North Lincolnshire residents urged to take steps to stay well this winter

Published on Nov 12, 2019

People in North Lincolnshire are being urged by local health and social care services to prepare for winter by taking steps to help keep themselves well.

At the first sign of winter illness – even if it’s a cough or cold – people are asked to seek advice from their local pharmacist, before it gets worse.

Those who are eligible, but have not yet received their flu vaccine, should make an appointment with their GP practice or local pharmacy as soon as possible to help protect themselves from the virus.  The vaccine is offered free on the NHS to those at risk, including:

  • People aged 65 years old and over
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged from six months to 65 years old who have a serious medical condition (check with your pharmacist or GP to see if you are eligible)
  • People living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Carers for elderly or disabled people
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable people

Those who are 65 or over, or have a pre-existing health condition such as heart or lung disease, are advised to heat their homes to at least 18C to help reduce the risk of serious health complications.

For people who feel tired and sluggish during winter, getting outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible should help to regulate sleep and waking cycles.

Dr Faisel Baig, GP and Chair of NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “From keeping your house warm, to protecting yourself from common ailments, it’s important to take steps to stay healthy this winter.

“Throughout the cold weather, looking out for yourself and others is essential to keeping healthy. Now is a good time to make sure you, and those you know who may be particularly at risk from the cold, are as prepared as possible.”

“If you do find yourself feeling unwell over the colder months, your local community pharmacy can offer expert advice and treatment for many minor health problems.”

“If you have a more urgent healthcare need and your usual GP service is closed, you can call 111 for advice.”

Wendy Fisher, Associate Nurse Director for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) in North Lincolnshire, said: “People report that the long dark nights affect their mood as they are less active and more socially isolated.

“With Seasonal Affective Disorder, or any other mental health condition, it is always important to seek help as soon as you feel you are not well. Early help is key to helping residents get better more quickly.”

For further information please contact Communications Manager, Amy Campbell, at or call 01652 251047.

North Lincolnshire gears up to mark World Mental Health Day

Published on Oct 02, 2019

‘It’s ok to talk,’ is the message from Scunthorpe’s mental health staff as North Lincolnshire gears up to mark World Mental Health Day.

This year World Mental Health Day, which takes place on October 10, focuses on suicide prevention.

Staff from local health trust, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) and North Lincolnshire Healthwatch will be holding an event at the Ironstone Centre, West Street, Scunthorpe, between 10am and 2pm where residents are welcome to call in for a cuppa and a chat.

There will be representatives from the Network café,  the Healthy Lifestyle Team and Mind on hand to chat to over a cuppa. Visitors can share their comments about mental health support in North Lincolnshire with Healthwatch and find out more about the help and support available locally. There will be a Dementia Friends session but anyone wanting to attend this needs to book a place by calling 01724 282190 as there are limited places.

Dr Gary Armstrong, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “This Mental Health Day we want to send a clear message to the people of North Lincolnshire that it’s okay to talk.

“It’s incredibly important that we all encourage our family, friends and colleagues to speak up when they are going through a difficult time.

“This year, the theme for Mental Health Day is suicide prevention. Anyone can visit to complete a 20 minute, video-based training exercise so they can learn life-saving skills and improve the support network for those struggling with suicidal thoughts.”

Anyone in Scunthorpe who needs mental health support can also call into RDaSH’s Talking Shop, at 19 Market Hill in the town centre.

The shop provides free talking therapies to North Lincolnshire people over the age of 18 years who are experiencing feelings of depression, low mood, anxiety, and fears or problems coping with daily life and relationships.

Kate Ashley, IAPT Team Manager at the Talking Shop, said: “Anyone with a mental health need such as depression or anxiety should simply call in to see us and they can have a chat. We also have lots of information about managing mental wellbeing.”

To find out more about the Talking Shop please phone 01724 867297 or call into the Talking Shop, 19 Market Hill, Scunthorpe, DN15 6SS or visit

Anyone feeling they are in a mental health crisis should phone their GP, their care co-ordinator or other mental health worker.

Anyone feeling they are in a mental health crisis out of working hours should call RDaSH’s Crisis Team on 01724 382015.

It’s not too early to plan for winter – protect against the flu

Published on Oct 01, 2019

With winter approaching, residents in North Lincolnshire are encouraged to get the flu vaccine to protect themselves and others against the virus.

Vaccines are available from GP surgeries and local pharmacies. It is important to get the flu vaccine every year to protect against the different strains of the virus.

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS for people who are at risk, including vulnerable and elderly people and children.

People working with elderly or vulnerable people such as health and social care staff, social workers and teaching staff should also get the flu vaccine to protect themselves, family, friends and the people they work with.

