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Background picture taken of havesting in a corn field on Honeyholes Lane August 2014


Welton Family Health Centre 

Newsletter August 2018



In July we had 39 patients fail to attend for their GP appointments and 116 patients fail to attend for their nursing appointments. This adds up to 25 hours of appointments in one month which could be used by another patient of the practice. This has increased by more than two hours in one month!

Please try and let us know if you are unable to make an appointment, even if it is short notice, as in most cases we can re-book it with another patient.


To try and reduce the number of DNA’s as well as many other benefits, the Practice will be increasing the use of their text messaging service with immediate effect. Those patients that have given us consent to text them via their mobile telephone numbers may see an increase in correspondence from the Practice using this format.

Text messaging may be used for appointment booking confirmation and reminders of appointments to help reduce DNA’s, questionnaires and ‘Friends and Family’ surveys, medication / appointment review and ‘flu clinic reminders, results and general correspondence may all be sent in this way. If you would like to benefit from this service, please see reception to sign up. 



In preparation for the forthcoming ‘flu season, please could patients that are carers for others please let reception know so that we are able to make a note on your records and offer you a ‘flu vaccine if you are eligible.



The Practice has already been preparing for this year’s ‘flu vaccination programme and from early September we will be offering appointments and drop in clinics for those patients that are eligible. Please look out for further information at the surgery, and if you have an appointment please ask at the time if you are eligible for a vaccination.

Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild illness in most people. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition. Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people are advised to have a flu vaccine each year. For otherwise healthy people flu can be very unpleasant, however most people will recover from flu within a week or two.

People who should have a flu vaccine

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You should have the flu vaccine if you: 

  • are 65 years of age or over   
  • are pregnant 
  • have certain medical conditions 
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility 

receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 


 Flu vaccine for children

The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • children aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2018 – that is, born between September 1 2014 and August 31 2016

* children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Children aged between 6 months and 2 years of age who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.

Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.

65s and over and the flu vaccine

You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2018/19) if you are aged 65 and over on March 31 2019 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1954. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2019, you do qualify.

Pregnant women and the flu vaccine

If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached. That's because there's strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.

If you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:

  • it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
  • it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight because of flu

it will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life

It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. Talk to your GP or midwife if you want more information.

Flu vaccine for people with medical conditions

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:  

a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP or Practice Nurse about this.

Flu vaccine for health and social care workers

If you're a frontline health and social care worker, you are eligible for an NHS flu vaccine to protect yourself, your colleagues and other members of the community. It is your employer's responsibility to arrange vaccination for you.

Flu vaccine for carers

If you are the main carer for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP or Practice Nurse about having a flu vaccine along with the person you care for.

Types of flu vaccine available

This year (2018) there are 3 different types of flu vaccine:

  • a live quadrivalent vaccine (which protects against 4 strains of flu), given as a nasal spray. This is for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years eligible for the flu vaccine
  • a quadrivalent injected vaccine. This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65 who are at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition and for children 6 months and above in an eligible group who cannot receive the live vaccine

an adjuvanted injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over

If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they will be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2.

Please make an appointment or attend a drop in clinic at the Practice as soon as possible to help prevent additional strain and reduce winter pressures on the Practice, appointments and hospital admissions.


With the growing pressures facing general practice new models of working are vital in order to protect and sustain the valuable medical services we enjoy today as part of the NHS. Patients are living longer with their resultant complex medical needs, the population is growing and there are too few qualified doctors to provide the overall service – the perfect storm.


 Practices are encouraged to work within a federated approach, supported by NHS England in the Five year Forward View, by sharing responsibility for delivering high quality, patient focussed services within the community. These can include developing services specifically to suit local needs which are more easily commissioned “ at scale”, ie across a number of districts.  Federations may choose to submit bids for services which are already part of primary care or for new services aimed to improve the quality and safety of services.

This model also provides opportunities for economies of scale, by reducing duplication of effort ( e.g. by sharing back office functions, sharing training and education, or expertise in certain areas. )


 Your practice works as part of Imp Healthcare Ltd which consists of the following practices:

Nettleham, Lindum, Minster, Welton, Ingham, Willingham by Stow, Glebe Park, Abbey and Cliff House.


 Imp Healthcare Ltd are piloting extended hours accessibility from 1st September ’18 between the federation which will allow registered patients of any of these practices to access a variety of appointments with healthcare professionals operating from any of the federation practices,  in addition to those currently provided under the routine General Medical Services contract.  These appointments will be spread throughout the week, Monday to Sunday, and are for routine, non-urgent appointments only. In order to access the range of appointments on offer patients must give consent for the consulter to access their full medical records.



The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 18th September 2018 until 8am on  Wednesday 19th September 2018.


 When considering the staff training afternoon, please could we ask that you order any medication with as much notice as possible to enable us to meet the tight deadlines that we face. A minimum of two working days’ notice is required please. For those that don’t already use the service, we have facilities to order your medication online at any time, please see Dispensary for more details.



We are pleased to announce that Dr Cheryl Mensah will be joining the Practice for eight months as a GP following her final rotation as a GP Registrar. We know Dr Mensah is very popular already with the patients and staff and we look forward to working with her.


 Nadina Prestedge

Practice Manager

Nettleham Woodland Trust


Early in 2009 Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust purchased 19.25 hectares of farmland in Ashing Lane Dunholme and Nettleham Woodland Trust has secured a 125 year lease to create and maintain around 15 hectares a new woodland on this site.

The whole area is called Ashing Lane Nature Reserve and a new woodland in known as Monks Wood, in memory of Dennis Monk, the late Director of the Lincoln branch of WREN, which funded the purchase of the land.  The first phase of tree planting took place in February 2009, when over 10,000 trees and shrubs were planted by local families, schools, scouts, guides and college students. Woodland rides were created, enabling push-chair and wheelchair access. By the end of 2009 over 18000 native trees and shrubs had been panted.

