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."

 

BRUSHING UP LINCOLNSHIRE'S YOUNG SMILES WITH NEW PROJECT
 
Last year more than 300 children in Lincolnshire - almost one per day - had to go under general anaesthetic to have decayed teeth removed.

To tackle the issue a new project, Lincolnshire Smiles which is funded by NHS England, is seeing teachers carrying out supervised tooth-brushing sessions with children in reception classes, having first had a visit from their local dental practice.

Twenty independent dental practices have signed up to 'adopt' a school in their area so far. The dental team deliver a 'Better Oral Health' workshop to the children and teachers and set up racks for toothbrushes and a system for the children to learn how to brush their teeth.

Gina Hargrave, Oral Health Promoter at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is training the Dental Practice staff on how to promote oral health to five year olds.

Gina said: "This is a great way for children and their parents to understand how brushing teeth every day with a fluoride toothpaste helps to protect teeth from tooth decay. Prevention is so much better than cure. Working together with parents, schools and local dental practices we can make sure that children in Lincolnshire have something to smile about."

The project is designed to reduce dental decay in children in the county by getting five year olds to brush their teeth for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, as well as supporting parents to develop good oral health routines with their children.

Jason Wong from The Maltings Dental Practice and Chair of Local Dental Network Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, NHS England said: "Prevention is a crucial aspect to the NHS Five Year Forward View. Tooth decay is a largely preventable condition and the number of children undergoing extraction of their teeth for dental decay under a general anaesthetic is far too high."
 
List of practices and schools involved:
Dental Practice Primary School
 
St Catherine’s Grantham St Marys Catholic School Grantham
Maltings Grantham TBC
West Parade Lincoln St Giles Academy, Lincoln
The Tulip Spalding St Paul's Community Primary School - Spalding
Holbeach Dental Practice Gedney Church End Primary and Lutton St Nicholas Primary, Spalding
Bourne Dental Practice Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary - Bourne
Coningsby Dental Practice Tattershall Primary School
Rose Cottage Dental Practice Sleaford Church Lane Primary School - Sleaford
Powell and Associates Lincoln St Peter at Gowts - Lincoln
Genesis Dental Care Gainsborough Benjamin Adlard Community School- Gainsborough
Oasis Dental Practice Sleaford Our Lady of Good Counsel - Sleaford
Broad Bank Dental Practice Louth Eastfield Infants - Louth
Newland Dental Practice Lincoln Bracebridge Infants and Nursery (TBC)
Dee Kay Dental Practice -  Kirton in Lindsey Hemswell Cliff Primary School
Skegness Family Dental Care  -Skegness Skegness Infant Academy
Tower Garden Dental practice (my dentist) Seathorne Primary School - Skegness
Horncastle - my dentist Horncastle Community Primary School
Oasis Dental Practice - Boston  TBC
Lincolnshire Community Health Service Carlton Road Academy - Boston
DHC Dental Care Ltd  - Grantham Harlaxton Primary School
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For all queries and interview requests please contact the Communications team on 01522 309751 or email lchsecomms@lincs-chs.nhs.uk



Visit: www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nhs.uk


CARDIAC REHABILITATION SERVICE MOVES FROM HOSPITAL TO GYM SETTING
 
A Cardiac Rehabilitation Service which supports patients in the community who have suffered a heart event is now delivering the service in a local leisure centre rather than a hospital setting, providing care closer to home.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), Cardiac Rehabilitation Service has successfully moved the Gainsborough cardiac rehabilitation exercise and education programme out of the hospital setting to a community venue at Everyone Active, West Lindsey Leisure Centre.

Patients who are recovering from various cardiac events are invited to take part in a seven week programme of exercise and education with the aim of supporting their return to being active members of the community. This includes taking regular exercise and life style modification including diet, smoking and understanding living with heart disease and supporting return to work.

Karen Duff, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist and Team Lead said: "We've been having our sessions at the gym for six months now and it is working fantastically well.

"One thing which makes our team unique is that as a nurse prescriber I am able to support and prescribe medications for patients as part of their recovery."

Patients are split into two groups dependent upon their health needs. Before each session takes place staff assess each patient with a pulse and blood pressure check.

