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Improving Lincolnshire’s health and wellbeing

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April is IBS Awareness Month

NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is backing IBS Awareness Month throughout April, to help raise awareness of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which affects between 10% and 15% of the population at some point in their life, yet many people remain undiagnosed and unaware that their symptoms indicate a medically recognized disorder.

People urged to keep appointments for second covid vaccinations…

People in Lincolnshire who are booked in during April to have their second covid vaccination are being urged to keep their appointments.

Walk-in covid vaccinations to be offered as part of…

  The Mass Vaccination Centre at PRSA, Boston, will be holding European Days over the next two weekends, in an effort to encourage more people from eastern European communities to have their first covid vaccination.

People aged 45 and over now able to book…

Following the confirmation nationally that everyone over 50, and those in high risk groups, have been offered a first dose of the covid vaccination, people aged 45 and over are now able to book their covid-19 vaccination, as the rollout out of the covid vaccine programme enters its second phase.

“Take the Test When Offered” – supporting Bowel Cancer…

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. Almost 42,000 people are diagnosed with it every year in the UK.

April is Stress Awareness Month

NHS Lincolnshire CCG is joining other CCGs across the UK in spreading the word about stress during Stress Awareness Month this April.

Supporting World Parkinson’s Day

Sunday 11 April is World Parkinson’s Day and GPs in Lincolnshire are calling on local residents to support it to help raise awareness of the condition and the support available across Lincolnshire, April is also Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Covid vaccination walk-in appointments available for people aged over…

People over the age of 50 who have not yet received their first covid vaccination are being offered the chance to attend a walk-in clinic at the Lincolnshire Showground Large Vaccination Centre tomorrow, Thursday 8 April, between 8am and 5pm, without a pre-booked appointment.

Make Use of your Pharmacy this Bank Holiday

NHS Lincolnshire CCG is encouraging people to talk to their local pharmacy for advice on medications and treatments – and how to take them safely as we approach the Bank Holiday. Find your local pharmacy and opening times.

Women who have had a history of Gestational Diabetes…

Did you know that if you have previously been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes? You are also at risk of developing Gestational Diabetes in future pregnancies.

March Board meeting to be held virtually

NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed that its next Board meeting will be held on Wednesday 31 March at 9.30 am. The meeting will be held virtually as a Live Event, as in previous months, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and members of the public will be able to join the meeting […]

Spalding Urgent Treatment Centre to open on 1 April

Bookable appointments will be just one of the new benefits on offer at Spalding’s new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), which will open next week on Thursday, 1 April.

NHS Lincolnshire Supports Ovarian Cancer Month

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and NHS Lincolnshire CCG is raising awareness of the symptoms associated with the disease.

Covid-19 vaccination Q&A with Professor Jonathan Van-Tam available to…

 Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, returned to his home town of Boston last week as part of Lincolnshire’s team of vaccinators at the Princess Royal Sports Arena, Boston. After his shift, Professor Van-Tam joined the county’s vaccination leaders as they took part in a question and answer session with local […]

Overnight urgent care services to reopen at Louth and…

Overnight urgent care services which were temporarily paused due to the demands of the coronavirus pandemic will reopen at Louth and Skegness hospitals from Thursday (1 April) next week.

Don’t forget your prescriptions over the Easter Bank Holiday

With the Easter bank holiday taking place over the weekend of Friday 2 to Monday 5 April, NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding patients to order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.

We’re urging local people who are eligible for a…

Dr Niemotko from Greyfriars Surgery, Boston, with a message urging local people who are eligible for a covid vaccination to book in as soon as possible.

Help shape Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services in Lincolnshire

  The NHS in Lincolnshire is reviewing its existing patient transport service and is seeking feedback to find out what is working well and where there can be areas of improvement. In particular we want to gather views about what a good service looks like and we will use this information to help shape the […]

The NHS in Lincolnshire Encourages Residents to Act FAST

  NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting the PHE Better Health “Act FAST” stroke symptoms campaign, by encouraging residents to adopt a healthy lifestyle such as eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking, as these can significantly reduce the risk of having a stroke.

Please be kind to our NHS staff

Unfortunately staff working at some of our vaccination and testing sites, as well as at our GP practice sites, have been subjected to various kinds of abuse in recent weeks.

