Industrial Action - East Midlands Ambulance Service
Industrial action is planned to take place at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) on Wednesday 11 January 2023, from 00.01 hours to 23.59 hours.
- Patients should only call 999 if it is a medical or mental health emergency [when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk]
- Ambulances will still be able to respond in these situations, but this may only be where there is an immediate risk to life.
- There will be fewer ambulances on the roads during industrial action, with the NHS prioritising those with life-threatening needs. As a result, patients whose conditions are non life-threatening are unlikely to get an ambulance on strike day.
- During strike days, it is likely 999 call handlers will be very busy. NHS 111 call centres will have fewer staff, with longer call response times expected across the system. As a result, we are urging anyone with a non-urgent care need to first seek help from NHS 111 online.
Industrial action is planned to take place at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) on Wednesday, 21 December 2022 at 06.00 hours to 06.00 hours on Thursday, 22 December 2022.
Action will also take place on Wednesday, 28 December 2022, at 06.00 hours to 06.00 hours on Thursday, 29 December 2022.
Unless it is a category 1 call (immediately life-threatening) then all patients are being encouraged to use alternative transport (if appropriate) on these days.
Wellbeing Walks - Starting in 2023
18th January 2023 – 11:15am from Long Bennington Medical Centre – Please arrive 10 minutes before for registration.
Wellbeing Walks are short walks, run by friendly, specially trained volunteer walk leaders, who are on hand to provide encouragement and support. All walks are free of charge and are open to everyone – you don’t need to preregister, just come along, and join us. The routes start and finish at Long Bennington Medical Centre, and last between 30 and 90 minutes. Don’t worry about your fitness level - walks are over easy terrain and at a steady pace to suit everyone.
The walks can really help to boost your fitness and wellbeing. Almost all of us can manage a stroll, but our walks make it easier to start walking and stay active. It’s almost impossible not to feel good when walking outdoors – it’s a natural mood-booster, and you’ll certainly never be short of good company!
For more information, contact our reception team.
Update on scarlet fever and invasive group A strep
The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) continue to indicate that there is an out of season increase in scarlet fever and group A strep infections. Cases usually show steepest rises in the new year, but have increased sharply in recent weeks. For the latest information:UKHSA update on scarlet fever and invasive group A strep - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Thursday 24th March - SHORT STAFFED
Our GP and Practice Team are working hard to care for you. We are however experiencing staff absences at short notice. This can make it difficult to provide a normal level of service for you including: longer call waiting times, increased turnaround times for prescriptions, and availability of on the day GP appointments.
If you have a minor illness, please consider accessing help in other ways including our local community pharmacies. If you are unable to wait for an appointment and need medical help please use the NHS 111 service or our local Urgent Treatment Centre at Newark.
Waiting for your outpatient appointment
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on the NHS. In Lincolnshire, we are working hard to tackle the backlog of patients whose care has been impacted by the pandemic. We need to do this whilst also keeping our patients safe. Please see below a link to the latest update about the referral process.
If you have been referred to hospital and are waiting to be seen as an outpatient or inpatient, and your symptoms deteriorate, you should contact the hospital that you have been referred to.
The NHS in Lincolnshire is asking everyone aged over 18 who is eligible to please come forward and get their Covid-19 booster now - don't delay!
Omicron is a real threat to all of us and getting boosted is the best way to protect you and your family. We’re also urging people who’ve only had one vaccination so far, or possibly none at all, to come forward as quickly as possible. Visit https://lincolnshireccg.nhs.uk/grabajab or call 119 to find out how.