The vaccination process in Lincolnshire has got off to a great start. We were amongst the first in the country to start vaccinating on 8th December through our first hospital hub at Lincoln County Hospital, we were amongst the first to start vaccinating through our GP led primary care network model. We are delighted that once again Lincolnshire is amongst the first in the country to be offering the new Astra Zeneca vaccination this week, at our latest hospital hub at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.
The current vaccination sites in Lincolnshire are
- Lincoln County Hospital
- Pilgrim Hospital, Boston
Primary Care Network vaccination centres:
- Louth Community Hospital
- Table Tennis Club, Grantham
- Waddington Branch Surgery, South Lincoln
- St Marys Medical Practice, Stamford
- Franklin Hall, Spilsby
- Sidings Medical Practice, Boston
- Rustons Sports and Social Club, Lincoln
- Portland Medical Practice, Lincoln
The NHS in Lincolnshire is continuing to roll out the programme to more local sites which will become operational within the next week. Beyond that there will be two large vaccination sites and a roving service for the housebound delivered in the county. The NHS will continue to keep the public updated as these sites and vaccination services become available.
Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff will work alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents, identified as priority groups for the life-saving vaccine.
The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. Patients do not need to contact their practice.
People throughout Lincolnshire are being urged to continue showing their support for the NHS by keeping up some of the positive changes they have adopted since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Lincolnshire’s NHS organisations have come together to launch a brand new, county-wide campaign called ‘Let’s Do This Together’, in a bid to help our Lincolnshire NHS stay strong and sustainable, now and in the future.
The campaign has been developed based on local research which identified five positive behaviours which have been adopted by people during the pandemic, and which are making a significant and positive difference to Lincolnshire’s NHS:
1. Looking after yourself, eating healthy food and getting active - these three are great ways to maintain both your physical and mental health, and prevent long term diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, depression and anxiety. One You Lincolnshire has lots of great resources to get you started. If you need extra support, our team of social prescribers can help you to get back on your feet.
2. Visiting a pharmacist before a GP - your local pharmacist is highly skilled to treat minor illness and give expert advice on medication. Our GP practices may refer you directly for a consultation with your local pharmacist via the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service. We also have 31 Clinical Pharmacists working within our GP practices supporting GPs and other clinical staff to treat and manage patients with long term conditions.
3. Maintaining routine appointments - It is so important that you attend appointments for screening, immunisation, health checks, medication reviews, etc. in order to stay healthy. Remember, f you are unable to attend your appointment, just let us know so we can offer it to someone else.
4. Asking for a telephone or video appointment - All of our PCNs have embraced the use of digital technology and now offer telephone and video appointments, making easier and more convenient to access one of our medical staff.
5. Calling or visiting NHS111 online before attending an urgent treatment centre or A&E - NHS111 makes it easier and quicker for patients to get the right advice or treatment they need, be that for their physical or mental health. This also frees up our A&Es for peole who really need it. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To get help from NHS 111, you can:
- Go online to 111.nhs.uk (for assessment of people aged 5 and over only)
- Call 111 for free from a landline or mobile phone
These five actions have been called “The 5 Acts” and the NHS is appealing to all Lincolnshire residents to continue to support the NHS, as they have over the last few months, by adopting these behaviours.
Sunil Hindocha, Lincolnshire GP and Chair of the county’s Primary Care Network Alliance said:
“As everyone knows, the NHS continues to be under significant pressure and we are appealing to our neighbours and communities across the county to keep supporting us and each other, by making sure they keep adopting the five acts wherever possible, as so many people have done in the past few months."
“These behaviours really do make a big difference to NHS staff and services, particularly at the moment as we continue to keep doing all we can to keep the people of Lincolnshire safe.”