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Urgent appeal for the return of community healthcare equipment

Can you help us? We’re making an urgent appeal to our service users: if you have any of our community healthcare equipment you no longer need, please complete the form below, to arrange for it to be collected. Our collections are free and contactless, where possible, we will pick up from outside people’s homes to ensure everybody stays safe. Due to shortages, our priority is to collect community beds, mattresses, commodes, bath lifts, shower chairs, toilet surrounds, patient turning equipment, hoists and slings. This equipment is loaned on behalf of the NHS and social care teams when people leave hospital or after a period of illness, to help them stay safe at home and retain their independence. At present, we have ample stocks of smaller...

Coronavirus information

We’ll always act in the best interests of the people who use or work within our services; therefore while we aim to continue to deliver our services as business as usual, we’ll balance this with our responsibility to ensure that the safety of our service users and colleagues is maintained.  Our pandemic management team continue to review the latest government guidance and information (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public) and update our plans, to ensure we’re aligned to the latest position. If you’re one of our service users and have returned from one of the countries affected with Coronavirus (as listed on the government website) within the last 14 days or had contact with somebody with Coronavirus and has a cough, fever or shortness of breath, in addition to calling 111,...

Patients can help shape future Diabetes services in Lincolnshire

Patients will have the chance to shape diabetes services across Lincolnshire at a meeting in Sleaford this month. Representatives from the NHS in Lincolnshire will be at the New Life Centre in the town on April 21 to speak with patients to better understand how to meet their needs. In Lincolnshire, 49,000 people are living with Diabetes, which is roughly 8 per cent of the population. In 12 months from March 2016, nearly 1,000 people in the county were diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, a two per cent rise on the previous year. Currently, patients with diabetes have access to a number of support programmes such as Diabetes UK’s ‘Living with Diabetes days’. However, under future visions for the health system,...

Dementia Awareness

About Dementia Dementia is a common problem, usually occurring in people over the age of 65 years. Dementia in itself is not a disease, but is a collection of symptoms caused by certain conditions. Symptoms Dementia has numerous symptoms associated with a decline in brain function, including • memory loss • thinking speed • mental agility • language • understanding • judgement Other symptoms can include: • difficulties with concentration • depression • personality and mood changes • confusion • difficulty finding the right words Diagnosis An early diagnosis helps with getting the right treatment and to plan for the future. In diagnosing dementia, a GP will conduct a series of tests, such as a physical examination, blood test and memory tasks. The doctor may...

Dangerous plants

Dangerous plants We are lucky in the UK that we have few dangerous plants.  Most plants are harmless; however, some do sting, scratch or are poisonous. Keep your family safe by reading the guide to plant hazards on the NHS website. See our pointers below: Giant hogweed Giant hogweed can be a big danger; causing severe, painful burns and making your skin sun-sensitive if brushed against. It can grow up to 5m tall, often along footpaths and riverbanks. What to do: If you come into contact with this plant, cover the affected area and wash it with soap and water. The blisters heal very slowly and can cause a skin rash which flares up in sunlight. Always visit your GP if you feel unwell after...

Alcohol Awareness

With the festive season looming, you might be tempted to indulge in a little more alcohol than usual. The NHS recommends that both men and women should not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week.  See our handy guide below for what a unit actually is – your intake may be more than you think. Impact on health Alcohol can cause major health problems that include diseases of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, heart, mouth, throat, larynx and colon, to name but a few, as well as contributing to high blood pressure and depression. The relationship between alcohol and disease is mostly related to the amount of alcohol consumed; i.e. the more you drink, the greater the risk.   Driving It goes without...

Dehydration

For more detailed information on dehydration, please visit the NHS website. It’s easy in the summer months to become dehydrated, either due to excessive perspiration, not taking in enough fluid or as a result of illness, such as a vomiting and diarrhoea bug. Your body can be affected even if you only lose a small amount of fluid. If you are feeling thirsty, lightheaded, overtired, dry-mouthed, need to go to the toilet less often than usual or have dark or strong-smelling urine, these could be early warning signs that you are dehydrated. Babies and infants, the elderly, people with long-term health conditions and those who exercise for long periods at a time are particularly at risk of becoming dehydrated. If you're dehydrated, you need to...

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke

We hope you're all enjoying the Summer and staying sun safe! Two potentially serious health conditions in this hot weather are heat exhaustion and heatstroke. We've listed a few facts below. For more detailed information, visit the NHS website Tips for avoiding heat exhaustion and heatstroke • Stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, usually between 11am and 3pm • Apply sunscreen, wear a hat and walk in the shade • Do not leave anyone in a parked car • Avoid excessive physical exertion • Drink plenty of fluids, avoiding caffeine and alcohol • Eat cold foods, especially those with a high water content such as fruit and salad • Take a cool shower or bath or wash yourself down...
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