NHS Lincolnshire CCG reminds patients to Know Their Kidneys

  Today, Thursday 11 March is World Kidney Day and local GPs are reminding people to know their kidneys.

NHS Lincolnshire CCG raising awareness of the signs and…

  NHS Lincolnshire CCG is reminding people to tell their GP practice if they have had a cough for three weeks or more and who don’t have COVID-19. This is part of a national campaign highlighting the signs and symptoms associated with lung cancer.

Joanne tells others with Down’s Syndrome not to be…

 A woman with Down’s Syndrome was so impressed by her recent experience of getting the coronavirus vaccination, that she has decided to help others by making her own video to help demystify the process.

Over 60’s now able to book their covid-19 vaccination

People aged 60 and over are now able to arrange their appointment at one of Lincolnshire’s Large Vaccination Centres (Boston’s PRSA or the Lincolnshire Showground) by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or calling 119 free of charge anytime between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.

Lincolnshire vaccination programme moves on to cohorts five and…

We are making excellent progress with the covid vaccination programme across Lincolnshire. Following the successful completion of vaccinations for people aged 70 and over (the first four cohorts), we are now vaccinating people in cohorts five and six.

Barnardo’s launches ‘Boloh’ – the UK’s first helpline supporting…

An urgently needed helpline supporting vulnerable Black, Asian and minority ethnic children and families, who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, has been launched by Barnardo’s.

‘Help Us, Help You’ lung cancer campaign

  NHS England and NHS Improvement, together with Public Health England, have launched the ‘Help Us, Help You’ lung cancer campaign to encourage people with a cough lasting three weeks or more and who don’t have COVID-19, to contact their GP practice.

NHS Lincolnshire CCG Supports National Heart Month

NHS Lincolnshire CCG is backing the British Heart Foundation’s National Heart Month, this February.

Have your say on local older people and frailty…

Residents in Lincolnshire are being asked to share their views as part of a new consultation on recent changes to local mental health services for older people.

NHS Lincolnshire Citizens’ Panel member wins £250 with more…

A member of the NHS Lincolnshire Citizens’ Panel has won £250 in a prize draw to celebrate the first survey release.

If you are aged 70 and over and not…

The Covid-19 vaccination programme in Lincolnshire is continuing to focus on protecting the most vulnerable, and we have now almost completed first dose appointment invitations to all over 70 year olds in the county.

Book or manage your coronavirus vaccination

We are getting a number of people not turning up for their vaccine appointments.  If you need to amend or cancel your appointment, please do not contact the vaccination site – they cannot amend/cancel your booking for you.

Managing Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the name for hearing noises that are not caused by an outside source. Usually not a sign of any serious conditions, as well as being something that generally improves over time, there are treatments that can help with Tinnitus.

County’s pandemic fight strengthened as second large COVID-19 vaccination…

Lincolnshire’s second large vaccination centre will open on Tuesday (2/2/21) at the Lincolnshire Showground, helping local patients to get their COVID-19 vaccination more quickly in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

HWLincs – hosted Covid-19 Vaccination Webinar available on demand

A HWLincs/Healthwatch Lincolnshire COVID-19 Vaccination Information webinar has been watched by thousands of people and the team responsible for vaccinating Lincolnshire will follow up the session with answers to the hundreds of questions from the public.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust appoints new Chair

The county’s leading provider of mental health and learning disabilities services, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, welcomes the appointment of its new Chair, Kevin Lockyer, who will officially take up the position on 1 May 2021.

Independent frontline providers asked to book in for vaccination

Independent providers of health/social care or care support services in Lincolnshire are being asked to ensure they supply their details so that they can be booked in for the covid-19 vaccination.

Senior Lincolnshire clinicians delighted with Covid vaccination early progress

Yesterday, for the first time, there was a national publication of verified Covid vaccination data. This reported the amount of vaccinations delivered across each system in the NHS, including Lincolnshire.

COVID-19 Vaccination options

Following the opening of Lincolnshire’s first large vaccination centre at Boston’s Princess Royal Sports Arena (PRSA) on Monday 18 January, letters have begun to be sent to people over 70 who live within 45 minutes driving distance, inviting them to book their vaccination through the national booking service (online or by telephone).