Cold weather can be harmful to health, especially for those who are high risk. The vaccine offers the best protection against the unpredictable virus. People with flu are approximately 11 times more like to die if they have an underlying health condition.

Flu is an unpleasant illness, though if you are healthy, it is not serious and you will usually recover within a week or two. However, for some, catching flu increases the risk of potentially serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to those at risk:

  • People aged 65 years old and over
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged from six months to 65 years old who have a serious medical condition (check with your pharmacist or GP to see if you are eligible)
  • People living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients

Those who aren’t eligible to have a free vaccine can get their vaccination at local pharmacies for a small cost. Not all pharmacies offer the flu vaccine, it is advised that people check their local pharmacies for availability.

This year the flu vaccine, in the form of a nasal spray, is being offered to all primary school aged children. The vaccine is available free on the NHS for:

  • All children aged two to 10 (but not 11 years or older) on 31 August 2019
  • Children aged from six months to 17 with long-term health conditions

Nurses from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) will be aiming to immunise 14,000 young people against the flu by visiting schools across North Lincolnshire from mid-October.

Further details about the flu virus and vaccine can be found at

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member of environment and community wellbeing, said:

“There are many myths that we hear year after year about the flu vaccine such as it can give you the flu. This is not true. We hope to encourage as many people as possible to get the flu vaccine. The flu virus can affect anyone no matter how good their immune system.

“The flu vaccine helps protect our own health and minimise the risk of others who are more vulnerable. Make sure you don’t put off getting the flu vaccine. It only takes a few minutes. Flu is easily spread and even those with mild symptoms can still pass it on to others.

“Book your flu vaccine with your GP or local pharmacy as soon as you can to make sure you are protected.”

Maurice Madeo, deputy director of infection prevention and control at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole (NLAG) Hospital Trust, said:

“I am really proud of the great strides over the past few years in increasing the number of frontline staff who have rolled up their sleeves and had the jab. This is something we want to continue building on each year.

“Winter is a busy time for the NHS and it is great to see staff playing their part by protecting themselves – reducing staff absence during this critical time.

“Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and because flu is so contagious, staff and patients are all at risk of infection. I would urge all frontline staff – doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, porters and domestics – to get their jabs.”

Jan Paine, programme lead for RDaSH’s School Age Vaccination Team, said:

“Children are most likely to spread infection, therefore vaccinating children against flu will not only protect the child from the illness but also reduces the spread of the disease to family members, teachers and those most vulnerable to infection. Having the nasal spray in school is an easy and affective way to protect your child”

Top tips to reduce your risk of catching flu:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Dispose of tissues quickly
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or use a sanitising gel
  • Remember – catch it, bin it, kill it

Have your say: Humber Acute Services Review public engagement events

Published on Sep 27, 2019

Across the Humber region, the NHS and other partners are working together to plan for the long-term future of acute hospital services, working through the Humber Acute Services Review. The review provides an opportunity for clinicians, alongside patients and other stakeholders, to jointly shape ideas about the future of our hospital services at Hull Royal, Castle Hill, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole.

Last year work started on six specialties. Now the partnership is looking at a broader range of hospital services over the coming months, which include:
– Care when you need it unexpectedly (urgent and emergency care)
– Planned care – such as planned surgery and outpatients
– Care for women and children (maternity and paediatrics)

We would really like to involve people living in the Humber area – to find out what you think about the potential ideas being explored for the future provision of acute hospital services. We are holding workshops on the following days (you are welcome to attend both sessions, or choose the one that interests you the most):

For children and families – about children’s emergency care, paediatric services and maternity services:
– Monday 7 October 2019, Centre 4, 17A Wootton Road, Grimsby, DN331HE

Maternity Care: 10am-12noon (Click here to book your place)
Paediatric Services: 12.30 – 2.30pm (Click here to book your place)

– Tuesday 15 October 2019, The Village Hotel, Henry Boot Way, Hull, HU4 7DY
Maternity Care: 10am-12noon (Click here to book your place)
Paediatric Services: 12.30-2.30pm (Click here to book your place)

For adults – about emergency care and some of our planned care services (including orthopaedics, ophthalmology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology and urology):

– Tuesday 8 October 2019, The Iron Bar, Glanford Park, Scunthorpe, DN15 8TD
Adult Emergency Care: 10am-12noon (Click here to book your place)
Adult Planned Care: 12.30-2.30pm (Click here to book your place)

-Thursday 17 October 2019, Mercure Hotel, Grange Park Lane, Willerby, HU10 6EA
Adult Emergency Care & Adult Planned Care: 10am-1pm (Click here to book your place)

Alternatively we would be happy to arrange a 5-10 minute telephone or skype call for individuals or groups of individuals. To arrange this please contact: or 01482 344700.

