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."


Lincolnshire's Phoenix NHS Stop Smoking Service is hoping to encourage more people to be proud to be a quitter ahead of this year's national No Smoking Day.

On Wednesday, March 11, the estimated 130,000 smokers in Lincolnshire are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good.

The Phoenix NHS Stop Smoking Service, which is part of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, is once again backing the campaign with a range of activities and dedicated support.

While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit, nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke, including 21 per cent in Lincolnshire.

On No Smoking Day, Phoenix advisers will be:

hosting a question and answer session on Twitter from 10am-3pm. Join in the conversation using #quitterthroughtwitter or visit @StopPhoenix;
at a stall at the Hildred's Centre in Skegness from 10am-3pm;
at Morrisons in Grantham to offer information and advice from 10am-3pm;
at Lincoln County Hospital and Boston Pilgrim Hospital throughout the day to promote the service.

As well as attending events, Phoenix advisers are encouraging local organisations and ex-smokers to back No Smoking Day via the Phoenix Facebook and Twitter pages. Many have already pledged their support by posing with "Proud to be a Quitter" campaign boards. 

Amanda Richardson, Phoenix Stop Smoking Specialist, said: "Smokers are four more times more likely to quit if they access help from Phoenix, rather than trying to quit on their own. We have supported 12,076 smokers to successfully quit smoking in the past two years, but there's still work to be done.

"Lincolnshire's smoking prevalence of 21 per cent is still higher than England and the East Midlands' average of 20 per cent.

"Individually tailored help, support and advice are available from our specialist advisers through flexible appointments both face to face and over the phone.

"We understand that the majority of smokers want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting. No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity to inspire smokers in Lincolnshire to quit for good."

Among those proud to have quit with Phoenix are:

Geoff Griffiths, 61, from Lincoln, has celebrated his tenth anniversary since he quit smoking. He smoked for 35 years until he was told by doctors if he didn't stop, he would be on oxygen within three years and confined to his living room. He said: "I've never looked back since quitting. It wasn't easy, the first year was extremely difficult but I don't miss it. I was smoking up to 30 cigarettes a day." Geoff saved the money he would usually spend on cigarettes and treated himself to a new Ducati motorbike and six-month-old car.
Georgina Chambers, 69, from Louth, decided to quit smoking after a stint in hospital last year. She said: "I don't get terrible cravings but I do sometimes miss having a cigarette. I know when I come off the lozenges that I will be relying on my will power but I am determined to keep going." She has had check-ups for her respiratory problems since giving up and has been told there isn't further damage.
Helen Warren, 46, from Spalding, smoked 20 cigarettes a day until she suffered a heart attack last year and faced the prospect of missing out on watching her three children grow up. She said: "Doctors told me if I didn't stop smoking I would die. To me, leaving my kids without a mum gave me no choice but to stop smoking - they are my world and whatever other reason would I need to stop smoking?" Helen has inspired others to quit too including her sister, sister's ex-husband and his father.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Giving up smoking is the single best thing you can for your health, and that's why the British Heart Foundation runs No Smoking Day. We're encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday, March 11 in their calendars and take the first step towards a smoke-free life."

To find your nearest Phoenix NHS Stop Smoking adviser please contact us on 0800 840 1533, ask your doctor or nurse for a referral, or text 'NoSmokingDay' to 07786 205128.


NHS South lincolnshire CCG governing Body meeting, 26 February 2015, Market Deeping

NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the NHS body which plans and buys health services for people in and around South Holland and Welland.

The organisation will hold its next public meeting on Thursday, 26 February 2015 at 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm in the Hardwick Suite, Eventus, Northfields Industrial Estate, Market Deeping, PE6 8FD

Gary Thompson, Chief Officer for NHS South Lincolnshire CCG said: "It’s our vision for the 157,000 people of South Lincolnshire to live longer and healthier lives. Our Governing Body meets on a monthly basis and members of the public are welcome to attend and listen to the discussions."

Items on the agenda include: An update on the Lincolnshire Health and Care Review, to consider the Sign up to Safety Campaign, and to consider and approve the Infection Prevention and Control
Service Review Proposal.

