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across Lincolnshire."

New Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) service for Lincolnshire

A new specialist community Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) service will launch across three Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups on 1 April 2015.

The new service will be available to patients in Lincolnshire East CCG, Lincolnshire West CCG and South Lincolnshire CCG, and will offer patients expert outpatient care across a network of conveniently located community-based clinics.

“The Community Outpatients ENT service will offer patients a choice of location, time and day of appointment,” explains Dr John Parkin, Executive GP for Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group.  “This is an exciting opportunity to bring the hospital based Ear, Nose and Throat service into the community.  The community-based clinics have been selected to be closer to patients’ homes and offer extended opening times.”

The new service is the result of a procurement run by Lincolnshire West CCG, Lincolnshire East CCG and South Lincolnshire CCG, plus neighbouring Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, with a bid submitted by Community Outpatients ultimately judged to be the best, in terms of quality and finance.

Once a patient has been referred by their GP, they will have rapid access via the community-based clinic for diagnosis and treatment of their ENT issues. 

Community Outpatients will work in partnership with existing primary, specialist community and secondary care services, including United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, and will aim to see and treat patients in one attendance where possible.  Those patients who require additional assessment will be referred on by Community Outpatients. 



Two further Queen's Nurse titles have been awarded to staff at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) - taking the total to 15.

Samantha Preston, is a Community Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist and Sharon Rolfe, a Case Manager, have both been awarded the prestigious title of Queen's Nurse, by community nursing charity The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI).

The title is not an award for past service, but indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.

Samantha said: "I wanted to become a Queen's Nurse to show my commitment to community nursing, to improve patient care and maintain quality standards to benefit and make a difference to patients' lives."

She added: "My focus for the rest of this year is on the challenges of my new role. I will be supporting patients in need of palliative and end of life care and will also be taking an educational role involving training other members of staff. It is a really rewarding position - very interesting but challenging."

Samantha will soon be celebrating 30 years of working in the NHS. Her career started in 1986 when she undertook her nurse training. Throughout the past three decades she has worked at Boston Pilgrim Hospital in general surgery, as a Community Nurse, as a Team Lead at Mablethorpe and as a Case Manager. She has recently taken up a new position as Community Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mablethorpe.

Sharon has been working in community nursing for almost six years, having qualified in 2009. She was promoted to Case Manager in January and is enjoying her new role which sees her leading a team in Mablethorpe, dealing with more complex cases and helping families with palliative care.

Sharon said: "I always received positive feedback for going above and beyond for patients through working to the best of my ability. I feel that being awarded the QN title is recognition for this.

"My 12-year-old son thought the title meant I would be treating the Queen but he's still excited for me after realising what it does entail!"

She added: "My hope, through the title, is to explore additional support for patients suffering from leg ulcers. I want to be able to encourage social engagement as they are often isolated patients who only see visitors when we come to treat them."

Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive of the QNI, said: "Congratulations are due to both Sharon and Samantha for their success. Community nurses operate in an ever more challenging world and our role is to support them as effectively as we can. The QN title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply."


South Lincolnshire CCG supports World Autism Day

South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is raising awareness of  ASD as part of World Autism Day on 2 April 2015.  

We know that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects at least 700,000 people, or more than 1 in 100 people in the UK.  Autism is a lifelong social communication disorder affecting how a person communicates, interacts and relates to other people.  Having ASD will affect how the individual sees the world and makes sense of the world around them.  

Being a spectrum condition means that, while all people with an autism spectrum condition will share certain key difficulties (social communication and interaction), the way in which each person experiences their condition will be different, and there will be varying levels of how much this will impact on the persons day to day life.  People with autism may also experience over or under-sensitivity to their senses. For example; sound, touch, taste, smell, light or colour. It is more common for people who have autism to have a learning disability and / or mental health problem than the general population and, as such, it is important that relevant health and care services are able to understand the condition. 

Dr Kevin Hill Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG said:

“Statistically ASD affects more males than females, however the reason for this remains unclear. If you are worried about the development of your child then contact your local GP surgery. There is no individual test to confirm a diagnosis of ASD, the diagnosis is based on a range of features the child is displaying.  Any diagnosis offers an insight into the individuality of your child and in turn gives parents a chance to guide their development and growth.  

“If you are an adult and you think you may have ASD then again contact your GP and ask to be referred to a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. The National Autistic Society website also contains a wealth of information for patients, parents, relatives and carers. Visit http://www.autism.org.uk for more information. 

The All-Age Autism Strategy for Lincolnshire will be launched at an event on 2 April at The Auditorium, Alive Conference Centre, Newland, Lincoln, from 10:30am – 5:00pm.  

Cllr Mrs Patricia Bradwell, executive member for health, children's and adult's services at Lincolnshire County Council said:

"We will be launching the event with our partners wanted to take the opportunity to really celebrate the strengths of people with autism when we launch the new strategy for Lincolnshire.  

"The event is open to all, whether you have lived experience of autism or not. Everyone is welcome to drop-in throughout the day to learn more about the
condition from people who are experts – those living with autism, which affects around 6,000 people in our county."


South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group to commission GP medical services from April

NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been given the go-ahead to commission GP medical services from April 2015. 

NHS England announced that the CCG – which is responsible for planning, buying and monitoring healthcare services on behalf of the people of south Lincolnshire – was successful in its application to take on additional commissioning responsibilities. 

Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “I am pleased to announce that our application has been approved by NHS England. This means that from April this year, working together with local NHS England colleagues, we will commission GP medical services across south Lincolnshire.  

“We are one of 64 CCGs across the country that has been approved to take on ‘delegated’ commissioning responsibility for GP medical services. This is a positive step for our CCG towards commissioning – or buying - services that are focused on improving outcomes for patients through more joined up and integrated models of care. 

“This is also a welcome step towards investment in primary and community services that will see the development of continuing improvements to commission local high quality care for our patients now and for the future.”

South Lincolnshire CCG joins 63 other CCGs across England that have been successful in providing the evidence that they have a transparent and robust framework for commissioning GP medical services and managing conflicts of interest. 

Primary care is currently commissioned by NHS England’s Area Teams, but CCGs were given the opportunity last year to opt for one of three options for differing levels of co-commissioning: ‘delegated commissioning’, ‘joint commissioning’ or ‘greater involvement’. 


Awareness of prostate cancer is the best defence

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is coming to an end but its sponsors – Prostate Cancer UK – will continue the drive through its high profile Men United campaign because being aware is one of the best defences against the disease. A major survey carried out by YouGov revealed that more than four in five men (83%) at increased risk of prostate cancer do not grasp that their chance of developing the disease is higher than average, and three quarters (75%) of men at greater risk admit that, even if they were aware but didn’t have any symptoms, they wouldn’t speak to their GP about it. Men at increased risk of prostate cancer include men with a family history of the disease in a father or brother, men over the age of 50 and men of African-Caribbean and African descent.
South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the GP-led organisation that funds local health services, is backing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said:  “Four out of five men at higher than average risk of prostate cancer are unaware of the danger and are therefore not having the vital conversations with GPs that could save their lives. It means thousands of men may miss out on being diagnosed at an early stage, when treatment for the disease is most effective.
“The majority of early cases are symptomless and there is no national screening programme. As a result, awareness of risk and speaking to a health professional about it is a man’s chief defence against the disease. So if you have concerns, particularly if you are in one of the increased risk groups, please go and talk to your GP.”
There is extensive information about all things prostate on the Prostate Cancer UK web site at www.prostatecanceruk.org including advice leaflets and other publications you can download free. You can find out more about the Men United campaign at http://menunited.prostatecanceruk.org or follow the latest developments on Twitter using #MenUnited.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
March 1 2015 – March 31 2015 is designated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The annual campaign, run by Prostrate Cancer UK (PCUK), aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other prostate conditions.

Notes about Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Over 250,000 men are currently living with the disease.

Normally the growth of all cells is carefully controlled in the body. As cells die, they are replaced in an orderly fashion. Cancer can develop when cells start to grow in an uncontrolled way. If this happens in the prostate gland, prostate cancer can develop.
Prostate cancer often grows slowly and has a low risk of spreading, so it may never cause you any symptoms or problems in your lifetime. But some men will have cancer that is faster growing and has a higher risk of spreading. This needs treatment to stop it spreading outside the prostate.
• prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK
• one man dies from prostate cancer every hour in the UK
• over 42,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK
• over 10,000 men die every year from prostate cancer in the UK
• it is estimated that by 2030, prostate cancer will be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK. 
About Men United and Prostate Cancer UK:
Men United is Prostate Cancer UK’s movement for everyone who believes that men are worth fighting for, to help us beat prostate cancer and keep friendships alive. Over 200,000 people engaged with Men United in 2014.
• Prostate Cancer UK works to get men in all areas of the country the early detection, effective diagnosis and better treatments that will beat this disease.
• Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. More than 10,000 men die every year from this male-only disease, and 250,000 men are living with prostate cancer in the UK.
• Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can contact Prostate Cancer UK's Specialist Nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or via the online Live chat, instant messaging service: www.prostatecanceruk.org. The Specialist Nurse phone service is free to landlines and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays. 

Women urged to know the risks of ovarian cancer as national campaign is launched

South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning  Group is backing Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month throughout March  - a national campaign to spot the early signs of ovarian cancer which affects one in 50 women in the UK each year.

NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group  - the GP led group that fund local NHS services in South Lincolnshire are calling on women to be more aware of the symptoms of the disease and to look at family history of ovarian cancer in which only 43% of women survive the UK five year survival rate.

7000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year in the UK.  The causes are not yet understood but important factors are age. Ovarian Cancer is more likely in women over 50 or who have already gone through the menopause; but it can also affect younger women.  Another factor is family history of ovarian or breast cancer. 

National charity, Target Ovarian Cancer say that only 3 per cent of women are confident at spotting the symptoms – yet up to 90% would survive for five years or more if symptoms were spotted and acted on earlier. The symptoms are a bloated tummy, needing  to wee more, always feeling full or have tummy pain.

Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “As there is no national screening programme for ovarian cancer, it is therefore vital that are more aware of the symptoms which can be similar to common conditions such as IBS - particularly if they persist.

The sad fact is that most women are diagnosed after the ovarian cancer has spread, making it more difficult and complex to treat so spotting the signs and acting quickly is critical. Faulty genes are the inherited cause of ovarian cancer. If there are two or more cases of ovarian or breast cancer on their mother or father’s side of the family, I would advise they speak to their GP to discuss the possible risks and explore whether genetic testing could be required to see if they carry the inherited faulty gene that causes the disease.”

Healthy Eating Advice

Eating a healthy balanced diet is an essential ingredient for having a healthy 2015. We all need to make sure that we eat the right number of calories for how active you are, so that we balance the energy we consume with the energy we use. If we eat or drink too much, we will put on weight for sure. 

The average man needs around 2,500 calories a day. The average woman needs 2,000 calories. Most adults are eating more calories than they need, and should eat fewer calories. It’s important that we all eat a wide range of foods to ensure that we are getting a balanced diet and that our bodies are receiving all the nutrients they need. 

Starchy foods should make up around one third of the foods we eat. Starchy foods include potatoes, cereals, pasta, rice and bread. Choose wholegrain varieties when you can: they contain more fibre, and can make you feel full for longer. Most of us should eat more starchy foods: try to include at least one starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram they contain fewer than half the calories of fat. 

Remember too the five a day recommendation. We should eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and vegetables a day. It’s easier than it sounds though. A glass of 100% unsweetened fruit juice can count as one portion, and vegetables cooked into dishes also count. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for some dried fruit? 

Fish is a good source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals. Aim for at least two portions a week, including at least one portion of oily fish. Oily fish is high in omega-3 fats, which may help to prevent heart disease. You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned; but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt. Oily fish include salmon, mackerel, trout, herring, fresh tuna, sardines and pilchards. Non-oily fish include haddock, plaice, coley, cod, tinned tuna, skate and hake. Anyone who regularly eats a lot of fish should try to choose as wide a variety as possible. 

We all need some fat in our diet. But it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat we’re eating. There are two main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease. Saturated fat is found in many foods, such as hard cheese, cakes, biscuits, sausages, cream, butter, lard and pies. 

Sugary foods and drinks, including alcoholic drinks, are often high in calories, and could contribute to weight gain. They can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals. Cut down on sugary fizzy drinks, alcoholic drinks, cakes, biscuits and pastries, which contain added sugars: this is the kind of sugar we should be cutting down on rather than sugars that are found naturally in foods such as fruit and milk. 


Guests will be shaken, not stirred, at this year's James Bond-themed annual ball in aid of the Johnson Community Hospital.

This year's 'Thunderball' event on July 4 will once again raise money to directly support patients, visitors and staff at the hospital, with the proceeds divided between the hospital's League of Friends and Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust Charitable Funds.

From 7pm, guests can expect to dance the night away at Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding, with music from The Sensational Soul Band and returning guest artist Will Silver.

The fun doesn't end there, with each ticket also giving guests a three-course dinner, a disco and a variety of Casino Royale-style entertainment.

Simon F Temple, Chairman of the Johnson Community Hospital Ball Committee, said: "This will be the seventh year we have organised the ball and each time we are overwhelmed by the support we receive from the local community. To date, we have raised more than £17,000, all of which has gone back to support those who use and work at Johnson Community Hospital. We have taken the sad decision that this year's ball will be the last organised by our committee, but we want to end on a high and make this our swansong - our most glorious party yet."

Tickets cost £35 each and are available to book online at http://www.johnsoncommunityhospitalball.com. Alternatively,
call Sally Brown on 01775 652033 or Anne Cudlipp on 01775 652248.


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