The Nettleham Woodland Trust needs enthusiastic group of volunteers willing to assist in the planting and subsequent maintenance of the woodlands. It’s a great way to meet like minded people, make new friend and participate in some healthy outdoor exercise.

If you would like to help in any way or for more information please contact:


The Secretary, Nettleham Woodland Trust

18 Beach Avenue, Nettleham LN2 2PP

Or visit the web site


Susie Mendel, Secretary, Nettleham Woodland TrustRegistered Charity Number 111985418 Beech Avenue, Nettleham LN2 2PP.  Tel: 01522-751283Email: David Cotten Chair Email: dmc206cc@yahoo.comRod Newborough Woodland Advisor Email: 

Do you know the difference between two serious medical emergencies, a heart attack and a cardiac arrest? Often you hear the descriptions muddled either in everyday use or in the media, but there are some important differences. Here's a quick guide:
A heart attack is when one of the coronary arteries becomes blocked, heart attack symptoms can be difficult to spot for sure, because they can vary from person to person. The most common signs include: chest pain, tightness, heaviness, pain or a burning feeling in your chest pain in the arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach for some people the pain and tightness will be severe, while for others it will just feel
uncomfortable, sweating, feeling light-headed, becoming short of breath, feeling nauseous or vomiting.
A heart attack is a life-threatening emergency. If you think someone is suffering one, it is important to dial 999 straight away and ensure the person rests immediately as it is possible that in some cases a
heart attack will develop into a cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest happens when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood around your body.
Someone who has had a cardiac arrest will collapse unconscious. Their breathing will be irregular, and may stop, and they will be unresponsive. When a cardiac arrest happens, there is no time to lose,
it is a life-threatening emergency and calling 999 is vital. While waiting for an ambulance performing CPR can help keep a person alive. To perform CPR: perform chest compression - pumping the heart from
outside the body to keep blood flowing until the ambulance arrives perform rescue breathing - mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to inflate the lungs (note if you don't wish to do this then just perform chest
compressions) In basic summary a person suffering a heart attack will be conscious
but could well be suffering pain or feeling very uncomfortable, a person having a cardiac arrest will be unconscious and their breathing affected. Both require a 999 call and a cardiac arrest requires immediate action through chest compressions. If a public defibrillator is available it should be used in a case of cardiac arrest but not for a heart attack.

Mike Hubbert


St Barnabas

Here at St Barnabas Hospice, we are busy all year round but I think it is safe to say that May is up there with our busiest month of all!

Firstly, I would like to start with a very exciting update- our extremely popular Wine & Wisdom event has been rescheduled for Friday 1st June 2018. As many of you will know, we had originally planned to hold this event in March, but this had to be rescheduled due to the influx of snow we had. Aside from the date, all other details for the rescheduled quiz have stayed the same, so it will take place at Waddington Village Hall with doors opening at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. If anyone would like to enter a team for the event, you can either visit our website or contact


Another long-time favourite that will be returning for 2018 is our Lincoln Plant Sale, taking place at our Hawthorn Road Day Therapy Centre (LN2 4QX) on Saturday 26th May. Between 1:30pm and 4pm our gardens will be open for you to purchase your summer bedding plants, whilst raising funds for St Barnabas. If that wasn’t enough, we will also be serving homemade scones and jam, which might tempt you…


Finally, as we head into summer we are preparing for our next community initiative, Go Yellow! June is the month where we are encouraging all of our lovely supporters to get your thinking caps on and get involved with a yellow themed fundraiser of your choice! This might be something as simple as a ‘wear yellow to work day’, or you might test your adventurous side and receive sponsorship for bathing in custard. All we ask is that you do something yellow to help raise funds for St Barnabas.

If you would like any further information about the events I have discussed above, or if you would like to receive a free Go Yellow pack, you can either visit our website or contact





Monday 9.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday       1.00 – 6.00pm

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday  9.00am – 1.00pm



1st Saturday of each month

10.00am – 12.00pm

Christmas & New Year Holidays

The Library will be closed from Monday 26th December 2016 and will  re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.


Welton Patients’ and Doctors’ Association (PDA)

We are now hiring out tables for the PDA Autumn Fayre. There are still around 5 or 6 left at a cost of £10 a table. Please give me a call if you would like one. We reserve the right to refuse a table if the sale items are in direct conflict with one of our own stalls.

Raffle tickets are now available from all PDA drivers, the h/c dispensary, Welton paper shop and the pet food shop in Welton. 

We will be having all the usual stalls and games plus a few new ones. If anyone has anything they could donate to bric a brac, books, tombola, children’s tombola or bottle and glass stall (not necessarily alcohol). Please give me a call if you have anything you need collecting or smaller items can be left at the health centre and I will collect from there.

Tickets for the Christmas Lunch will be on sale from Monday 1st October priced at £6 for a 3 course Christmas meal followed by tea/coffee and mints. This is held in Welton Village Hall.

The PDA AGM will be held on Thursday 1st November starting at 7.30pm at the Health Centre. The different sub committees, catering, fund raising and transport along with the Chairman and treasurer will give short reports on the previous 12 months and there will be a speaker to be announced in the October magazine. The evening ends with a drink and biscuits and usually finishes by 9.30pm

It would be nice to see a few more patients of the practice at this meeting so come along to find out what we do behind the scenes!

1st October Christmas lunch tickets on sale

20th October Autumn Fayre

1st November PDA AGM (see above)

7th December Christmas Lunch

If you require any further information on any of the above don’t hesitate to give me a call (862570)    Janet Goddard



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