Meeting papers will be published on http://www.southlincolnshireccg.nhs.uk

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, 26 March 2015 at 1.30 pm in the Seminar Room, Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding, PE11 3DT


Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015
South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is calling on local people to support the campaign called ‘Sock it to eating disorders’ which starts next week (23 February).
Monday 23 February marks the start of the annual Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which challenges stereotypes and stigmas and raise funds for Beat, the international support charity for sufferers.
This year's week runs from Monday 23 February to Sunday 1 March 2015.
Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia affect over one and half million people nationwide, and there may be many more because many sufferers hide their condition.
“Here in Lincolnshire we have support groups which are dedicated to helping people combat their condition, and which include former sufferers, their family members and friends, so they have direct knowledge of the impact it can have on people’s lives.”
There is a network of support groups across England, supported by Beat, the national charity set up 25 years ago to combat eating disorders. Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Beat’s national campaign.
A highlight of the awareness week is the ‘Sock-it to eating disorders’ fundraising campaign day on Friday 27 February, when fundraisers and supporters will be wearing silly socks, raising awareness of eating disorders and funds to support Beat.
The inspiration for the Sock-it campaign was in 2010, when campaigner Kitty Weston, whose daughter Anna had died of her anorexia, addressed 900 delegates from across the world. Moments before she took to the stage, she heard that another dear friend had just lost her daughter too.
Australian advocate June Alexander reached into her pocket and pulled out a sock – a clean sports sock belonging to her own daughter back in Melbourne. Kitty took it, wiped her eyes, and with the sock tightly clenched in her hand, gave the speech of her life. She got a standing ovation and ‘Sock it to eating disorders’ was born.
On 27 February Beat encourage supporters to get silly with their socks, and wear colourful, wacky socks for the day and all donate £1 to Beat. Every year supporters take part in this fantastic fundraiser to show their support for Beat. Not only do our supporters wear their silly socks, but many hold Bake Sales – including sock shaped cookies, and cupcakes with sock decorations and toppers.
Thursday 26 February sees the launch of Beat’s new website. Online help and engagement has seen more than 500,000 visitors per year, and the site is funded by the Amy Winehouse Foundation. The website address will not change, and is www.b-eat.co.uk/
Last year NHS figures also showed an eight per cent rise in new patients being treated for eating disorders.
In Lincolnshire there are support groups and therapists dedicated to tackling eating disorders. They are:

Support groups:

A contract with NHS Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust has funded the delivery of online groups for anyone living in the county who is over 18 and has an eating disorder.

LINK:ED Lincolnshire Eating Disorder Self Help Group
Dean’s Building, Lincoln College (ask for Link-Ed Group at Reception), Monks Road, Lincoln, LN2 5HQ
Tel: 01476 584005
Type: Beat Self Help & Support Groups

LINK:ED Lincolnshire Eating Disorder Carers' Support Group
Dean’s Building, Lincoln College (ask for Link-Ed Group at Reception), Monks Road, Lincoln, LN2 5HQ
Tel: 01476 584005
Type: Beat Self Help & Support Groups

Lincoln Emotional Overeating Support Group
The Shine Centre, 12 Mint Lane, Lincoln, LN1 1UD
Tel: Please Email
Email: eosg@b-eat.co.uk
Type: Beat Emotional Overeating Support Groups

A New Listing
In Balance, 51 Beccelm Drive, Crowland, PE6 0AG
Tel: 01733 212312 / 07961 444101
Email: info@inbalance.org.uk
Type: Private Counsellor/Therapist
The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on eating disorders show that 1.6 million people in the U.K. were affected by eating disorders in 2004 and 180,000 (11 per cent) of them were men.

How to help your children build a healthy heart

We are halfway through the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) National Heart Month and now the focus is turning toward children and young people and what they and their families can do to help them build a healthy heart.

NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the GP-led organisation that funds local health services, is backing National Heart Month. Dr Kevin Hill said: “We have all heard about the amount of time that children and young people spend on their laptops, tablets and smartphones. That’s fine up to a point but without a reasonable amount of physical exercise there’s a risk of poor heart health.

“Your heart and your body love to get moving because it helps you stay healthy. Playing games, playing sports, travelling around on foot or bike are all great ways of staying active. Aim for an hour of physical activity every day. You can do it all in one go – maybe playing a whole game of football. Or you can break it up into little bits, perhaps by walking to and from school, or playing games that get you out of breath at break time.”