Lincolnshire NHS leading the way with its first large…

The Covid vaccination programme in Lincolnshire continues to successfully roll out, meaning the protection of the county’s residents through vaccination is successfully continuing.  Specifically, Lincolnshire has been:

Looking after your mental health – Let’s all help…

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. Do something now…

Latest update on Covid-19 vaccine sites in Lincolnshire

The covid vaccination process in Lincolnshire has got off to a great start. We were amongst the first in the country to start vaccinating on 8th December through our first hospital hub at Lincoln County Hospital, we were amongst the first to start vaccinating through our GP led primary care network model, with eight centres […]

December Board meeting to be held virtually

NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed that its next Board meeting will be held on Wednesday 23 December at 9.30 am. The meeting will be held virtually as a Live Event, as in previous months, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and members of the public will be able to join the meeting […]

Give yourself a break from alcohol this January

January is a time when many of us want to give our body a break and start looking after our health again and NHS Lincolnshire CCG is encouraging people to give themselves a break from alcohol during January.

New Year resolution tips from your local NHS

NHS Lincolnshire CCG is encouraging everyone to put wellbeing at the top of their New Year resolutions list and stay fit and healthy using some simple and effective health tips.

Don’t get caught out by a cold snap –…

GPs in Lincolnshire are urging people with long-term health issues to keep medicine cabinets fully stocked – and don’t leave themselves at the mercy of the fast-changing winter weather.

Encouraging children to adopt good hand hygiene

 NHS Lincolnshire CCG is encouraging everyone, particularly children and those visiting hospitals and care homes, to adopt good hand hygiene this winter.

Order your bank holiday prescriptions early

With the Christmas and New Year bank holidays approaching, NHS Lincolnshire CCG is reminding patients to order their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time. This year the bank holiday will extend from Friday 25 December through to Tuesday 29 December.

Covid-19 vaccine roll out extended in Lincolnshire, as part…

Hundreds of local vaccination services run by family doctors and their teams will open across England this week, as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.

The Covid-19 vaccination is being rolled out in phases

The Covid-19 vaccination is being rolled out in phases. If you are 80 years old or over, please wait for an invitation to be called for your vaccination there is no need for patients to contact their practice. Please do not turn up at your practice for a vaccination without an appointment. See COVID-19 vaccination: […]

COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for roll out in…

The NHS in Lincolnshire welcomes the confirmation that a COVID 19 vaccine has been approved for roll out. We have been working with partners across the system for many months to prepare for the arrival of the vaccine and we are proud and ready to have one of the first hubs to start vaccinations this […]

Flu jab for people with long-term conditions

People with a long-term health condition including diabetes, low immunity, respiratory illnesses such as asthma and COPD, and heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease are being urged to get the free flu jab this winter.

NHS Lincolnshire CCG supporting Lung Cancer Awareness Month

As we approach the end of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding people to tell their doctor if they have had a cough for three weeks or more.

People with learning disabilities in Lincolnshire urged to not…

Don’t miss out.  That’s the message to people in Lincolnshire with learning disabilities from NHS Lincolnshire CCG, who are being urged to tell their doctor if they have a learning disability, or someone they care for does, so they can be added to the learning disability register at their practice and offered a full health […]

Reminder about mental health helpline available across Lincolnshire

People across Lincolnshire are being reminded that the county has its own confidential mental health and emotional wellbeing helpline.

Flu vaccination programme open to 50-64-year olds

From 1 December, the flu vaccination programme will be extended to 50–64-year olds, and NHS Lincolnshire CCG is reminding people in this group to book in for their vaccination at either their GP practice or their local community pharmacy.

Think Self Care for Life: Invest in your future…

NHS Lincolnshire CCG is asking patients to invest in their future health following Self Care Week by making small changes that can make a big difference. Think Self Care for Life is about making improvements in your life to protect your physical health and mental wellbeing.

November Board meeting to be held virtually

Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed that its next Board meeting will be held on Wednesday 25 November at 9.30 am. The meeting will be held virtually as a Live Event, as in previous months, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and that members of the public will be able to join the meeting […]

 Lincolnshire’s NHS reaches out to community with ‘Let’s do…

People throughout Lincolnshire are being urged to continue showing their support for the NHS by keeping up some of the positive changes they have adopted since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Top five things to know and do this Movember!

