Healthwatch seeks patient views


Healthwatch Lincolnshire are carrying out a patient survey about GP appointments and why patients have not attended them and would like the public to help.

Go to: to take the survey.

The Care Quality Commission are to inspect the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and are asking the public to give their experiences of when they have accessed the trust’s services over the past 12 months.

The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting community health services in the Lincolnshire area from September 8.

Services include Gainsborough, Spalding, Skegness and Louth community hospitals, walk-in and out-of-hours services, community nursing, health visiting, sexual health support, physiotherapy, speech therapy, diabetes and palliative care.

The inspection team is very interested to hear from anyone who has used services in the last 12 months.

The inspection team is also keen to hear evidence from local voluntary and community groups about the quality and safety of care that their members and service users have experienced.

They would like the public to send in their experiences by Monday, August 25.

You can send reports, people’s stories of care or other evidence you or your group holds about people’s care to, by post to CQC, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PA, or you can ring CQC on 03000 616161. Put the name of the service you are sending information about in the title to help ensure the correct information is passed to the right inspection team.

You can also send evidence of high-quality care as well as any concerns you have identified.

The information will be used to help the inspection team plan the inspection and what to look for on the inspection.

The team will ask these five questions about the trust and its services:

- Is it safe?

- Is it effective?

- Is it caring?

- Is it responsive to people’s needs?

- Is it well-led?

You can read more about inspections are carried out at

The Lincolnshire Health and Care organisation are holding drop-in events next week to find out more on the work which has been carried out and the plans for the coming months including the creation of neighbourhood teams across the county.

You do not need to book, just turn up at your chosen location at whatever time suits you best and stay for as long as you would like.

Up to date information will be on display and members of the programme team will be available to answer any questions.

There will aso be the opportunity to input ideas and feedback about the programme and the information provided.

The dates and venues for the events are:

July 22 - The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7QY from 10am–6pm.

July 24 - South View Hotel, Burgh Road, Skegness, PE25 2LA 10am–6pm.

July 25 - Belton Woods Hotel, Belton, Grantham NG3 2LN – 10am–6pm.