There’s lots of excellent heart health advice for parents on the BHF web site with useful tips, hints and physical activity ideas to involve parents so they understand the importance of physical activity to encourage and support their children to be active. Just go to http://www.bhf.org.uk or search online for Heart Month.

Children and young people can also check out two BHF sites designed especially for them: CBHF for children aged 7 to 11 and YHeart for older children. BHF has lots of free resources for encouraging young people of all ages to live a heart healthy lifestyle.

National Heart Month
1st – 28th February 2015 is designated as National Heart Month. The annual campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation aims to raise awareness of heart and circulatory diseases. By focusing attention on heart health and, more importantly, signpost prevention tools and education, the hope is to reduce the impact of coronary disease on the UK population.

The campaign will use: #NationalHeartMonth

British Heart Foundation is the national body coordinating the campaign. Their details can be found at:

Notes about Heart Disease
Cardiovascular (heart and circulatory) Disease (CVD) causes more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, or around 160,000 deaths each year.
• There are an estimated 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the UK. Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the UK's single biggest killer.
• Nearly one in six men and one in ten women die from coronary heart disease.
• CHD is responsible for around 73,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 200 people each day, or one every seven minutes.
Heart attack
• Most deaths from coronary heart disease are caused by a heart attack.
• There are up to 175,000 heart attacks in the UK each year, that’s one every three minutes.
• Around 110,000 men and 65,000 women in the UK suffer a heart attack each year. 



The next Board meeting for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) will take place on Tuesday, February 24.
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 - the Board will hear from a lymphoedema patient  who shares his experience of the Horncastle community nursing team; 
staffing levels;
the Open and Honest Care Programme - the Board will be asked to approve the involvement LCHS in a pilot for the programme.

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.


Carers urged to seek early medical advice to prevent serious health conditions in elderly
Carers who support people over 60 can help avoid additional pressure on themselves and the NHS urgent and emergency care system this winter according to South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the GP-led organisation that funds local health services.

Most carers are already stretched by the demands of their young and elderly family’s needs, a situation that can be made even more difficult by illness. In the over- 60s a minor illness can get worse quickly in a cold snap. A bad cough, trouble breathing, a cold or sore throat can rapidly develop into something more serious.

South Lincolnshire CCG is urging carers to seek early advice from local pharmacists in order to avoid the need for urgent or emergency care later on. 

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

“Carers do important and invaluable work and it is vital that they understand how a minor illness can develop into something more serious in older people, quickly. NHS research has revealed that many do not want to seek help for what they perceive to be a minor illness because they feel it would be inappropriate or a waste of time for a pharmacist or other healthcare professional.

“There’s no such thing as wasting your pharmacist’s time. Your pharmacist wants to help; local pharmacists are a highly trained and trusted source of health advice. Particularly when temperatures are falling, they can help you manage long-term conditions or even help with immediate relief for bad coughs, trouble breathing, a cold or sore throat. They can also advise on self-care at home before the condition becomes serious. Pharmacists often have longer opening hours than GP practices, you don’t need an appointment to see one and most have a consultation area when you can speak privately. They’ll also tell you if they think you should see a GP.”

If you are visiting or caring for an elderly relative or friend who is under the weather, your local pharmacist is happy to help or you can get advice from www.nhs.uk/asap  to help manage their care. Early advice is the best advice.
About the ‘Under the Weather?’ campaign

The ‘Feeling under the weather?’ campaign aims to reduce pressure on the NHS urgent and emergency care system during the winter of 2014/15. Its focus is to influence changes in public behaviour to help reduce the number of elderly and frail people requiring emergency admissions through urgent and emergency care services, particularly A&E departments, with illnesses that could have been effectively managed through earlier access to health advice and self-care information from community pharmacy services or the NHS Choices website. The campaign therefore has a clear call to action to seek advice early from a local pharmacist or from www.nhs.uk/asap

The local ‘Feeling under the weather?’ campaign will last until the end of February 2015.


South Lincolnshire CCG say 'stock up your medicine cabinet!'

The temperature has dropped and you’re probably stocking up on cans of soup, and wearing out your hat, scarf and gloves from being worn so often!

