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Dunholme Village


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


Newsletter November 2018



In October we had 21 patients fail to attend for their GP appointments and 103 patients fail to attend for their nursing appointments. This amounts to 20.5 hours of appointments this month that have been wasted.

If all of these patients had attended this would have given us an extra 5 bookable appointments EACH DAY! Please sign up for our text messaging service so we can send you reminders before your appointment.



As was the case last month, again we would like to apologise for anyone that had to wait at our second drop in ‘flu clinic. We have no way of predicting how many patients will attend for the drop-in vaccination clinic and we are grateful to those patients that were happy to wait to be seen. We are trying to vaccinate as many patients as possible which has been complicated by a new regime of vaccines this year. We have reflected on this and improvements will be made for the clinics in 2019.

We would also like to thank all the staff that have given up their weekends to provide this service for patients this year; they all do an excellent job of keeping us ‘flu free!

If you are eligible for a flu vaccine but as yet have not attended for one, please speak to Reception to make an appointment as nationally stocks are low.



We currently have a vacancy for a cleaner in the Practice. The role is for two hours each evening, Monday to Friday. If you would like more information or an application form, please contact the surgery.



We are extremely sad to report that Dr Andrew Barber is very poorly with a rare and complicated lung condition which means he is unwell enough to work.

As you would expect, this news has come as a shock to the Practice and for the second time this year we find ourselves in an unexpected position. The staff and the doctors at the surgery are working extremely hard to maintain our usual level of service and we appreciate the support of the patients and the PDA whilst we work through this.

As always we will not tolerate any form of abuse or rudeness towards our staff who are only trying their best in the circumstances.

Some patients have kindly asked how they can help the practice at this difficult time:

* We would be grateful if patients would consider using the most appropriate resource when attending the surgery. There will be some information leaflets in and around the practice detailing who is the most appropriate source of help, which may include GPs, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Healthcare assistants, Pharmacists at local chemists etc. This helps us make the best possible use of the resources available to us.

* We would be grateful if patients try to understand that the Acute Illness clinic will be busy. As we are now in the middle of our busiest period of the year we notice that patients attend the Acute Illness clinic when in fact some of these could have sought initial advice from a pharmacist. Please see our leaflets and posters for more information. Our Reception staff will soon be undertaking further training to be able to advise you on this.

* Patients that are waiting for outpatient appointments or information from hospitals or other providers, could we ask you to please contact the hospitals directly. Telephone numbers are usually available on your correspondence or online. 

* Patients can also support us is by giving us positive feedback wherever possible and appropriate – this may be via the friends and family test surveys, on the NHS choices website, compliment and concern forms, letters to the Practice or a simple word to the staff when you attend. Your support and encouragement are very much appreciated during these difficult times.



The Practice is not fully equipped to deal with emergency care and in these situations we would advise you call 999 or attend A&E immediately.  Recently we have seen an increase in patients with chest pain, potential broken bones or shortness of breath coming down to the surgery and as a result had to telephone the ambulance. Patients should not come down to the surgery in these cases as it may delay the most appropriate care for your condition.



The Acute illness clinic will continue to run each weekday in the Practice. From 1st December 2018 we will ask all patients to arrive at the surgery before 9.30am so that we are able to manage the number of patients seen. You may be seen by a GP or Nurse Practitioner in this clinic.



As some of you will be aware, Becky Jones and Lottie Cody have been increasing their training and competencies to become Nurse Practitioners. As a result they will be seeing

patients in the acute illness clinic for patients with appropriate conditions. Reception may ask you some questions to enable them to direct you to the most appropriate clinician. As with all staff within the Practice, we are bound by confidentiality rules and so anything you tell Reception staff will remain private and confidential. It is important that we are able to do this to maximise the use of appointments we have available and to ensure that all patients are being seen by the most appropriate person.



The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018 until 8am on

 Wednesday 19th December 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.



Monday 24th December 2018 Open as normal

Tuesday 25th December 2018 Closed – Christmas Day

Wednesday 26th December 2018 Closed – Boxing Day

Thursday 27th December 2018 Open as normal

Friday 28th December 2018 Open as normal

Saturday 29th December 2018 Closed

Sunday 30th December 2018 Closed

Monday 31st December 2018 Open as normal

Tuesday 1st January 2019 Closed – New  Year’s Day

Wednesday 2nd January 2019 Open as normal


 Please note - extended access appointments will be available via the IMP Federation throughout the Christmas period (including Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, weekday evenings and weekends) for routine, pre-booked conditions. Please contact reception for more details on those.