For more information about the Humber Acute Services Review, or to find out more about the events please visit:

Improved access to MSK services for North Lincolnshire residents

Published on Sep 03, 2019

The way Musculoskeletal (MSK) and pain services are provided in North Lincolnshire is set to change after North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NLCCG) tendered for a new service to provide a single point of referral for the triage, assessment, diagnosis and management of MSK and chronic pain conditions.

The Kirton Lindsey & Scotter Surgery, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG), In-Health and St Hugh’s Hospital teamed up to submit a bid for the Integrated MSK and Chronic Pain Service and were successfully appointed.

It’s estimated that over 19,000 adults in North Lincolnshire live with an MSK condition. The new service will aim to improve patient outcomes and promote self-management strategies including lifestyle improvement programmes.

Patients will be referred directly into the new service, meaning they are seen by the most appropriate healthcare professional to meet their needs more quickly. The service is designed to support patients to be more involved in the management of their own condition supported by a range of professionals and resources to meet their needs.

Alex Seale, Chief Operating Officer at NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “We know from understanding our local population needs that we are experiencing an increasing need for MSK services, so this service will mean that people are able to get the holistic support that they need at an earlier stage in their pathway of care.

Dr Satpal Shekhawat, GP partner at the Kirton Lindsey & Scotter Surgery, added: “Not only will the new service improve access to MSK services for local people but it should also free up some GP appointments to enable better access so the benefits will be felt by the wider community.”

Paula Broomhead, MSK Service Lead at NLaG said: “The new service will provide a seamless pathway of care for patients with patients able to access support at a range of venues across North Lincolnshire.

Vicky Maskill from InHealth said: “We are proud to be a part of this new, innovative service bringing together the experience and resources of local specialist providers to deliver improved patient care.”

Ashley Brown from St Hugh’s added: “I am delighted that our four local healthcare providers are working together to significantly improve access to care and reduce waiting times for the population of North Lincolnshire. I believe this marks a significant milestone for the future delivery of healthcare in the local area.”

The new service is due to start in January 2020.


Local record-sharing initiative shortlisted for HSJ award

Published on Aug 29, 2019

A local initiative to improve information-sharing between healthcare providers has been shortlisted for the Connecting Services and Information Award at this year’s HSJ Awards.

The judging panel, made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, shortlisted the four Humber CCGs despite the tough competition from hundreds of excellent applicants.

HSJ editor Alistair Mclellan, comments: “We would like to congratulate the four Humber CCGs on being nominated ahead of this year’s 2019 HSJ awards. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in November, to join us in recognising the very best achievements and innovations in the healthcare sector.

“The entrants this year have been of incredible calibre, and each of the finalists in this category have been chosen based on their outstanding commitment to excellence in healthcare.”

The full list of nominees for the 2019 HSJ awards (partnered by GRI) can be found on: 

Winners will be selected ahead of the 2019 HSJ awards ceremony, which is due to be held at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on November 6th.

Learn more about the project that has been nominated by watching this short video.

Healthy Hearts website launched to help people in North Lincolnshire

Published on Aug 22, 2019

A new website has been launched to help improve heart health among people living in North Lincolnshire.

The Healthy Hearts website is designed to help people reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack, and help to lower the number of people dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease – a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels.

The website has been created to help people living in Humber, Coast and Vale – a region including Hull and East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, Vale of York and Scarborough and Ryedale.

More than 220,000 people in this region are affected by high blood pressure, while around three in 10 people (more than 72,000) have undiagnosed high blood pressure, which if untreated increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks or stroke. More than 32,000 people living in the area have an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) and almost 30,000 people have experienced a stroke or mini-stroke.

The Humber, Coast and Vale Healthy Hearts website contains a wealth of information about how people can reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including the latest trusted advice about healthy eating and exercise. It also features interactive tools, with users able to use the website to determine their high blood pressure risk.

The website forms part of joint efforts by healthcare organisations in the Humber, Coast and Vale area to reduce the number of people suffering from cardiovascular disease. They are committed to improving the health of people who have cardiovascular disease, or are at risk of developing it, as it remains one of the most significant health challenges in the area.

More than a quarter (26%) of all deaths in England in 2017 were caused by cardiovascular diseases, with coronary heart disease and stroke accounting for the majority of those deaths. Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK, but the good news is it can often be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle.

Alex Seale, Senior Responsible Officer for Planned Care at the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: “The Humber, Coast and Vale Healthy Hearts website will become a key asset to healthcare professionals and patients to help reduce instances of cardiovascular disease in our communities.

“Heart disease remains a significant challenge for health organisations within the Humber, Coast and Vale area but one we are determined to overcome by working with healthcare professionals and members of the public alike to enhance cardiovascular disease education and improve cardiovascular disease detection.

