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We are responsible for commissioning (planning and buying) healthcare for approximately 740,000 people
across Lincolnshire."

Don't forget your Bank Holiday Prescriptions:

South Lincolnshire CCG is reminding patients to order their repeat prescriptions early before the bank holiday weekend at the end of August.
At busy times of year like this it is important that we spend a few minutes thinking about our health care by ordering and collecting any repeat prescriptions at least a week in advance of either bank holiday weekend  as many pharmacies will be closed.  
Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: 
“Make sure you renew any regular prescriptions and collect medication before the holidays start as running out of daily medication over this period could have serious consequences for patients who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems. 

“The last thing we want for our patients is having their bank holiday spoilt by not being able to take regular medication. For those with long-term health problems, taking daily medication is an important part of their treatment, and many are at risk of suffering serious attacks or hospital stays if medical supplies run out. 

So with this in mind South Lincolnshire CCG is appealing to patients, their families and carers to check now that they have enough daily medication to see them through the break. If they don’t, they should call into their pharmacist or local GP surgery in good time. 

If you become unwell over the bank holiday period or need medical advice when your GP surgery is closed, GP out-of-hours services can be accessed by calling NHS 111 free of charge.  Bank holidays are noticeably busy times of year for the NHS so picking up a repeat prescription in advance could help keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies. 


 

COMMUNITY TRUST SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS HSJ VALUE IN HEALTHCARE AWARD
 

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has been shortlisted in the ‘Workforce Efficiency’ category at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards, to be held on 22 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards has had a record breaking year for entries, more organisations than ever before demonstrated that they are striving to improve value and efficiency in healthcare. From 532 entries, 140 organisations have been judged to be leading the way in this increasingly important area.The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector. These include:
Charles Alessi, Chairman, National Association of Primary Care
Professor Jonathan Kay, Clinical Informatics Director, NHS England
Michael MacDonnell, Head of Strategy, NHS England
Robert Knott, National Director NHS Procurement, Department of Health
The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards seeks to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS. The awards continue to recognise excellent use of resources. But they also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives.The awards will be handed out at an inspirational ceremony on 22 September 2015 at Grosvenor House Hotel, London. For more information on the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards go to http://www.hsjvalueawards.co.uk EMAP media contact: Sarah Kemp on 07738 740831 or sarah.kemp@topright-group.com

Melanoma signs and symptoms

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other organs in the body.
South Lincolnshire CCG is highlighting the signs and symptoms of melanoma as we enter the summer months.

The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole. This can happen anywhere on the body, but the back, legs, arms and face are most commonly affected.

In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and more than one colour. They may also be larger than normal moles and can sometimes be itchy or bleed.
An "ABCDE checklist" has been developed for people to tell the difference between a normal mole and a melanoma.

Melanoma happens when some cells in the skin begin to develop abnormally. It is thought that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from natural or artificial sources may be partly responsible.

Certain things can increase your chances of developing melanoma, such as having:
• lots of moles or freckles 
• pale skin that burns easily 
• red or blonde hair 
• a family member who has had melanoma 

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

“We would urge any patients to go to see their GP if they notice any changes to any moles that they have.  You can help protect yourself from sun damage by using sunscreen and dressing sensibly in the sun. Sunbeds and sunlamps should also be avoided.

Regularly checking your moles and freckles can help lead to an early diagnosis and increase your chances of successful treatment. In most cases, a suspicious mole will be surgically removed and studied to see if it is cancerous. This is known as a biopsy. You may also have a test to check if melanoma has spread elsewhere in your body. This is known as a sentinel node biopsy."

The main treatment for melanoma is surgery, although your treatment will depend on your circumstances. If melanoma is diagnosed and treated at an early stage, surgery is usually successful.

If melanoma isn't diagnosed until an advanced stage, treatment is mainly used to slow the spread of the cancer and reduce symptoms. This usually involves medicines, such as chemotherapy.