 We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our patients, staff and colleagues a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2019.


 Nadina Prestedge

Practice Manager


Welton Patients’ and Doctors’ Association (PDA)

The PDA Autumn Fayre took place on Saturday 20th October and raised a total of £2229 after deduction of expenses. The raffle made up £1208 of this amount and thanks must go to all who helped in any way, buying and selling tickets, donating prizes etc. A list of prize winners is on the PDA notice board in the Health Centre. The teddy bear was called Boris, the cake weighed 4lb 8ozs, there were 540 sweets in the jar and the suitcase contained a calendar, diary and a scratch card. Many thanks to all who supported this event which is our main fund raiser of the year.         

We have had a couple of cancellations for the Christmas lunch on 7th December. If anyone is still interested in joining us, please give me a call asap (862570) we provide transport for those not able to get themselves to Welton village hall. A reminder to those who already have tickets to be seated by 11.30am ready for the children of St Mary’s School Choir who are going to entertain us. There will be the usual raffle, cake stall, book stall and Christmas cards for sale.

Could I remind patients booking transport to medical appointments to give as much notice as possible please? On 31st October I received my 1st 2019 booking for 3rd January!

The PDA Committee would like to wish all patients and friends a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.


7th December Christmas Lunch

Dates for 2019

Spring Lunch 5th April 2019

Autumn Fayre 26th October 2019

Christmas Lunch 6th December 2019

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

Janet Goddard


First Responder Group



Could you give up some spare time to save lives?

Our Community First Responders come from all walks of life and often have no previous medical experience – just a willingness to be trained in life saving skills and able to give up some time to respond to calls in their community. Each responder volunteer is supported and trained to a level of emergency response that he or she feels comfortable with and is encouraged and supported to develop new skills. 
If you are able to give up some time to help call the LIVES county office on 01507 525 999 and they will send you further information.

Mike Hubbert  Local LIVES Helper

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team

PC 326 Martin DOHERTY




One of your neighbourhood officers will be attending the following

Coffee Morning’s / Police Surgeries we will be pleased to meet you and discuss any issues you may wish to raise alternatively please call 101.

 Please be aware: on occasions there may be non attendance due to unforeseen circumstances and unavoidable, so please accept our apologies should this happen

1st December 2018

Ingham Village Hall

10.30 – 11.30

4th December 2018

St Chads Church, Dunholme

10.00 – 11.00

13th December 2018

Scampton Youth Club

18:00 – 19:00

15th December 2018

Welton Methodist Church

10.30 – 11.30

20th December 2018

Park House, Welton

09.30 – 10.30

20th December 2018

St Mary’s Church, Welton

10.30 – 11.30


To report a Crime please call 101.

 If ‘urgent’ please call 999.

If you would like to pass information anonymously, please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.



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


Welton Library and Community Hub


Many thanks to those of you who are continuing to support our Community Hub events, the first three have been well supported exceeding our expectations. There is no event planned for December, we will restart in the new year and I will confirm the details in next month's magazine.


Turning to library books, we hope to see many of you during December as you plan your reading over the Christmas and New Year period. It is important to note that due to the days the holidays fall this year coinciding with the early part of the week we are normally open there will be special arrangements for borrowers. The last day the library will be open in 2018 will be Wednesday 19th December and it will re-open in 2019 on Monday 7th January. During December there will therefore be extended borrowing periods to avoid any issues with the normal 3 week period being exceeded due to the library not being open. When you borrow any book that would normally be due for return during the closure period the date will automatically be adjusted and one of our volunteers will ensure the corrected date is shown by date stamp in the book. In addition, as many of you will know, there is also the option to renew books on line using your library card number and pin should you wish to extend dates further. If you are unsure about how to do that please ask a volunteer.


Wishing you all Happy Christmas reading and best wishes for 2019 from the library team of volunteers.


Mike Hubbert

Library Volunteer


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: