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Dunholme Village


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


Welton Family Health Centre

Newsletter December 2017



 Final call for ‘flu vaccinations – winter is now upon us and we are urging all eligible patients to attend the surgery for a vaccination before stocks run out.  Appointments are being made in routine clinics – please book in at Reception.

 Patients that should have a ‘flu jab:

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure they are protected against catching ‘flu and developing serious complications.

 You are eligible to receive a free flu jab 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 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.


Front line health workers and social care workers are also eligible to receive the ‘flu vaccine. It is your employer’s responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.



The Practice has seen a significant increase in the number of home visit requests over the last six months and we would like to take this opportunity to remind patients, new and old, about the criteria for any home visit request:



*               Patients who are housebound, too ill or physically incapable of travelling to the surgery may request a home visit.

*               Requests may be made by the patient themselves, a patient’s representative, relative or carer, or an outside agency such as a district nurse.

*               Requests for home visits should where possible be made before 10am daily.

*               Requests are passed to the Nurse Practitioner / clinical lead, to triage and assess the nature of the home visit, and to decide the medical urgency of the visit.

*               Immediate emergency medical attention would usually require an ambulance request rather than a GP visit and patients should call 999 in this event.


Patients are made aware in relation to home visits:

¨               The decision to conduct a home visit is made by the Nurse Practitioner / clinical lead on clinical grounds.

¨               A GP/Nurse Practitioner / Nurse may decline to visit a patient if they feel it is not clinically indicated, or that the patient can safely transport themselves to the practice.

¨               The GP / Nurse Practitioner may speak to the patient or patient’s representative over the phone to ascertain the nature and urgency of the request.

¨               In some cases it may be decided that a home visit is not required and telephone advice on management of the condition may be given.

¨               The GP / Nurse Practitioner may refer the patient to another agency to carry out a home visit, for example a district nurse.

¨               We ask that patients keep pets in a separate room whilst our staff are visiting your homes.

¨               Issues a patient may have in obtaining transport to the surgery would not be the basis for conducting a home visit. We have a group of volunteer drivers that are able to transport patients to and from the surgery for a small fee – please see reception for more details.

¨               Patients that are able to go shopping, attend hair appointments, go to the bank etc. should in most cases be able to attend the surgery.

¨               A specific GP / Nurse Practitioner cannot be requested for a home visit, although where possible requests will be taken into account when allocating visits.

¨               For terminally ill / palliative care patients the same clinician will visit, where possible.

¨               We would like to thank those patients that appropriately request home visits due to a genuine need or because they are housebound.


 In addition to her roles within the Practice, and due to the growing pressure and increased demand for visits, Kerry Belshaw, our Nurse Practitioner, may be asked to provide home visits for those patients that are unable to attend the surgery.



In November, 34 patients did not attend for their appointments with the doctors and 104 appointments with the nurses. Over 17 hours of clinical time was lost due to patients not attending for their appointments.

Please let us know if you are unable to make your appointment.

Thank you, as always, to those patients that did make their appointments.



The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 16th January 2018 until 8am on Wednesday 17th January 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 forty eight working hours’ notice is required please



We would like to thank patients for their lovely Christmas wishes, cards and gifts. We hope you all had a Happy Christmas and look forward to a healthy 2018.


 Nadina Prestedge

Practice Manager


Welton Patients and Doctors Association


As I write this PDA news we have just held our most successful PDA Christmas lunch to date. 101 tickets had been purchased, the majority at the beginning of October. Welton St Mary’s School choir came along and sang to us. The children all sang beautifully and made the event feel really festive. Thank you to the teaching staff who accompanied the children, the children themselves and the Everett’s for providing the musical accompaniment. Our thanks also to Butchers of Welton for the turkey, Scothern Nurseries for donating the potatoes and Kedgeree for ‘rumbling’ them. Finally thank you to all who bought lunch tickets, cakes, books, cards and raffle tickets and to those who donated cakes and raffle prizes. Now for the drumroll! The total proceeds for PDA funds after the deduction of expenses was £807.52.


We are still hoping that more people will sign up to the Health Centre text messaging service. Our aim is to reduce the number of people not attending booked appointments and a text message would act as a reminder to either attend or to cancel the appointment so that someone else can use it. I am hoping to visit Stonecliffe Park Social Club sometime soon with a view to promoting both the text messaging service and the support to the PDA though the Co-op dividend card. I will confirm a suitable date and time with Derek Harrison the Social Club Chairman who will then let the residents know.

We have the promise of snow for this weekend but hopefully, by the time you read this, the weather will be bright and crisp but snow-free! Incidentally I still have marigolds, rubeckia, several roses and Michaelmas daisies out in my garden. Is it really December?


 Dates for your 2018 diary

1st March Spring Lunch tickets on sale

27th April Spring Lunch

20th October Autumn Fayre

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




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: 

St Barnabas

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice in your local communities

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and my sincere good wishes to you for 2018!