“Heart health should be everybody’s concern so visit for information on how you can improve your heart health and take steps to protect against cardiovascular disease.”

For more information, visit

Prescribing of over-the-counter medicines in changing in North Lincolnshire

Published on Aug 01, 2019

GPs in North Lincolnshire will no longer usually prescribe medicines that patients can buy over-the-counter for a range of minor health concerns, including hay fever, coughs and colds, aches and pains and sunburn.

Patients are instead encouraged to visit their local pharmacy for advice and treatments. There’s no need to make an appointment to see a pharmacist, making it quicker and easier for patients, and helping to free up GP appointments for those who need them most.

Some of the products to treat minor, short-term illnesses can be purchased over-the-counter at a lower cost than that which would be incurred by the NHS.

Some medicines are also available from other retail outlets such as supermarkets, convenience stores and health food stores. These are usually general sales list items and can be purchased without advice from a pharmacist.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Humber, Coast and Vale have adopted new guidance issued by NHS England last year following the results of a public consultation on the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor, short-term health concerns.

The guidance does not affect the prescribing of over-the-counter treatments for long-term conditions or more complex conditions, or where minor illnesses are a symptom or side effect of a more serious condition.

The NHS spends around £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines which could otherwise have been bought over-the-counter. By reducing the amount of money the NHS spends on over-the-counter medicines, the NHS can give priority to treatments for people with more serious conditions such as cancer, diabetes and mental illness.

Alex Seale, Senior Responsible Officer for Planned Care at the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: “CCGs in Humber, Coast and Vale are working in partnership to ensure their populations are aware of the prescription changes happening nationally within the NHS. Empowering the public to self-manage minor conditions or injuries by buying products over-the-counter is a positive behavioural change we need to embed into our communities to ensure NHS resources are used effectively.”

Visit for more information about the prescribing changes and for a full list of conditions for which over-the-counter medicines will no longer be routinely prescribed.


Notes to editors

The NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in the Humber, Coast and Vale area that are working in partnership are:

  • Vale of York CCG
  • Scarborough and Ryedale CCG
  • East Riding of Yorkshire CCG
  • North Lincolnshire CCG
  • North East Lincolnshire CCG



Local medics give hospice a £1,705 boost

Published on Jul 25, 2019

Two teams of North Lincolnshire medics who took on a charity cricket challenge have given Lindsey Lodge Hospice a £1,705 boost.

A team of doctors from Scunthorpe Hospital, which is run by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG), met a rival team of North Lincolnshire GPs at a Cricket Family Fun Day, in aid of Lindsey Lodge, at Heslam Park on Sunday 21 July.

Consultant Acute Care Physician Dr Vijaykumar Singh, who helped organise the event with colleagues Dr Anwer Qureshi, Dr Khawar Naeem and Dr Satpal Shekhawat, said: “In the spirit of working more closely with our health partners, we organised this event, which truly was a fun day out for all of the family, with some entertaining cricket.”

He added: “It was a closely fought game, but in the end the GPs were the winners, so congratulations to them. It was great to see so many colleagues from the hospital and general practice, along with their families and friends and the local community getting together to raise funds for Lindsey Lodge Hospice, which is such an important local charity and touches the lives of so many of our friends, families and patients.”

Lindsey Lodge Hospice Chief Executive Karen Griffiths said: “This is a fantastic amount of money raised, and we’ve had great feedback from the event, so on behalf of the Hospice I would express our sincere thanks to everyone involved for choosing to support Lindsey Lodge!”

Dr Kate Wood, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust Medical Director, said: “It was a wonderful afternoon of cricket and camaraderie between some of our hospital doctors and GP colleagues. It was a great way of building relationships, as well as raising money for a worthy cause.”

Dr Singh said: “All of the organisers would like to say thank you to the staff at Heslam Park and the Lindsey Lodge team for helping us to organise the event, as well as everyone who came along to support us and contributed to making it such a successful day!”

For more photos from the event please visit:

Ten tips for coping in hot weather

Published on Jul 23, 2019

England’s most senior nurse has today set out ways to stay safe during the hot weather, as millions of families kick off their long summer break.

North Lincolnshire is set for a heatwave this week, with hot weather from France and Spain helping push temperatures to as high as 34 degrees celsius.

With thousands of people ending up in hospital each year as a result of heat and allergies, England’s chief nurse has called on the public to help prevent children and older people falling victim to the extreme heat. She advises people to use the NHS website and free 111 phoneline for fast advice on how to get the right help if things do go wrong.

Ten tips for coping in hot weather:

  1. Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  2. If you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat, avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day (11am to 3pm).
  3. Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  4. Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  5. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol – water, lower-fat milks and tea and coffee are good options.
  6. Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  7. Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  8. Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  9. Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  10. Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.


Learn more on the NHS website.