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Dunholme Village


Background picture taken of havesting in a corn field on Honeyholes Lane August 2014


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church

Welton Family Health Centre

Newsletter November 2017


 DNA's (Did Not Attend’s)

Some patients have recently asked me why we don’t spend more time looking into the DNA statistics we provide each month to find out ‘what is going wrong’ and how we can ‘put it right’.

 I’m happy to say that we do spend some time looking at the statistics.  In addition the Practice has discussed the subject of DNA’s with the committee members of the Welton and District Patients’ and Doctors’ Association (PDA) with a view to reducing the number of DNA’s.

 Each month we review the patients that have DNA’d for any trends in the type of appointments (e.g. chronic disease appointments, appointments booked in advance, appointments booked with less than twenty four hours’ notice and even appointments booked on the same day), by clinician type (e.g. GP, nurse, phlebotomist), by date and by time. However there is nothing to show a significant pattern or anything that we could work with to reduce the numbers.

 On occasions, and particularly for patients that frequently DNA, we will write to them to draw their attention to the impact this has on availability of appointments. Feedback from these letters generally tends to indicate that patients “just forget” to come to their appointments. Whilst we do all we can to give patients a variety of options to cancel appointments (in person, telephone, answer machine, text message, online) if they simply forget there isn’t much we can do after the event.

 We are constantly looking to improve our services and hope that by reminding patients of the high DNA rates, it will help them to keep in mind to cancel appointments if they are no longer needed. DNA’s have increased by 40% from September to October (163 appointments over the month) and it will be interesting to see if any patterns emerge from an increase in numbers.

 Pro-actively, we would like to be able to encourage patients to attend appointments by sending them text message reminders the day before. To be able to do this we need patients to give written consent and this is one aspect we are currently working on. If patients would like to sign up for this service, it is a very quick form that is available from reception.

 We would like to extend our sincere thanks to those patients that do attend for appointments or cancel those no longer needed. Your support is greatly appreciated.



With effect from 1st January 2018 we will no longer be accepting cheques for payment. We are able to accept cash or payment by card (with the exception of American Express).



We are still offering ‘flu vaccines to those patients who are eligible. If you think you may be entitled to a vaccine please ring the surgery and we will make an appointment for you. Make sure you get your vaccine while stocks last!

For children of school age that may have missed the vaccine given at school, we are only able to provide this for children clinically at risk. Schools should be providing “mop up” for a second and final chance of the vaccine, irrespective of the reason it was missed initially. Please contact your child’s school for more information.


The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 19th December 2017 until 8am on Wednesday 20th December 2017.



It only seems like yesterday that we were talking about the Easter Bank holidays and now Christmas is almost upon us. A reminder for all patients that the surgery will be open on the following dates:


Week commencing 18th December 2017 = normal week

Monday 25.12.2017 - Bank Holiday   

Tuesday 26.12.2017- Bank Holiday

Wednesday 27.12.2017-Normal Opening hours (8am – 7pm)

Thursday 28.12.2017-Normal Opening hours (8am – 6.30pm)

Friday 29.12.2017-Normal Opening hours (8am – 6.30pm)

Saturday 30.12.2017-closed

Sunday 31.12.2017- Closed

Monday 01.01.2018- Bank Holiday

Tuesday 02.01.2018- Normal Opening hours (8am – 6.30pm)

 Wednesday 03.01.2018 -Normal Opening hours (8am – 7pm)

Thursday 04.01.2018- Normal Opening hours (8am – 6.30pm)

Friday 05.01.2018- Normal Opening hours (8am – 6.30pm)


 When considering the staff training afternoon and Christmas and New Year opening times, please could we ask that you order any medication with as much notice as possible to enable us to meet the tight deadlines that we face. The Dispensary staff require at least two full working days to process a request for a repeat prescription please. Out of hours are contactable during these times by telephoning the surgery on 01673 862232.

The Partners and staff would like to wish all of our patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy and healthy New Year.