However, have you also thought about stocking up your medicine cabinet so that you’re prepared for the usual winter coughs, colds and bugs?

There are a lot of illnesses circulating at this time of year.  People often turn up at hospitals with minor illnesses and injuries that could be treated easily and more quickly at home.

Your local pharmacist can offer you free, qualified health advice at any time, and no appointment is necessary.  From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses and answer any questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines.

All year round, pharmacists can also advise on healthy eating, obesity and giving up smoking, and almost all have private areas where you can talk in confidence. 

Check your medicine cabinet and make sure you have the following basics to get you through the rest of the winter period:

            •           Your usual painkillers, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin
            •           Cold and flu remedies 
            •           Anti-diarrhoea medicine
            •           Oral rehydration salts
            •           Indigestion remedies
            •           Plasters
            •           Bandages
            •           Thermometer
            •           Tissues

If you are already taking other medication, check first with your pharmacist to make sure the medicines are right for you.

It’s also really important to check that any medicines already in your cabinet are still okay to use.  If any medicines are past their use-by date, don’t take them. Remember that you can also take any out-of-date or unwanted medication back to your pharmacy for safe disposal.

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

“The last thing anyone wants is to be ill.  Unfortunately, every winter, colds, flu, stomach bugs and other ailments are all too common.

“We’re sure that most people would much prefer to avoid a trip to the GP or A&E if they possibly can.

“By being prepared for winter and stocking up on medicine cabinet essentials, a lot of people could treat minor illnesses at home, avoiding unnecessary trips to the doctor.”

If it’s not an emergency, please don’t go to A&E or ring 999.  People can help the NHS during these busy times by making sure they choose the right service, such as a pharmacist, calling NHS 111 or contacting your GP. If you do need treatment, consider using a walk-in centre or minor injuries unit.

Your nearest NHS services can be found by visting http://www.nhs.uk


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. 



South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced its backing of the British Heart Foundation’s National Heart Month, this February. With Coronary Heart Disease still the UK’s biggest killer, responsible for one death every seven minutes, the CCG have urged everyone to support the campaign. Patients, carers and the general public are urged to make some simple changes to their lifestyles to bring about long term health.

National Heart Month focusses on small changes to help prevent the onset of disease; prevention is better than cure. Millions of people across the UK are affected by cardiovascular disease and some simple changes can help prevent and/or treat many conditions. 

With heart disease affecting so many, it’s not just patients that are affected. Carers and families can obtain support to help make their loved one’s life easier; local support groups can be found at https://www.bhf.org.uk/about-us/find-bhf-near-you  

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

 “National Heart Month is an important campaign to encourage us all to look after our own long term health. We all need to care for our hearts by considering what we eat, cutting back on alcohol, quitting smoking or taking the stairs instead of a lift.”   

“Helping to eliminate the big risk factors, controlling cholesterol and keeping blood pressure safe have a positive impact on health and wellbeing; especially the heart. It is still a sad fact that if you suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK, you’re treatment is still less effective than if you’d taken steps to promote a healthy lifestyle. The UK is lagging behind other nations in terms of treatment and care; this must change and making long term changes to your lifestyle can help, significantly.”
National Heart Month
1st – 28th February 2015 is designated as National Heart Month. The annual campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation aims to raise awareness of heart and circulatory diseases. By focusing attention on heart health and, more importantly, signpost prevention tools and education, the hope is to reduce the impact of coronary disease on the UK population.

The campaign will use: #NationalHeartMonth

British Heart Foundation is the national body coordinating the campaign. Their details can be found at:

Notes about Heart Disease
Cardiovascular (heart and circulatory) Disease (CVD) causes more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, or around 160,000 deaths each year.
• There are an estimated 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the UK.
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the UK's single biggest killer.
• Nearly one in six men and one in ten women die from coronary heart disease.
• CHD is responsible for around 73,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 200 people each day, or one every seven minutes.
Heart attack
• Most deaths from coronary heart disease are caused by a heart attack.
• There are up to 175,000 heart attacks in the UK each year, that’s one every three minutes.
• Around 110,000 men and 65,000 women in the UK suffer a heart attack each year


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.



A ground-breaking project to reduce the risk of patients being prescribed the wrong medication is set to be rolled out across 150 East Midlands GP practices following a major funding award.