Before joining the sessions patients are assessed at home or in a clinic by a Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist and to set goals and achievements for the programme which is tailored to suit the needs of each individual patient.

Katy Wythe a nurse from Cherry Willingham had a heart attack on February 1. She said: "For me the main benefit of the programme is being able to talk to people. I didn't have the classic signs and symptoms of a heart attack and I am coming to terms with it. Going to the gym can be intimidating for people but that isn't the case with these sessions."

Teresa Bogusz-Eastland from Lincoln added: "I'm really enjoying the sessions. The staff are really friendly, approachable and supportive."

Patients start each exercise session with a warm up and gentle exercises before moving onto the exercise circuit which includes different stations such as mini trampolines, step boxes, light weights and walking. 

Kerry ONeill Contract Manager at Everyone Active added: "Everyone Active West Lindsey have a fantastic partnership working with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team. Working together in delivering health and activity programmes, supporting clients in physical activity to enable them to improve and maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle. Together we are improving the lives of West Lindsey."

NURSE'S NEPAL EARTHQUAKE EXPERIENCE - ONE YEAR ON
 
One year on a Lincolnshire nurse shares her experience of being caught up in the Nepal Earthquakes.

Lindsay Baigent from Lincoln who has twenty years nursing experience with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) had been working at the Leprosy Mission Hospital while completing her diploma in Tropical Nursing.

Speaking about the hospital and the leprosy patients she had initially flown out to help Lindsey said: "They seemed to gain much strength from being at Anandaban amongst friends and others with similar problems. This amazing place really does change lives for the better."

Describing how events unfolded when the first earthquake struck on Saturday, April 25, Lindsay reflected: "I had expected to spend the day sightseeing and had been invited to attend church. As the preacher was talking the whole building started shaking and women started to cradle their babies and children. I didn't really understand what was happening so I joined a woman and her child on the floor and attempted to comfort the child.

"When I returned to my feet and looked out the window all I could see was dust clouds and realised that buildings were collapsing and everyone was attempting to escape, I felt very surreal, like I was standing on jelly. Sometimes my legs still feel that way."

Fortunately Lindsay's driver had returned and took her to Anandaban where they immediately started treating patients.

Speaking about the scene at the hospital Lindsay explained: "Staff at the hospital worked tirelessly to ensure all patients got treated as they were arriving mostly via motorbike over the coming days."

Further causalities occured when the second quake hit on Tuesday, May 12 and 350 were treated free of charge during Lindsay's time at the centre.

Looking back at the experienced Lindsay said: "I have forged an unforgettable bond with the people at Anandaban and I am going to cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise much needed funds for Promise Nepal, who have given so much in terms of training, building and ongoing support to Anandaban over many years."

TELEMONITORING RESEARCH PARTICPANTS THANKED
Patients, carers and health care professionals have been thanked for participating in a study.

A study looking at Telemonitoring systems is being conducted by the University of Lincoln in conjunction with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).

Technical support for the study was provided by the Electronic Assistive Technology Service (EATS) at LCHS with the research supported by Jane Scrafton, a Nurse Specialist at the Trust who was part of the initial set up and remained on the steering group for the research throughout.

The research hopes to find whether electronic 'telemonitoring' systems could help in the treatment of elderly people with complex health problems.

Telemonitoring (or telehealth) systems enable doctors to remotely receive useful clinical data, such as blood oxygen levels through technology installed in the patient's own home. The aim is to help patients better manage their own condition and alert health professionals more quickly to early warning signs or deterioration, potentially improving patients' quality of life and reducing the number of emergency hospital admissions.

David Madeley, Senior Technology Assistant in EATS said: "Working with Lincoln University has been both exciting and informative.
 
"Monitoring patients in their own homes using the latest Telehealth equipment has the potential to pick up exacerbations early and in some instances even predict an exacerbation before it occurs, enabling early intervention helping reduce hospital admissions"

A special 'thank you' event took place on Wednesday, March 23 seeing participants from the Lincolnshire wide study thanked for taking part and given an update on the research.