Around the world, brothers, partners, sons and fathers are all dying younger than they should and we want to raise awareness of men’s health this Movember by highlighting some of the biggest killers: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide. Globally, men die on average six years earlier than women, and for reasons that […]

Think Self Care for Life: Think the Pharmacist for…

It’s Self Care Week 2020 (16 – 22 November), and NHS Lincolnshire CCG wants to remind you of the health expert on the high street – the community pharmacist.

BLOG: World Diabetes Day – Lisa, ICS Health and Wellbeing…

Hi my name is Lisa, and I am Health and Wellbeing Coach for ICS Health & Wellbeing, the provider for the National Diabetes Prevention Programme in Lincolnshire, and I want to let you know about our brilliant programme.

World Diabetes Day – NHS Diabetes advice and support…

The 14 November is World Diabetes Day. Recent reports show that people living with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with Covid-19, and the NHS in Lincolnshire is reaching out to people living with diabetes who may be concerned by this news, and also to those who are worried about developing Type 2 […]

Potential fraud involving flu vaccinations

We are aware of a potential fraud involving flu vaccinations, whereby a patient booked an appointment for a vaccination via a website called Patient Access, paid £15, and subsequently attended a local GP practice for a service/appointment that does not exist.

New service to support people who have deteriorating health…

A new service to support people who have deteriorating health and require supportive palliative care is being launched in Lincolnshire next week.

Raising awareness of stress

NHS Lincolnshire CCG is joining the UK in spreading the word about National Stress Awareness Day, today Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Update re Roche/impact on routine tests

Further to the update we posted last week, we are pleased to confirm that the problems being experienced by NHS supplier Roche should be fully resolved by Friday 6 November, which will mean that GP practices will be in a position to begin booking/rescheduling routine blood tests over the next few days. We would like […]

Get on top of head lice and nits this…

October 31 is National Bug Busting Day and NHS Lincolnshire CCG is raising awareness of the treatment for head lice and nits.

People urged to attend cancer appointments

The NHS in Lincolnshire is encouraging patients to get tested for suspected bladder cancer after a number of people choose not to attend their appointment.

Update re Roche/impact on routine tests

Further to the update we shared last week, unfortunately the problems being experienced by NHS supplier Roche are not fully resolved and there is still a temporary shortage of certain chemicals that is affecting the availability of routine blood tests carried out by GP practices, although our GP practices can still process clinically urgent tests. […]

October Board meeting to be held virtually

Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed that its next Board meeting will be held on Wednesday 28 October at 9.30 am. The meeting will be held virtually as a Live Event, as in previous months, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and that members of the public will be able to join the meeting […]

Do you know the dangers of high cholesterol?

October is National Cholesterol Month and GPs across Lincolnshire are encouraging people to take steps to reduce their cholesterol.

Protect your unborn baby this winter with a free…

Keeping fit and healthy in pregnancy is important for your baby’s growth and development. The immune system is naturally lower during pregnancy, so if you were to catch the flu it could become serious very quickly, therefore, NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging all pregnant women to get a free flu vaccination this […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October, in a bid to raise awareness about the importance of attending screening and early detection of breast cancer.

We are celebrating Black History Month

As part of our celebrations for Black History Month 2020, we will be holding a series of Microsoft Team live events which are open to all staff across Lincolnshire NHS organisations to celebrate Black and Asian History. With guest speakers with a wealth of experience around Race Equality, the live events will allow delegates to […]

Sleaford GP practices – internet connection restored

The internet connection to Sleaford Surgery, Handley Street, and Sleaford Medical Group has been restored. Thank you for your patience.

Abbeyview Surgery GP included in list of 50 unsung…

A local GP has been selected by Pulse as one of its 50 unsung GPs around the country, following a nomination from a patient. Dr Fleur England, GP Partner, The Abbeyview Surgery, Crowland, was nominated for treating every patient “as if she has all the time in the world”, was praised by the patient for […]

CCG reminds people about the importance of flu vaccine

Whilst the entire country’s focus – and that of the NHS – has been firmly on COVID-19 over the past five months, another significant pressure faced by the NHS is seasonal flu, and NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging people to have a flu vaccine if they are eligible, to do their bit […]

Watch out for the signs of melanoma

Even as we approach the end of summer, NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is highlighting the signs and symptoms of melanoma.