Once you have had melanoma, there is a chance it may return. This risk is increased if your cancer was widespread and severe. If your cancer team feels there is a significant risk of your melanoma returning, you will probably need regular check-ups to monitor your health. You will also be taught how to examine your skin and lymph nodes to help detect melanoma if it returns.

Melanoma is the 5th most common cancer in the UK with around 13,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed each year.

More than a quarter of cases are diagnosed in people under 50, which is unusual compared to most other types of cancer. It's also becoming more common in the UK over time, thought to be caused by increased exposure to UV light from the sun and sunbeds.

More than 2,000 people die every year in the UK from melanoma. Melanoma is not always preventable, but you can reduce your chances of developing it by limiting your exposure to UV light.

More information about melanoma can be found on www.nhs.uk.


 

COMMUNITY TRUST SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS HSJ VALUE IN HEALTHCARE AWARD
 

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has been shortlisted in the ‘Workforce Efficiency’ category at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards, to be held on 22 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards has had a record breaking year for entries, more organisations than ever before demonstrated that they are striving to improve value and efficiency in healthcare. From 532 entries, 140 organisations have been judged to be leading the way in this increasingly important area.
The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector. These include:
Charles Alessi, Chairman, National Association of Primary Care
Professor Jonathan Kay, Clinical Informatics Director, NHS England
Michael MacDonnell, Head of Strategy, NHS England
Robert Knott, National Director NHS Procurement, Department of Health
The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards seeks to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS. The awards continue to recognise excellent use of resources. But they also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives.
The awards will be handed out at an inspirational ceremony on 22 September 2015 at Grosvenor House Hotel, London. 
For more information on the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards go to http://www.hsjvalueawards.co.uk
EMAP media contact: Sarah Kemp on 07738 740831 or sarah.kemp@topright-group.com
 

BOSTON'S BUTTERFLY HOSPICE CELEBRATES ITS FIRST YEAR IN THE COMMUNITY
 
Patients and staff took time to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Boston's Butterfly Hospice this Tuesday afternoon.
Patients, nurses and support workers at the facility on Rowan Way celebrated the hospice’s first birthday over cake and tea, sharing memories of loved ones and recognising staff members from the hospice and Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) who have been providing compassionate palliative care within Boston and surrounding communities since August 2014.
Brian Thornton, a current patient at Butterfly Hospice, said: “The most impressive thing to me is the attitude of all the staff, the nurses, cleaners and chef. Everyone has time for you.”
The wife of a former Butterfly Hospice patient extended a heartfelt thank you to staff:  “Thank you for looking after my husband. You made his last weeks pain-free and comfy.  Thank you for all your support.”
Abigail Grant, a support worker at the hospice, reflected on her work in the Boston facility: “I love that when I come to work, I have the fantastic job of helping people feel happy in their current time.  I find the job rewarding and satisfying, and I enjoy getting to know the patients’ relatives and families, and giving them a feeling of relaxation knowing their relatives are being well cared for.”
Becky Portess, LCHS complex case manager at Butterfly Hospice, said: “I have had the utmost pleasure in helping to manage the hospice since its opening last year. Throughout the year, there have been some amazing people who have joined us on a journey - be it as a patient, colleague, family member, carer or volunteer. 
“The Butterfly Hospice has been fundamental in ensuring that people in the local community have a choice in where they want to be cared for and we have been able to accept patients for respite, emergency and end of life care.  Our team of dedicated nurses and support workers are complemented by the staffing team and volunteers from the Butterfly Hospice - all staff play their integral part.”
Butterfly Hospice Chief Executive Judi Byrne highlighted the wonderful generosity of the community and their backing for the much needed service:  “When you or someone you care about is seriously ill, you want to know they’re getting the best possible care and treatment - we do too.” 
“Our hospice provides 24-hour inpatient care to those who need it most.  Through the support of local people and dedicated staff, we can offer people comfort and care in a beautiful hospice and gardens.   It has been a busy year and we look forward to welcoming lots more people to Butterfly Hospice, as well as developing our new services which, we know people need”. 
The Butterfly Hospice, Boston is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and families facing a life limiting illness by providing choice, care and support in a hospice setting.
We would be happy to talk to you about how you can fundraise, volunteer or support the work of the Butterfly Hospice.  Call in to the charity office Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm on 01205 311222 or email enquiries@butterflyhospice.com
 