 



Three Years on Healthwatch Lincolnshire Celebrates
 Healthwatch Lincolnshire has just completed its third successful year.  The start of the Healthwatch journey came about because of the serious injustices that occurred to patients at mid-Staffs hospital and residents of Winterbourne Care Home.  The severity of the incidents resulted in the Government recognising the importance of providing an environment for patients, carers and service users to talk in confidence and without redress, awarding statutory functions to Healthwatch through the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
 
 Chief Executive Officer of Healthwatch Lincolnshire, Sarah Fletcher, said: “The last 3 years have been challenging but very rewarding.  Setting up any new organisation from scratch always comes with its difficulties but we have been really pleased so far with our results.  On behalf of Lincolnshire residents we have reported over 1,000 patient, carer and service user experiences to health and social care providers; raised 330 recommendations for improvements to their services and also signposted nearly 3,000 people to many other support services helping them to cope with their daily lives.” 
 
Healthwatch Lincolnshire would like to thank everyone who has supported them from the many volunteers and members to the general public who have shared their personal experiences and which Healthwatch recognise is most often a very difficult thing to do.
 
Contact details:  www.healthwatchlincolnshire.co.uk.
For more information call 01205 820 892
ENDS
 
 Healthwatch Lincolnshire is one of 152 local Healthwatch groups set up by the government as part of health reforms set out in the Health and Social Care Act in 2012.  Its job is to ensure that the voice of patients, users and the public is at the heart of NHS and care services.  Healthwatch Lincolnshire gathers patient views, represents those views to local NHS organisations and makes sure they are taken account of.
 
1.  Healthwatch Lincolnshire is the only independent consumer watchdog for Health and Social Care services in Lincolnshire.
  Monitors and influences local health and social care provision.
·  Harnesses the expertise of local communities, charities and voluntary organisations.
·  Encourages people to share their views with about the services they use
·  Gives feedback to health and social care providers as well as to Healthwatch England.
·  Signposts people to information about health and social care services in  Lincolnshire.
·  Provides information about what to do and who to talk to if things go  wrong.
·  Above all ensures that the public's voice is heard - and responded to!
 
2.Vision, Mission and Strategic Priorities:
 
  In March 2014 we agreed our Vision and our Mission which are:
Our Vision  is for everyone in Lincolnshire to access and receive outstanding health and social care services.
  Our Mission is to be the consumer champion for all health and social care services for everyone in Lincolnshire. 
The HWL Board has set 5 strategic priorities to focus the operations and financial investment on public engagement activities, through creating and sustaining engagement team staffing levels and ensuring HWL has the infrastructure to report issues and help influence services keeping the public voice at the heart of our activities. 
 
The 5 strategic priorities are (information extracted from our Strategic Priorities document):
 
  Influencing health and social care services through engagement with the  public, patients, carers and communities.
Marketing, PR and campaigns.
  Developing HWL.
  Consultations to support improvements in health and social care.
  Participation and involvement in the health and social care environment. 
For more information please visit www.healthwatchtlincolnshire.org.uk or contact Sarah Fletcher  on 01205 820892 or email sarah.fletcher@healthwatchlincolnshire.co.uk.

PLACEMATS PROMOTING HEALTHY LIVING ON SCOTTER WARD
 
An innovative way to promote healthy living messages with patients is being trialed on Scotter Ward at John Coupland Hospital.

Nutrition and hydration play an important part in rehabilitation and the team on the ward are committed to ensuring that patients receive the best care they can in this area.

Donna Phillips, Clinical Educator for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) said: "On Scotter Ward we are always looking for innovative ways to get health messages across to our patients and as our meal times are protected, with patients encouraged to eat together, the placemats were the perfect educational tool."

"We find that this encourages social interaction and builds relationships between patients which helps them maintain some normality and independence ensuring they're not just the 'patient at the bedside"

A local community group contributed to the programme with members of a young carers group colouring in the 'healthy eating plates' including personal messages to the patients.

The placemats have also been used as a way of promoting awareness weeks and at times such as Christmas they are used as a way of sending good wishes from the staff on the ward.

Donna added "The feedback from the patients is extremely positive and the placemats are often a source of conversation between them."

The idea has been shared with the Trust's inpatient governance group and it has been adopted in other community hospitals within LCHS.

 

LINCOLN - NEW APPRENTICES WELCOMED BY COMMUNITY TRUST
 
Three new apprentices have been welcomed by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) to provide an opportunity for new talent into the Trust.
Working in partnership with Lincoln College LCHS has been successful in appointing three apprentices into Business and Administration roles. All 3 apprentices have been appointed to 15 month fixed term contracts.