With Christmas now behind us for those of you with real Christmas Trees don’t forget St Barnabas is offering a Christmas Tree-Cycle – Saturday 6th January; the simplest, greenest and most charitable way to dispose of your Christmas tree!  Simply register your tree by 3rd January through our website;

For more information please call Laura Stones on 01522 559515 or email at

There is still time for you to get involved with our `WelDun’ Challenge during January each year in Welton and Dunholme. Individuals, groups, businesses, schools are invited to display our information leaflets and/or loose change boxes, organise a coffee morning, cake sale or even donate a raffle prize; anything goes!!

Thanks to Sue Rawson and friends who will once again be supporting this initiative with their Jumble Sale taking place on 6th January, from 1.00pm in Dunholme Village Hall. Proceeds to St Barnabas and the 2018 Shoebox Appeal.

To find out more or take part in our `WelDun Challenge’ please get in touch.

As some of you are aware I moved into a new role as Corporate Fundraiser covering Lincoln and of the North of the county earlier in 2017; working closely with local businesses to help raise the profile of St Barnabas and gain their support. I would love to hear from businesses and have a chat about possible ways of working together; so please do get in touch! 

I am delighted to now welcome Ella Beale as our new Community Fundraiser for Lincoln & West Lindsey who will be continuing to work closely with members of the public, community groups and schools. Ella can be contacted at or on 07484 091764 and going forward will write for this publication!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those I have worked with to date for your help and support; with special thanks to my amazing friends and our wonderful volunteers; you are all Stars!

St Barnabas Hospice is a local charity that touches the lives of many across Lincolnshire; the reality is none of us know when we may need the care and support our Hospice offers. Our dedicated, professionally trained nursing staff along with the help of a large team of support staff and volunteers offers those in our community the very best care available at what is often the most difficult time in their lives; we try to care for everyone we meet as if they were our own loved ones.

Our hospice services are available to every family in Lincolnshire, wherever you are, there’s a St Barnabas nursing team working in your area, caring and supporting people in your community living with a terminal or life limiting illness. Last year we cared for over 9000 people; to continue to deliver our care and support; this year we must raise over £5.5m and it is thanks to the members of the public, local community groups and businesses we are able to continue to do so; on behalf of all at St Barnabas our heartfelt thanks to you all.

Caroline Swindin
Corporate Fundraiser
Mobile: 07435 970309






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.





"We can spend New Year walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential." (

So are you looking to use your potential in 2018? Using your potential to develop yourself and help others? Why not look at how LIVES could help you reach that potential?

Who are LIVES and what do they do? LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service) believe in being there for the people of Lincolnshire in time of greatest need. In a medical emergency, every minute counts in getting that vital first medical support to the patient as quickly as possible. Those first golden minutes can make all the difference to a patient's life. That's why 700+ volunteers give up their spare time to respond to 999 medical emergencies, in their communities, across Lincolnshire. Responders' actions save lives; they get there fast to deliver that vital immediate care to their neighbours in those critical first moments before handing over to the ambulance service.

LIVES responders come from all walks of life and can often initially have no medical experience consequently benefiting from ongoing training and support to ensure they develop the necessary new skills and confidence to fulfill the role. And the good news is that there is a local group of volunteers covering Welton and Dunholme who are happy to meet people who are considering donating their time and to discuss the pros and cons of becoming part of this worthwhile organisation. 

So at the start of 2018 as you take a walk through your life drawing up that list of things to be done why not look for your potential for volunteering to help others? You can find out more by visiting the LIVES website ( or by contacting Hannah, our local co-ordinator, on 07815 534969.

Last but by no means least, LIVES is a charity and we are grateful for donations to help keep volunteers supplied with equipment and well supported and trained, so many thanks to the Sports and Social Club for their recent generous donation of £500 raised at the fun day.   

Mike Hubbert



Matt’s Fund


 Happy New Year everyone and thank you for all your support through 2017.  Your generosity enabled us to make a further donation of £15,000 to Melanoma research; carried out Dr Andrew Jackson, Associate Professor in Cancer Immunology, along with his team at Nottingham University Hospitals. 


 We hear much about the huge strides in immunotherapy treatment for Melanoma but the drawback is they can quite toxic for the patient to take.  During 2018 Dr Hester Franks is forming a new research team to work specifically on this reaction with the objective of reducing side effects.


 An encouraging development is that University of Nottingham will, in October 2019, be the first UK University to offer a cancer specific degree (BSc Cancer Biology).


 Some dates for your 2018 diaries:

 Thursday June 14th – Coffee Morning at Ayam Close. Welton

Saturday June 30th – World Cup wine event - Dunholme.   (Ottewell/Wilkinson productions)

Friday October 5th – Golf Day – Market Rasen GC.


 And finally, are you going skiing or for some winter sunshine?  Remember that the biggest cause of skin cancer is over exposure to UV.  High up the mountain or round the pool…Protect your skin!

Tel: 01673 860875