A new drop in service during the summer holidays is being offered by the school nursing team of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).

Throughout the summer holidays school nurses will be available for advice and support for young people between 12 and 19 years old.
Wendy Burton, Locality Lead for LCHS, said: "Throughout the summer holidays our school nurses are available for that much-needed advice and support.
"They can offer young people information on relationships, healthy lifestyles, alcohol and drugs, keeping safe, free chlamydia tests, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception and the C-Card service.
"So please do feel free to drop-in or book an appointment in advance, we are here to help and support."
The school nurses will be at Riversdale Clinic, Sleaford for drop-in or appointments Monday to Friday from 9am until 4.30pm throughout the summer holidays. Please call 01529 306541.
A one hour drop-in only session will also be available on Tuesdays at Sleaford Children's Centre from 3.30pm until 4.30pm.

NURSE SET TO BRAVE THE SHAVE FOR MACMILLAN
 

A nurse is braving the shave to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Sian Burns, is an Assertive InReach Nurse for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) based at Lincoln.
On Sunday, August 2 a trusted friend will take the clippers to Sian's hair, all in the hope of raising as much cash for Macmillan Cancer Support as possible.
Sian, 47, said: "It's such a good cause. I know lots of people affected by cancer and this is a way of showing my support.
"I'm hoping to raise as much money as possible because every penny really does count. The work Macmillan does to help cancer patients and their families is brilliant.
"I'm hoping the money I raise will help to make a difference."
Macmillan Cancer Support helps cancer patients and their families with worries and advice about work; when people just want to talk or have difficult questions, Macmillan is there.
Sian from Sutton-on-Trent has a target of £1,000 and donations are to be made directly to Macmillan Cancer Care.
To make a donation payable directly to Macmillan Cancer Support in Sian's name please visit: https://bravetheshave.org.uk/?s=Sian+Burns&post_type=download

LINCOLNSHIRE COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES NHS TRUST DEMONSTRATES TOP PERFORMANCE IN INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL
 

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has demonstrated good practice across all areas of service for infection prevention and control.
According the 2014/15 Infection Prevention and Control report, the Trust's performance standards in relation to reducing the numbers of avoidable infections or "superbugs" including MRSA, MSSA, Clostridium difficile and Escherichia coli, continues to be achieved.
For the reporting period, LCHS achieved the set trajectory of zero avoidable MRSA infections, a significant 62.5% decrease in MSSA infections, an 83% reduction in Escherichia coli related infections and of the six reported cases of Clostridium difficile related infections, 100% were determined unavoidable.
The Trust attributes its success in reducing infections to several factors, including a bespoke web-based surveillance system (DartICS), patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE), a comprehensive hand hygiene programme and mandatory infection prevention training for all LCHS employed staff.
“Patient safety and quality care are at the forefront of everything we do, whether patients are receiving care in their own home, our urgent care centres, clinics or one of our community hospitals," says Cheryl Day, LCHS Lead Matron for Infection Prevention.

