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Pioneering work showcasing all that’s fabulous about the NHS in Lincolnshire is being shared across the local healthcare community this week.
It’s all part of the national awareness campaign Fab Change Week (November 13-17), organised by the Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff.
The week encourages teams and individuals to make a pledge, big or small, to help make a difference within the NHS.
Staff are encouraged to upload their pledges to the academy’s website to help highlight and share best practice, service improvements, kindness and compassion.
At United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) around 150 fab pledges have rolled in from staff over the past few months, including one from Clinical Education Nurse, Sam McCarthy-Phull, who came up with a novel idea to help those who might struggle with their finances this Christmas time.
Sam has mobilised more than 80 teams across the Trust to donate goodie-filled Christmas hampers to foodbanks across the county.
From November 14 to December 14 staff are being asked to donate items to the hampers which will then be delivered to local foodbanks in good time for the festive period.
“ULHT staff show kindness and compassion to our patients every single day, and I just thought this would be another way of showing how we can support people in the local community at this time of year,” said Sam.
“I’m absolutely delighted and overwhelmed by the response so far, the staff are really getting behind it and we’ve put together some lovely hampers already. I’m very proud of them all.”
The Trust’s Board of Directors have also been making their pledges. Director of Finance Karen Brown said: “As a fairly new member of staff, my pledge was to visit more clinical areas.
“I’ve been really impressed by each team I’ve visited, which show examples of our staff striving for excellence in patient care, compassion in the way they work and innovative ways to change daily practice.”
Over at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), the pledges have also been coming in thick and fast.
So far they have included improving dementia education for staff, promoting services and introducing Pets as Therapy dogs into hospital wards.
Mary Kindred, who works in LCHS’s operations centre, has pledged to continue litter picks along riverside footpaths near Beech House, Lincoln, to improve the environment for staff and the public.
Mary estimates she has collected approximately 1,100 bags of plastic bottles, glass bottles and aluminium cans from hedges, footpaths and picnic areas since joining the trust in November 2015.
“There was so much litter along the river that I started to pick up a few pieces as I walked by,” explained Mary.
“I wanted to improve the environment for anyone walking by, particularly staff who spend time outside during breaks and time out. Since then I’ve made lots of contacts from other people based along the river who are happy to do the same and have now started to recycle other things where I can in the office, such as old uniform bags.”
Meanwhile at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) staff have devised a random act of kindness bingo board. Players draw an activity that they must complete in order to make a little ‘fab change’ to someone’s day.
These include introducing themselves by name to a new person, asking someone if they’re ok or talking to a patient about their experience of using mental health and learning disability services.
Visit the academy website here – https://fabnhsstuff.net/ – to view all of the pledges made for Fab Change Week and get involved to support the event.
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After initial inquiries failed to identify an offender, police are appealing for witnesses who may have images or footage of a serious assault at the Lost Village festival 2017.
The victim received extensive injuries which include a fractured eye socket and trauma to her spine.
Police hope that someone who attended the festival can help with our search to identify the person responsible and we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this, or has any photographs or video from around this time. They believe the suspect was seen throwing blue powder around shortly before the assault took place.
Alongside the organisers of the festival, police are searching through the official photographs and video with the intention of identifying the perpetrator of this vicious assault.
The suspect is described as white, in her mid-20s, with dark brown or black shoulder length, curly hair. Her build was described as medium to heavy and she was wearing a green and black large square checked dress and glasses.
Detective Sergeant Wynn, the Investigating Officer, said; “This assault has had a devastating effect on the victim. We will search all of the photographs and video available to us and speak to witnesses to identify the assailant. I would appeal directly to the other woman involved in this attack to get in touch; this like all investigations is a search for the truth.”
Police would like to hear from you if you have any information that could assist the inquiry.
There are a number of ways you can report:
- Via our non-emergency number 101, quoting incident number 191 of 31 August 2017.
- Through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
- In an emergency always call 999
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Now into their 24th year of this popular fund raising service, once again Grantham Scouts will be involved in delivering Christmas cards within the Grantham NG31 area, plus Barrowby, Great Gonerby, Harlaxton, Ancaster, Colsterworth and Bottesford ONLY. NO OTHER AREAS PLEASE.
Since the scheme started in 1993, more than 375,000 cards have been delivered, raising approximately £53,000 for local Scouts.
The stamp price this year has been raised to 25p, after many years at 20p.
Groups who deliver the cards will receive 18p of the 25p for each stamp on a card delivered in their Area. The remainder goes towards district-wide projects.
Last year over 15,000 cards were delivered, boosting local Group funds and at the same time helping to save money for local residents.
All the money earned either went to the individual Groups who delivered the cards and was spent on a variety of projects at local Group level, including the purchase of new camping and activity equipment, or to the District for funding bigger projects, such as the continuing need for maintenance and improvements at the Ancaster campsite, Dukes Covert.
From Monday 20th November special “Scout Stamps” will be on sale at the outlets listed below, all of which have special posting boxes.
As mentioned, stamps this year are ONLY 25p each, except for large cards and calendars which will be 50p each. Deliveries will commence from the first week in December.