Thousands of people across the East Midlands – including elderly and vulnerable patients – will benefit from the initiative, called ‘PINCER’ 

The project is led by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust supported by the University of Lincoln, University of Nottingham, the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network and 17 of the region’s Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The partnership received a major boost today (29 January) with the announcement of a £500,000 funding award from the Health Foundation with a further £117,000 already pledged by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.

The East Midlands project is one of just seven to receive support from the Health Foundation’s ‘Scaling Up Improvement’ award out of 150 applications nationally. With the funding now in place, the first stage between January and June 2015 will focus on getting PINCER ready to be implemented in waves across the East Midlands, starting from July.

PINCER provides each GP practice with access to a software system that automatically reviews existing prescriptions, and also offers expert support from a pharmacist.

The pharmacists will work with the practice staff to review the way drugs are prescribed, reducing the risk that patients, particularly people with a number of conditions who need a combination of different drugs, receive the wrong medication. Pharmacists and GPs will share learning as part of the project, and it is also hoped to spread PINCER more widely across the country.

Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “This award is tremendous news, especially considering that our project is one of just seven from around the country to receive Health Foundation funding. Dozens of GP practices – and thousands of patients – from all five counties throughout our region will benefit from this initiative, which has been proven to be extremely effective in other areas of the country at reducing prescribing errors.”

Professor Tony Avery, Director of Research at the University of Nottingham’s School of Medicine, said: “Medication errors often lead to considerable risk of harm to patients and increase the number of unnecessary admissions to hospital, placing extra pressure on services. The East Midlands has an excellent track record of leading innovation in health care, and the PINCER project will further build the region’s reputation for placing the needs of patients at the very heart of health service transformation.”

Professor Niro Siriwardena, Professor of Primary and Prehospital Health Care at the University of Lincoln, said that PINCER will not only prevent harm to patients, it could also lead to significant cost savings: “National statistics show that in 2013, one in 20 drugs were prescribed in error and this led to one in 25 of all admissions to hospital,” he said. “Pilot studies show that PINCER is inexpensive to roll out and helps reduce prescribing errors to high risk patients by up to 50%.”

Dr Jane Jones, Assistant Director from the Health Foundation, said: “We are very excited to be working with these outstanding project teams, who have been selected for the Scaling Up Improvement programme for their expertise in large scale and complex improvement and change projects. Together we will aim to have real impact and make lasting improvements to the way health care is delivered, by testing out proven ideas at scale with the intention of these being widely adopted across the UK health service.”

For media enquries, contact the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust Communications team on 01529 220407.

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


Cervical Cancer Screening

It’s hard to believe it will be six years in March since the death from cervical cancer of reality TV star Jade Goody.

Jade was aged just 27 and may well have survived if she had undergone the regular screening tests that detect the disease in its early stages. That’s why GPs in South Lincolnshire have been working to prevent other needless deaths by supporting Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, which runs from 25 to 31 January to raise awareness of the disease.

Nearly 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the UK yet 20 per cent of women do not take up their invitation for cervical screening. This is very worrying as early-stage cervical cancers don’t usually have symptoms and are generally detected through screening.

Cervical cancer screening is a very powerful and effective screening tool that detects and treats precancerous areas. It detects changes in cervical cells which could lead to cervical cancer. In this way, it prevents full-blown cervical cancer and saves lives.

Women aged 25 to 65 are invited for screening. Women between the ages of 25 and 49 are screened every three years while those aged 50 to 64 are screened five yearly.

When symptoms do appear, they normally include abnormal or post-menopausal bleeding, unusual discharge, discomfort or pain during sex, or lower back pain. Women who have experienced any of the symptoms should talk to their GP. Chances are it won’t be cervical cancer but better to get it checked.

For younger women, there is now a vaccination against the persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection that causes changes to the cervical cells and is responsible for nearly all cervical cancers. The vaccine can help prevent 70 per cent of cervical cancers.

In older women, the most effective method of preventing cervical cancer is through the regular cervical screening which happens by invitation and which allows detection of any early changes of the cervix. Cervical cancer is largely preventable and, if caught early, survival rates are high.

The cancer forms in tissues of the cervix - the organ connecting the uterus and vagina. It is not thought to be hereditary.


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