Inspired by summer sports? What to do with sprains…

With televised sport looking likely to return to our screens, you may be inspired to take up a new sport or leisure activity.  But NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is warning people to take a few simple steps to avoid a sprain or strain.

Vale Medical Group announces proposal to close branch practice…

The Vale Medical Group, comprising Long Clawson Medical Practice, The Stackyard Surgery in Croxton Kerrial, and The Woolsthorpe Surgery, has announced its proposal to permanently close its branch practice in Woolsthorpe, following its temporary closure in March, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Are you making the most of your local pharmacy?

NHS Lincolnshire CCG is reminding residents about the range of services available in local pharmacies.  Often, people make unnecessary trips and calls to the GP surgery or even A&E, when the neighbourhood pharmacy could help instead.

August Board meeting to be held virtually

Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed that its next Board meeting, will be held on Wednesday 26 August at 9.30 am. The meeting will be held virtually as a Live Event, as in previous months, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and that members of the public will be able to join the meeting […]

The power of parents – be a summer superhero

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all know that you can’t stop children having bumps and scrapes, but you can be their summer superhero by knowing how to come to their rescue.  These seven tips can give you the superpowers you need when they think it’s the end of the world.

Order your bank holiday prescriptions early

With the bank holiday approaching on Monday 31 August, Lincolnshire CCG is reminding patients to order their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.

Do the right thing and protect your child this…

Lincolnshire parents are being asked to do the right thing this winter by making sure that their child receives a free flu vaccination.

New video to reassure endoscopy patients

RM Partners has produced a new information video for patients scheduled for an endoscopy, to reassure them that it is safe to attend their appointment.

CCG reminds people about the importance of flu vaccine

Whilst the entire country’s focus – and that of the NHS – has been firmly on COVID-19 over the past five months, another significant pressure faced by the NHS is seasonal flu, and NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging people to have a flu vaccine if they are eligible, to do their bit […]

How the NHS in Lincolnshire has adapted to COVID-19…

If you are unwell and need to seek medical attention, it is important that you do this.  COVID-19 has meant that the NHS has had to change the way we work, but hospitals, GP practices, pharmacies, optometrists and dentists are still open to provide advice, assessment and treatment of your conditions.

Start your journey to better health

Public Health England have launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment. Better Health will help capture the imagination of the nation, using this unique moment in time to help kick start our health – to eat better and get active. COVID-19 has affected the whole country; […]

Making the most of the sunshine? Be prepared for…

With the staycation period in full swing many parents will be making the most of the sunshine.   If your children are like most, they are probably chasing each other around the garden using more energy than you can muster.  But with all that energy and excitement flowing there’s bound to be a fall, scrape or […]

Going on a staycation – what to take with…

Going on a staycation is exciting, with lots of things to plan, but taking certain essential items can help maximise your time in the sun.  A visit your local pharmacy should feature in your preparations.

Talk before you Walk – get all the NHS…

Talk before you Walk to help you get advice quickly, easily and conveniently is the ask of the public when accessing health services in Lincolnshire.

July Board meeting to be held virtually

Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed that its next Board meeting, will be held on Wednesday 22 July at 9.30 am. The meeting will be held virtually as a Live Event, as in previous months, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and that members of the public will be able to join the meeting […]

Annual Report and Accounts 2019/2020

NHS Lincolnshire CCG has just published the final Annual Reports and Accounts documents for the previous four Lincolnshire CCGs – Lincolnshire East, South Lincolnshire, South West Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire West. These organisations ceased to exist on 1 April 2020 following the formation of a single CCG for the County.

A day out – sun care/self-care

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. However, you can avoid feeling uncomfortable or unwell by making sure you are prepared for summer.

Diabetic? Don’t let the HEAT spoil your fun in…

Whether you’re going on a staycation or simply spending time outdoors in the sun, high temperatures and close humidity can affect your health if you have a long-term condition, such as diabetes.

Don’t let hay fever get you down this summer…

Pollen counts are high! Hay fever is the most common seasonal allergy, affecting one in five of us at some point in our lives, and the symptoms can make life very difficult for sufferers. It can come and go at any time in life so for those that haven’t had it before it can take […]

June Board meeting to be held virtually

Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed that its next Board meeting, will be held on Wednesday 24 June at 9.30 am. The meeting will be held virtually as a Live Event, as in previous months, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and that members of the public will be able to join the meeting […]

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