets offer extra motivation and incentive to stimulate patients. Each iPad offers the ability to record and playback sound and videos, and the opportunity for patients to continue therapy in between professionally-led sessions at their bedside."
Cecil Hunter, of Lincoln, has used an iPad for the majority of his therapy after a stroke left him in aphasia, a condition which can affect understanding, talking, reading and writing.
Cecil (87) said he found using an iPad "really great" and "easy". He said using the iPad had given him "confidence".
Angela added: "The iPads are already proving to be a popular and useful addition to therapy for both patients and staff, and on behalf of everyone in the stroke team I would like to say a special thank you to the Bromhead Medical Charity."
Steve Taylor, of the charity, said: "We are delighted to have supported stroke patients throughout Lincolnshire in this innovative way. It's part of nearly £4million we have granted to individuals and healthcare organisations in Lincolnshire since 2001."

Innovative work to help ensure communities have the right nursing and therapy staff to support them has been shortlisted for a national award.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has developed a method to review individual communities' needs based on a range of information, including public health data, population size, activity data, the seriousness of patient conditions (acuity), how frequently patients are treated for specific conditions (prevalence) and best practice for workforce planning.

The work is being used to help design future community nursing and therapy services - and has now been recognised as a finalist in the Workforce Efficiency category of the respected Health Service Journal's (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

Lisa Green, Deputy Chief Nurse at LCHS, explained: "Lincolnshire is a diverse county and we know that the needs of one area may not be the same as another. Our method is helping us to understand how we can better support patients to receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. There is currently very little national guidance on skill mix within community services, so we are proud to be at the forefront of this work."

LCHS is the largest provider of community healthcare in Lincolnshire, with services including district and specialist nursing and therapy, which care for patients at home or as close to home as possible.

Ms Green added: "We've undertaken a significant amount of research in developing this formula, taking into account theoretical models and best practice nationally alongside our own local historical data and the practical expertise of our teams. Not only does this help improve quality and safety of care for local communities, it also helps us to grow a team which has better professional development opportunities in delivering modern healthcare, increases the amount of patient-facing time they have and makes us a more efficient and effective organisation."

The award winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on September 22.
Two things to do ahead of your summer holiday

We all look forward to holidays.  Planning our trips, buying a summer wardrobe, checking travel documents, but with so many things to remember some of the most essential items can get left behind.  This is why South Lincolnshire CCG is reminding people to visit to their local pharmacy as part of their plans and preparation for their break. Travellers’ diarrhoea is the most common health problem to affect travellers abroad, with between 20-60 per cent of travellers affected. Imagine you’re on holiday and you’re suddenly struck down with vomiting and diarrhoea, but you’ve forgotten to pack the diarrhoea tablets, oops, or you’ve discovered that the repeat prescription you thought you’d arranged is actually sitting on the sideboard. Well, a quick visit to your local pharmacy before your holiday can help take those worries away.

Make sure you have on your list: 
            •           Repeat prescriptions – Check?
            •           Basic first aid kit, including diarrhoea tablets – Check?

Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: 

“We encourage patients to talk to their local pharmacist if they are on medication for any long term condition, such as asthma, diabetes or a heart condition to make sure that the have sufficient medication while they are away.  

“It is also useful to put together a basic first aid kit which your pharmacist can help with.  This can help to treat any minor illnesses or injuries whilst you’re away.”

Adding these items to your holiday ‘to do’ list will help to avoid unnecessary worries whilst you’re away from home.  

A basic first aid kit will help with minor ailments, such as stomach upsets, allergies, headaches, sunburn, insect bites, aches and sprains and strains.  A really useful interactive First Aid Kit guide can be found at www.nhs.uk . This can help to ensure that you have everything you need, or you can talk to your local pharmacy who can offer you advice.

Be sure to check the rules about the types of medicines you are allowed to take into the country and the maximum quantity you can take.  Different countries have different regulations and some medicines available over the counter in the UK may be controlled in other countries and vice versa.

If you’re travelling in Europe be sure to have and carry with you a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).  This is available free at www.ehic.org.uk . It will enable you to access state-provided healthcare in European Economic Area (EEA) countries, including Switzerland, at a reduced cost, or sometimes for free.  It will also cover treatment until you return to the UK. More information is available at www.nhs.uk/EHIC  as well as guidance on applying for a Card.