Khonzie Ndlovu-Gachengo, Head of Education and Workforce Development at LCHS, said: "We have welcomed our 3 new apprentices and are very pleased with the number and the quality of the applicants we received, working in collaboration with Lincoln College in true partnership. This will be an interesting and exciting 15 months as we work, support, develop and grow our workforce within their chosen areas of work."
The programme will be delivered in partnership with Lincoln College to ensure the apprentices have the opportunity to obtain defined vocational qualifications; alongside the development of a greater understanding of working in a community health service.

Lincoln College Group Director of Business Development Peter Merry said: "We are delighted to be working with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust. We're really excited about this partnership and look forward to seeing our apprentices grow and develop in their chosen career. We pride ourselves on being an employer-led, producing a highly skilled and productive workforce and we work with employers to adapt our professional technical training to meet their needs.
"This will be achieved through a combination of work-based practice, achievement of a Level 2 National Vocational Qualification, group workshops and planned Trust insight days."
All three apprentices have been assigned an experienced mentor who will offer specialist advice and guidance and be a positive role model. A buddy may be assigned on a day to day basis, this is someone who can provide support but isn’t involved in reviewing their performance.
Jack Lindsey, 22 from Lincoln will be working within the finance team at Beech House. Jack said: "I'm really looking forward to getting into the day to day workings of the apprenticeship. I was good at maths and IT at school and I'm looking forward to putting what I have already learnt into practice."

The apprenticeships have now commenced and will last for 15 months.

NEW LINCOLNSHIRE INTEGRATED SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICE LAUNCHED
 
A new integrated sexual health service is being rolled out across Lincolnshire this month.

This new Lincolnshire Integrated Sexual Health service (LISH) will provide a flexible, non-judgmental, confidential service to anyone who needs it for sexually transmitted infection/HIV advice, screening and treatment and/or contraceptive health needs.

From Friday, April 1, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is the main provider of sexual health services in Lincolnshire, on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council, through the council's public health grant. The same services will continue to be delivered with improved access, extended opening hours and additional clinics. 

LISH will also provide an outreach service, delivered through a new 'clinic in a boot' mobile initiative. Sexual health staff will be able to deliver services based on a need, in a confidential room in an area which doesn't have a static clinic. For instance, if a GP requests chlamydia screening because of a recent outbreak this can be delivered through this initiative.

Paula Moody, Strategic Lead, Adult Public Health Services for LCHS, said: "We're thrilled to be providing an extended sexual health service for the people of Lincolnshire.

"We will still be offering the services we previously provided such as FLY-Bye clinics, contraception, emergency contraception and sexual health screening with the addition of the C-Card scheme."

Clinics are available at Lincoln, Louth, Gainsborough, Sleaford, Skegness, Boston, Spalding, Grantham and now also Stamford. Future plans will also see this outreach service delivered from a 'health bus' which will be available at different locations throughout the year.

Paula added: "We are also working with the Terrence Higgins Trust to provide chlamydia screening. Chlamydia screening kits can be ordered through our dedicated sexual health website."

A dedicated sexual health website is now available on any platform with the internet, making it easy for people to access anytime anywhere. The website features information on clinics, contraception, STIs, HIV, safer sex and the C-Card scheme. Visit the website at: www.lincolnshirehealthyfamilies.nhs.uk/sexualhealth

To book an appointment at any clinic please call the central booking line number on 01522 308800 which is open 8am until 6.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8am until 5pm on Fridays.

You can also follow our dedicated sexual health social media pages on Twitter @LCHSSexHealth and Facebook LCHS Sexual Health.

ANNUAL BUTTERFLY HOSPICE CHARITY GOLF DAY
 

An annual charity golf day for The Butterfly Hospice Trust will be taking place at Boston West Golf Club this coming June.

Entry to the team competition is priced at £129 per team and will take place on Thursday, June 9 with play being followed by a two course meal served with tea or coffee.

The Butterfly Hospice inpatient unit is run in partnership with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) and the Butterfly Hospice Trust. The Hospice relies on generous donations and pledges of support to remain able to provide this much-needed service.

