Membership Update March 2017

New venue for pulmonary rehabilitation programme in Louth
Patients living with long term respiratory conditions in the Louth area are benefiting from a new venue
for their pulmonary rehabilitation sessions. 
Facilities at Louth Hospice have been made available free of charge for the programme, thanks to a
collaboration between St Barnabas Hospice and Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
(LCHS). 

The eight-week programme is delivered by specialist respiratory therapists, nurses and assistants from
LCHS, and provides exercise and education sessions twice a week to patients managing conditions
such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

David Bareham, Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist at LCHS, said: "We are very pleased to be working
with St Barnabas Hospice and are very grateful for the use of their superb facility. Pulmonary rehabilitation
is recognised as an essential part of managing long term respiratory conditions and by hosting sessions at
Louth Hospice, we can ensure patients have the choice and opportunity to access sessions locally."

During the course, patients are measured on a range of outcomes, including an incremental shuttle walk test,
endurance, breathlessness, emotional status and fatigue levels. 

Pulmonary rehabilitation is currently available at 16 venues across Lincolnshire. If you are a patient or carer
who would like more information about the programme, please talk to your GP or nurse.
 
Volunteer Stan retires after 12 years service
After 12 years volunteering for the service that helped him recover from a heart attack, volunteer Stan Lowis
has decided to retire.

Stan began volunteering with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service in Louth after completing the cardiac rehab
exercise programme in 2004 following his own heart event.  

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Service, which is run by specialist nurses and rehabilitation assistants from
Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), provides education and exercise to people
following a heart attack or cardiac surgery.

Kind-hearted Stan did not intend to become a permanent volunteer, but offered to temporarily help out at
the group while more volunteers could be recruited; 12 years later and he was still helping out. 
Stan said: "I have had a wonderful time over the past 12 years and I will miss everything about volunteering
for the service. I have made great friends with the other volunteers and it has been an honour to have been a
part of the patient's experience when they attend the programme for the first time.

See, Hear, Live Well
Information, advice and practical solutions for living with sight and/or hearing loss
Thursday 6th April 2017, 11am-2pm, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, LN1 3DY

Hosted by Lincolnshire Sensory Services in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University, this event brings
together organisations and groups that aim to improve the lives of people living with sight and/or hearing loss.

Meet with representatives from a variety of organisations providing specialist help, try out assistive technology
and find out about activities and services available to people in Lincolnshire

For more information, please click here.

Seeking your views on developing health and social care services in Lincolnshire
Health and social care organisations across our county are looking at how we could change and improve health
and social care services in Lincolnshire – this programme is called the STP (Sustainability and Transformation
Plan).

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is developing the ULHT 2021 Strategy to develop the hospital-based
elements of this work. 

To help us on our way, we are focussing on five priority areas for improvement, and would love your input.
The areas are:

 • Redesign our clinical services: Clinical Strategy, clinical services and pathways
• Productive hospital: urgent care, elective work, theatres and outpatients
• Workforce and organisational development: recruitment, retention, education, training and skills; leadership
development, appraisals, inclusion, values and behaviours
• Productivity, efficiency and estates: how we can work smarter, save money and improve care
• Quality Improvement: patient safety, safe staffing, reduced mortality, infection control

Please fill in the survey here to share your views with us, and help us to develop our plans for the future of
hospital services across Lincolnshire: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/98SZWMW

The deadline for the survey is Monday 10 April 2017.