COLUMN: Some great news for coastal health services ahead of busy summer

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It is always a great pleasure to be able to share good news, and for our coastal teams it seems to be coming in thick and fast.

Firstly, a very special thank you to Skegness Hospital League of Friends, which has made its single largest ever donation of £105,000 to us at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

The money has helped to pay for the refurbishment and extension of two rooms on Gloucester Ward at Skegness Hospital. The two rooms and en-suite bathroom are already in use by patients and the team are delighted with the new facilities.

We greatly value our links with the community and look forward to continuing to work with both the League of Friends and Skegness Hospital Watch in the future.

The last month has also seen the start of a pilot in the area, with our Care Home Support Team sharing their training expertise with local care homes and carrying out ‘ward rounds’. This work, commissioned by Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, promotes early detection and prevention of health problems among some of our more vulnerable residents.

We look forward to keeping you up-to-date with our progress throughout the year.

Finally, congratulations to two faces some of you may know from our Mablethorpe Community Nursing Team. Samantha Preston and Sharon Rolfe have been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute. The charity recognises individuals who make a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. What a fantastic start to what will surely be another busy summer on the east coast.

Andrew Morgan is the chief executive of the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.