Laura Slayven, Butterfly Hospice Fundraising Manager explains the need for events like the golf day: "Although we received some funding from the NHS, the majority of our funds come from the generous support of the people in our community. Without their continued support and fundraising we are not able to provide our care free of cost to patients and their families."

The golf day will be a Stableford competition with a 3/4 handicap allowance where the best two scores will count on all holes except the 9th and 14th where three will count.

Entry forms for the competition can be picked up by visiting either visiting The Butterfly Hospice, downloading it from the membership area on the Boston West website or directly from Michelle Purnell at the golf club.

Should the competition not be filled the closing date for entries is Saturday, May 21 with starting time due to be sent out following this date.

CLINICAL NURSE EDUCATOR SCOOPS EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD
 
A Gainsborough Clinical Nurse Educator has been successful at the first ever Health Education Excellence in Education Awards.

Donna Phillips, a Clinical Nurse Educator and Interim Clinical Nurse lead works on Scotter Ward at John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). 

Donna said: "I had a fabulous time at the ceremony. I was happy with being nominated and shortlisted but I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would win an award!

"I have been nursing for more than 26 years and have been a dedicated clinical nurse educator for more than nine. Every day I learn something new and the team I work with on Scotter Ward are absolutely fantastic and share my enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge and learning."

Donna's role sees her overseeing the education of staff and students who are on placement on the ward including those on work experience, student and return to practice nurses. 

Originally nominated for another award, Donna was selected as going the extra mile and shortlisted in the Special Recognition category of the Health Education Excellence in Education Awards 2016.

Donna is a social media champion for the Trust tweeting updates about Scotter Ward from the @scotterwardlchs account which sees her interacting with other NHS organisations to share best practice. She is also a Dementia Champion and has trained more than 250 people to become Dementia Friends.  Donna delivers training through a one hour session which is designed to make people think about the small ways to help a person who has dementia, even something as minor as making a cup of tea to crossing the road safely. 

She also has a degree in palliative care, is a non-medical prescriber and a trainer for moving and handling. 

Khonzie Ndlovu-Gachengo, Head of Education and Workforce Development at LCHS said: "I nominated Donna because she is so inspirational and her passion in education, training and support of staff is so full of enthusiasm. The passion when talking to Donna about education and training makes me want to work on Scotter Ward! 

"Together with her compassion and care for her patients it makes me feel proud to be a nurse. Donna is an inspirational leader, educator and mentor of the year and emerging leader and I'm really proud of her." 

Donna attended the awards ceremony on Friday, March 11 at Loughborough. 

 

Stomach bug? Head to the pharmacy
 
Stomach bugs or norovirus are widespread at this time of year – but the message from South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is self-care at home, or if you need help head to
the local pharmacist to avoid sitting in a GP waiting room.
 
In 2015 there were more than 650 outbreaks of norovirus in hospitals in England and 94 per cent of these led to the closure of wards or restrictions on wards.
 
Patients who visit their GP or a hospital with the bug also increase the danger of passing it onto others.
 
Symptoms include suddenly feeling sick; projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea.  Some people can have a slight fever, headache, painful stomach cramps and aching limbs too.  The symptoms start around 12 to 72 hours after picking up the infection and can last up to 60 hours.  
 
If you need help managing your symptoms pharmacists are the expert on the high street who are often situated in convenient locations and are often open much longer hours than GPs.


They can use their clinical expertise, together with their practical knowledge to advise patients on common problems and on whether seeing a GP is the best course of action.  They can also help recommend over the counter remedies that work with any medication you’re already taking.


Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of South Lincolnshire CCG said:  “When you become ill it can be a very worrying time and heading straight to your GP is often many people’s first instinct.