Protecting our patients from infection is vital to the quality of treatment we provide across LCHS, which is why we assure all of our staff have the resources, training and education needed to effectively prevent and control infections. We take great pride in the high standard of care we provide across all of our LCHS services and we will continue to assure infection prevention and control remains a top priority across the Trust."
The full report is available on the LCHS website:
http://www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nhs.uk/filebrowser/download/11056

CARDIAC REHAB GROUP GIVES CONFIDENCE BACK TO PATIENTS
A cardiac rehab group to support patients in the community who have suffered a heart attack has celebrated a six month milestone.
The Louth Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme which is run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), moved from the Recreation Hall at Louth County Hospital to its new premises at the Wolds Gym at Cordaux Academy in February of this year.
The programme supports patients who have suffered a recent heart attack. Patients embark on an eight week exercise programme with heart healthy educational talks incorporating health eating, medication, stress and relaxation techniques and the benefits of exercise.
Former patient Ian Mills, a police officer from North Thoresby, had a heart attack in November.
He said: "I am physically fit and when I was referred to the group I thought I would find it a struggle and wouldn't get much from it - I couldn't have been more wrong.
"The facilities are fantastic and the support you get is a massive benefit. I've made friends through the sessions and have my confidence back to exercise again."
The Wolds Gym on the premises of Cordeaux Academy in Louth offers fantastic facilities. The gym offers state of the art exercise equipment which you would expect in a mainstream gym. The conference rooms are large and air conditioned with all the latest technological equipment for delivering the educational talks.
Mum of three Debbie Wilson, a Parent Practitioner, had a heart attack in January this year.
She said: "I was anxious before I came to the sessions but thought it was great after my first session. The programme is very tailored to you and your needs. The staff and the volunteers are brilliant. I was nervous about exercising but you are so closely monitored and it is very safe.
"You start to look forward to the sessions and make friends and you're able to have a laugh too. Having a pharmacist there to talk to you about your medication was also a big help."
Both Ian and Debbie are now exercising independently and are looking forward to organising a catch up with the rest of their group.
Alison Bunn, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist and Team Lead for LCHS said: "The staff and our wonderful volunteers work incredibly hard to provide such a fantastic programme for our patients.
"Before we moved here we spent a considerable amount of time as a team to completely refresh the entire programme to fit this fabulous venue.
"We cannot thank Cordeaux Academy enough for sharing this amazing facility which has allowed us to provide the only gym based Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme in Lincolnshire. It's a really great partnership."
Patrick Daley, Principal at Cordeaux Academy said: "We are pleased to be able to work with the cardio rehab team in helping provide such a valuable community initiative. Partnership working of this nature is an important part of what we do at Cordeaux and we wish the group every success for the future."

LINCOLNSHIRE WEBSITE EXPANDS TO SUPPORT MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
A dedicated section to maternal mental health has been developed as part of the Lincolnshire Healthy Families website, ensuring facts and advice can be accessed whenever it is needed the most.
The website includes information about antenatal depression and anxiety, postnatal depression, fathers and depression, where to seek help and other helpful resources for maternal mental health.
To help provide support through shared experiences, the website features real life stories from mums who have had their own struggles with maternal mental health. One of those stories comes from Lincolnshire mum Emma, who shares her experience with postnatal depression in one of the website case studies.
Emma speaks about her struggle with postnatal depression and how her health visitor played an essential role in providing her with much needed support. Emma said: "I feel blessed I had the support that I got, when I got it. There is no way I would have felt that I could have come out the other side of it without the support that I had."
"My health visitor was worth her weight in gold. She never ever turned me away, was at the end of the phone whenever I needed her and I knew that I could come to her for anything - which was invaluable, without a doubt."
Anita Wood, Locality Lead at LCHS, said: "Welcoming a baby into your family is a time of great excitement, but for some it can also be very overwhelming. We want to help ensure mums understand the importance of taking care of their mental health and where they can seek help should they need it.
"The maternal mental health section of our Lincolnshire Healthy Families website has been developed using the knowledge and experiences of our health visitors, with the support of the specialist community perinatal mental health teams. We hope it encourages more women to have the confidence to speak up if they feel they need support."
For more information, visit www.lincolnshirehealthyfamilies.nhs.uk/maternalmentalhealth

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.
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