- Barrowbygate Pharmacy, Winchester Road
- McColls, New Beacon Road
- The Melton Building Society, 43 High Street
- G Skinner & Sons Butchers, Barrowby
- Coversure Insurance, Conduit Lane (opp. Café)
- Grantham Library, Isaac Newton Centre
- Gonerby Club, High Street, Great Gonerby
- Day – Today News, Rushcliffe Road
- Cards for Good Causes, George Centre
- John Beaty Motors, Castlegate
Finally a reminder to properly address the cards, and please only post them for the areas listed above – NO OTHER AREAS!
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Patients recovering from brain injuries in hospital can now make use of a newly revamped rehabilitation gym to help get them back on the road to recovery.
The refurb is part of a major £900,000 expansion of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) Ashby ward at Lincoln County Hospital, which is being increased from 12 to 18 beds.
The gym offers a range of rehabilitation equipment for patients to utilise, and in addition to exercise bikes, walking frames, parallel bars and arm supports also includes a multi-directional ceiling-mounted tracking hoist, which fully supports patients who are learning to walk again.
Sue Williams, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist on Ashby ward said even more patients will now be able to make use of the new facilities.
“We support patients who have suffered brain injuries or who have other complex neurological disorders, to help them work towards gaining independence,” said Sue.
“As part of the ongoing expansion of Ashby ward, we’ve relocated the gym which is now open seven-days-a-week for supported therapy sessions for patients.
“We have a range of therapy equipment, which help patients through supported standing to aid their balance and we also have mobile arm supports for upper limb rehabilitation and arm strengthening.
“In addition, our new ‘Likorail’ hoist means patients are no longer restricted to just using the handrails – they can now walk around the entire room fully supported.”
Patients on the ward usually spend around an hour at a time in the gym, supported by qualified staff throughout their physiotherapy programme.
Clinical Lead for Therapies and Rehabilitation at ULHT, Anita Cooper said: “We have moved the gym and therapy room into the centre of the unit and the additional beds will mean we can get patients in sooner and start their rehabilitation earlier than ever before.
“We’ve already opened two of the new en-suite bedrooms and are expecting to open the final four by the end of the month once the building work is complete.”
Keith Jones (75), has been a patient on Ashby for the past two months after being diagnosed with a lymphoma on the spine and losing the feeling in his legs.
He said that regular sessions in the gym along with help from the hospital staff, have gradually built his confidence back up.
“When you can’t move, it’s a really frightening thing. But gradually with exercise and with the gym hoist to keep you secure, it starts to give you confidence,” said Keith.
“The gym is excellent, it has everything you need in there and combined with the tremendous support from the staff, really keeps you going.
“It’s a daunting prospect but you can see improvements with the exercises every day and start to map out what you can do.”
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The bereavement centre at Lincoln County Hospital has welcomed a thoughtful donation from a local supermarket.
The centre, which was officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester in July, offers help and advice to the families of patients who have passed away.
Asda has offered to donate flowers for the centre’s communal areas as part of the store’s ongoing commitment to support the local community. Paula Robinson is the North Hykeham store’s community champion and delivers the flowers once a fortnight
Store Manager Adele Bayfield said: “We’re always really keen to support local charities and good causes and this is one of many ways we see the store helping out members of the local community.
“The team at the centre are doing a fantastic job in helping the community we live in at what must be a very sad and difficult time for local families and we’re proud to support that work.”
Bereavement Co-ordinator Ruth Birkinshaw added: “Here at the centre we provide a quiet and peaceful environment for people who have been bereaved and the flowers are a lovely and caring touch.
“The immediate period following bereavement is a particularly difficult time and whilst every loss is unique and people will grieve differently, there are inevitably practical arrangements which need to be addressed. We’re here to help alleviate some of the anxiety surrounding these arrangements and offer essential support that it is simply not possible to on busy hospital wards.
“It’s the thoughtful touches that often make a big difference in such sad circumstances. Thank you to everyone at Asda.”
Police are appealing for witnesses and help to trace one man after a robbery took place in Sleaford.
At around 3.30pm on Wednesday November 1 a man and woman were sitting in a black Punto in the car park at Cogglesford Mill when they were approached by a man. He demanded money before making off with a small amount of cash.
A 31-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and is currently in police custody where he will be interviewed by investigating officers.
We are keen to trace another man who is believed to have been in the area at the time who may have information that could help the enquiry. We would also like to hear from anyone who might have been nearby and may have seen or heard anything in relation to the incident.
In addition, two empty cars are believed to have been parked next to the Punto and we would like to trace the owners of those vehicles.
There may be a connection to an earlier incident that happened around 3.05pm the same afternoon in Eastgate. A woman and her daughter were waiting in a car outside the junior school when two men approached from the direction of the cemetery and tried the door handle on the car. We would like to hear from anyone else who was parked near the school and may have seen these men.
If any of this is applicable to you, or you have any information you think could help the enquiry, please contact us on 101 quoting incident 381 of 01/11/2017. Alternatively contact the independent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Reference: Incident 381 of 01/11/2017
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