TRAINERS FROM LOCAL HEALTH TRUST INFORMED ON PARKINSON'S
 
A course aiming to improve care standards for Parkinson's patients has been completed by members of staff from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).
Train the Trainer equips those who complete it with the tools to deliver the 'Parkinson's Explained' course to staff within their own Trust.
Six members of staff from LCHS participated in the course with Clinical Nurse Educator Donna Phillips who is based at John Coupland Hospital Gainsborough. Donna spoke on behalf of the cohort and said: "The course was fantastic and the tutors Wendy and Nuala were fabulous and so supportive. There was a real team spirit on the day."
Reflecting on the course Donna added: "I came away from the course so empowered and motivated that the following day myself and Jenny Whiffing the physiotherapist on our ward booked our first three training sessions."
Speaking about the course Wendy Chandler Education Adviser at Parkinson's UK said: "As a charity we are always trying to ensure that as many health and social care professionals as possible understand how to best manage the condition. If we can train internal trainers they can cascade the learning to the staff who are on the front line caring for patients.
"We want patients with Parkinson's to be cared for by staff who properly understand the condition. Partnership working and cascaded learning helps us reach as many staff as possible."
Speaking about the six members of staff from LCHS who completed the course Wendy said: "They were absolutely brilliant and we had some extremely positive feedback and I know they will go out and deliver the session and really help staff understand the condition more fully."

ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE REMINDED OF RISKS OF COLD WEATHER
 

With cold weather upon us Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is urging elderly and vulnerable residents to take steps to ensure they stay well and safe this winter.

Cold weather spells can affect everyone but for the elderly and vulnerable a drop in temperature can aggravate certain health problems. This can lead to admittances to hospital which could be avoided.

"Keeping warm inside and outside the house during the winter months and taking simple precautions minimises the risk of problems developing," explains Susan Ombler, Deputy Chief Nurse at LCHS.
"Colder weather affects everybody at this time of year but it can cause serious problems for older and vulnerable people.
"Making sure your home is warm is one important step; it needs to be at least 18 degrees Celsius. It is also important to take extra precautions when we go out in cold weather.
"As neighbours we can also play an important role in checking on older and vulnerable residents. Sometimes that friendly knock on the door can make all the difference, don't wait for a crisis to arise to be a good neighbour.

Top tips to stay healthy and safe this winter include:
           
  • Ask your local pharmacy if they offer prescription pick-up and delivery services, these can help you avoid potentially hazardous journeys to collect medications in bad weather.
  • Dress in plenty of layers, particularly when leaving the house and make sure you have some warm shoes or boots with non-slip soles.
  • Check your heating and plumbing systems are working properly and have been serviced recently.
  • Ask if neighbours, family or friends can make checks on you periodically.
  • Keep an eye on weather forecasts, particularly severe weather warnings from the Met Office.
  • Keep a mixture of salt and sand handy to put on steps or paths in icy weather.
  • Keep simple cold, flu and sore throat remedies in the house.
  • Follow up your GP's invitation to have a flu jab.
  • Order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time, particularly if bad weather is forecast.
  • Do not go out unless you have to when it is icy or has been snowing.
  • Do not go out unless you have to when it is icy or has been snowing.

 For more information on staying well this winter log onto www.nhs.uk/staywell

DEDICATED SEXUAL HEALTH WEBSITE LAUNCHED
 

Safer sex, contraception and advice about sexually transmitted infections are just some of the topics covered on the newly launched dedicated sexual health website.
This new addition of the Lincolnshire Healthy Families websites has been launched by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).
The sexual health website covers a variety of topics including HIV and a guide to the countywide service, as well as information on what clinics are available. It also includes information on how you can look after your sexual health, all of which has been written by NHS professionals.

Paula Moody, Locality Lead at LCHS said:
"The website is a great resource. It gives people the opportunity to gain accurate and quality information on all aspects of sexual health. We know that accessing sexual health services can be a daunting thought, but we hope that the website will help put people's minds at rest.
"The website also has a direct link to the Lincolnshire Healthy Teens website where young people can access information on sexual health which is more appropriate to their age group."

The website is available on any platform with the internet, making it easy for people to access anytime anywhere.
Future plans for the website include having an online appointment booking system, which will enable people to choose where and when they would like to be seen.

Visit the website at www.lincolnshirehealthyfamilies.nhs.uk/sexualhealth

SUPPORT FOR BOTH MUM AND DAD WITH MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
 
Support and advice is available for both mums and dads with maternal mental health issues in Lincolnshire from health visitors.
Health visitors are specially trained to support both mum and dad and it is important that parents are open and honest about their feelings and emotions at their appointments.
Learning to be a parent is a slow process and can be fraught with many demands. Not only do you have to change to cope with the physical demands of a baby but also the emotional demands.