Patients attending a community clinic in Alford are benefiting from improved facilities.
Those using the twice weekly lower limb and wound clinics at Alford War Memorial Hall will have noticed it has been given a makeover.
The town's community nurses have worked with volunteers from the Friends of Alford Hospital at the War Memorial Hall to help bring the room used for clinics at the facility up to date.
Kerry Bareham, Clinical Team Lead for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), said: "Our whole ethos is about providing excellent care at home or as close to home as possible, and using facilities in our communities is vital to that. We have been very pleased to be able to work with the Friends and one of our trust Infection Prevention and Control clinical nurse specialists with our ideas for improvements to ensure the War Memorial Hall can continue to be used long term for both our patients and staff."
The Friends of Alford Hospital at the War Memorial Hall have invested £1,000 for the refurbishment, which has seen brickwork covered, the sinks moved and the water system connected to the hall's main supply rather than a water heater.
There is also now wi-fi access, meaning nurses can instantly update patient records during clinic sessions.

The work took about three weeks to complete.

Valerie Bradnam, Treasurer for the Friends of Alford Hospital at the War Memorial Hall, added: "The room used by the nurses was built almost 10 years ago and the time had come to make improvements. We have been able to make sure the hall complies with the most up-to-date hygiene standards and it is now an even better facility for the community to use. It looks lovely."

Anyone who would like more information about the Friends of Alford Hospital at the War Memorial Hall or the hall itself can contact Valerie on 01507 466353.
A Lincolnshire matron attended the Queen's Garden party after being nominated by a patient's family for her dedicated work around frailty.

Kim Barr, matron at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) spent the afternoon at the Queen's garden party accompanied by her husband Robert.

"We thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a fantastic atmosphere and a real honour to be invited," said Kim.

"I was nominated by a patient's family and also for the work I have been doing in exploring how we can better support those who are frail."

Kim started her nursing career in 1979 in London and specialised in Acute and Intensive Care running the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Free Hospital. After moving to Lincolnshire, Kim started as a Practice Nurse developing the role into a Nurse Practitioner and then worked in the community setting as a Specialist Nurse and developed her interest in the care of frail older persons. She joined LCHS in 2000.

On arrival at Buckingham Place, the couple were taken to the gardens where they had a chance to soak up the impressive surroundings.

After enjoying the famous afternoon tea, they joined the crowds who lined up to meet The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Ann, Princess Beatrice and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Kim will be spending more time in London throughout the year due to securing one of only 24 places on the King's College Older Person's Nurse Fellowship.

The one-year part-time post-graduate course is sponsored by Health Education England and will see Kim travel to King's College London once  a month to hear from national experts and sharing ideas around the quality safety, service transformation and innovation in older person's care.

Kim added: "It was brilliant to be able to meet and talk with the other guests and find out why they had also been invited. The whole day was fantastic and we were really lucky with the weather too."
The next Board meeting for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) will take place on Tuesday, June 30.
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:
the patient voice - a mother will be discussing her daughter's experience within the Out of Hours Service;
the signing off of the quality account 2015/16;
to receive the annual accounts, annual report 2015/16 and sign off the annual audit letter.
LCHS Chair Elaine Baylis 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 provide services in the heart of the Spalding, Skegness, Louth and Gainsborough.
Infant feeding co-ordinators, health visitors and school nursing team work in the community to keep children healthy.
Out of hours services, Lincoln's Walk In Centre and Peterborough Minor Illness and Injury Unit provide primary healthcare to patients.
LCHS also has the Phoenix NHS Stop Smoking Service and sexual health service to provide advice, information and treatment to improve people's health.

Not sure if it's an emergency? Call 111

With winter upon us and seasonal illnesses like flu and tummy bugs are circulating, pressure on the NHS increases. Help is at hand for people to understand the importance of accessing the right services first time.

If you’re generally fit and healthy, you may be unsure what to do or where to go with unexpected or urgent healthcare needs. In most instances people don’t need A&E or 999, and accessing more suitable healthcare could result in being seen quicker.

You should call NHS 111 if:

            •           you need medical help fast, but it is not a 999 emergency;
            •           you think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service;
            •           you don’t know who to call for medical help or you don’t have a GP to call; or
            •           you require health information or reassurance about what to do next.

For less urgent health needs you should still contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.

NHS111 makes it easy for you to access healthcare advice when you need medical help fast, but it’s not a life-threatening situation.

Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: 

“NHS111 is a free number, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The highly trained call handlers can provide health advice, put you in touch with the right service, arrange to have you seen by a doctor or call you an ambulance.  The service is manned by trained call handlers with nurses on site to offer support if needed. Callers’ symptoms are assessed and they are given the healthcare advice they need or are directed immediately to the right service, first time.”

Those with internet access can also visit: http://www.nhs.uk/111