You may experience different emotions from being a 'positive parent' to a 'down daddy' or a 'miserable mummy'.

Leanne McHugh, Clinical Practice Educator and Health Visitor at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said:
"'Baby blues' can be evident in the first ten days, as mum's experience hormonal changes - this can affect 50 per cent of new mums but research also shows that up to 38 per cent of dads feel anxious and/or depressed during the parenting journey*.
"We also know that about one in ten women can be affected by postnatal depression. New fathers can also develop depression in the ante-natal or post-natal period. This is not uncommon, but can often come on more slowly than in women."

Health visitors are here to support parents every step of the way and can offer help with low mood and depression by:
           
  • offering ways to help you bond with your baby
  • offering reassurance and practical ideas to care for your baby/child's physical needs
  • offering a series of listening visits, this may include specific self-help measures
  • providing support and signposting to address other challenging aspects of life which may add to the cause of your depression
  • acting as a lead professional in partnership with yourself, to bring other professionals who may be involved in your care together, to co-ordinate a plan which will produce the best outcomes for you, your baby/child and your family.

The most important thing you can do is talk to someone and let them know how you feel and remember you are not alone in feeling this way.

For more information on maternal mental health please visit our dedicated website: www.lincolnshirehealthyfamilies.nhs.uk/maternalmentalhealth

ANTIBIOTICS NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER
Don’t go straight for the antibiotics if you are feeling ill - is the warning from GPs across South Lincolnshire. Many patients ask for antibiotics when visiting their GP as they assume a course of antibiotics is a cure-all solution. However the overuse of antibiotics can result in infections becoming resistant to the drug so they do not work. Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said:  “Fighting infections is a growing problem due to antibiotic resistance.  It is driven by overusing antibiotics, prescribing them inappropriately and patient’s not finishing the course. “To slow down the development of antibiotic resistance, it is important to use antibiotics in the right way – to use the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time, for the right duration. “Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed and never saved for later or shared with others.” Speak to your GP if you are given antibiotics and are concerned or visit the NHS Choices website for more information. For more information on staying well this winter visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

MATRON BECOMES OLDER PERSON'S NURSE FELLOW
A matron from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has participated in a pioneering scheme that aims to improve care for older people. Matron, Kim Barr was joined by 20 other nurse leaders from across the country in completing the pioneering scheme that saw them become the first cadre of Older Person's Nurse Fellows. Speaking about the scheme Kim said: "It has allowed for a platform to highlight the importance of identifying frailty and improving quality of care for older persons, something that is becoming increasingly important with our aging population." The Older Person's Nurse Fellowship, sponsored by Health Education England (HEE) was launched in November 2014 and aims to develop a group of nurse leaders with recognised expertise in care of older people, with the hope they will drive change and influence national strategy and policy. The group were congratulated for their work by senior nursing officials at a special event held at the House of Lords. Kim and the other fellows were hosted at the event by Baroness Sally Greengross in recognition of the importance of driving quality of care for older people through investing in nurse education. Speaking about the day Kim said: "It was a wonderful experience, to be selected to speak in such an historic venue on a topic that I am increadibly passionate about."


Over 65? Get your free flu jab now!
Autumn is here and the nights are drawing in, so it’s really important we take the time to look after ourselves, and one of the best things we can do is get the flu jab. NHS South Lincolnshire CCG is reminding patients over the age of 65 to protect themselves against flu this winter with a free vaccination. It is the best possible protection against the flu virus during the autumn and winter months when you’re more likely to suffer complications if you contract flu. Even if you’ve had the vaccination before it’s important to get it again because the type of virus in circulation changes every year and so the vaccine changes too. In winter 2013/14, over 9001 people nationwide were admitted to hospital with confirmed cases of flu and 10 per cent of all patients admitted died as a result of the flu virus. Look out for a letter from your GP telling you about the dates and times of their flu clinics. For the first time this year some pharmacies are offering the flu jab too. You will have to check with your local pharmacy but it’s another way of getting yourself protected. If you care for someone over 65 it’s advisable to get vaccinated too, so that you can protect yourself and the person you care for. Make an appointment today - it’s free because you need it.
For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

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
.  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