 Nadina Prestedge

Practice Manager



Welton Patients and Doctors Association


Welton Patients’ and Doctors’ Association (PDA)

The Autumn Fayre, held in October, was once again a huge success. We raised a total of £2500 for PDA funds. This was made possible partially by the very large number of raffle tickets sold prior to the event. Many thanks to all who, bought, sold and donated raffle prizes. There were too many prizes to list here but if you are interested there is a full list on the PDA notice board in the Health Centre. The top 3 prizes were 1) A 2 night hotel break donated by Chestnut Homes won by ticket 7766, 2) £100 national Garden Centre Vouchers donated by Rippon Homes won by ticket 7122 and 3) A luxury hamper donated by members of the PDA Committee won by ticket 7786. It would seem that number 7 really is lucky!!

We still have 2 spare tickets for the Christmas Lunch to be held on 8th December. If you would like to join us for this popular event the tickets are £6 each. Please give me a call as they are on a 1st come 1st served basis!

There will be a raffle, cake stall and books and cards including some high quality Christmas Cards. Donations of raffle prizes and cakes are always welcome. Please bring them on the day. Welton St Marys School choir will be there to sing a selection of Christmas songs. We ask that all diners arrive to be seated by 11.30am so that we don’t distract the children.

Today, 11th Nov, myself, David, Pat and Jane attended the booked flu injection clinic with the aim of getting more patients to sign up for text messaging and also to link their Co-op card to the Welton PDA. The text messaging means that, each time you make an appointment, the practice will text you the day before as a reminder. We hope that this will reduce the number of people not attending appointments. 51 people signed up for this service during the 2.5 hours we were there and we got a very positive feedback from patients we spoke to.

As a reminder, the Lincolnshire Co-op offer the chance for you to support the PDA as your chosen charity. Your dividend isn’t affected and the Co-op donate to the PDA in proportion to your annual spend. 24 patients signed up today and several others took away forms to complete. If you would like to be a part of this scheme, please give me a call and I will explain further what you need to do.

Finally can I wish all PDA friends and family a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year?

Dates for your 2018 diary

27th April Spring Lunch

20th October Autumn Fayre

7th December Christmas Lunch

If you require any further information on any of the above don’t hesitate to give me a call (862570)

Janet Goddard



Nettleham Woodland Trust


Early in 2009 Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust purchased 19.25 hectares of farmland in Ashing Lane Dunholme and Nettleham Woodland Trust has secured a 125 year lease to create and maintain around 15 hectares a new woodland on this site.

The whole area is called Ashing Lane Nature Reserve and a new woodland in known as Monks Wood, in memory of Dennis Monk, the late Director of the Lincoln branch of WREN, which funded the purchase of the land.  The first phase of tree planting took place in February 2009, when over 10,000 trees and shrubs were planted by local families, schools, scouts, guides and college students. Woodland rides were created, enabling push-chair and wheelchair access. By the end of 2009 over 18000 native trees and shrubs had been panted.

The Nettleham Woodland Trust needs enthusiastic group of volunteers willing to assist in the planting and subsequent maintenance of the woodlands. It’s a great way to meet like minded people, make new friend and participate in some healthy outdoor exercise.

If you would like to help in any way or for more information please contact:


The Secretary, Nettleham Woodland Trust

18 Beach Avenue, Nettleham LN2 2PP

Or visit the web site


Susie Mendel, Secretary, Nettleham Woodland TrustRegistered Charity Number 111985418 Beech Avenue, Nettleham LN2 2PP.  Tel: 01522-751283Email: David Cotten Chair Email: dmc206cc@yahoo.comRod Newborough Woodland Advisor Email: 

Merry Christmas from Dunholme Community Lottery


 Why not treat yourself for Christmas and the coming year to one of the numbered discs we have awaiting a home for the price of £27 per quarter (a little over £2 per week)!!  You could be a winner of one of our cash prizes each month whilst also supporting community groups in the village and helping the restoration of our beautiful village church.

 Congratulations to our October winners

      No. 007 - 1st Prize £50 - Anne Boulter (Dunholme)

     No. 050 - 2nd prize £25 - David Rosier (Dunholme)

     No. 004 - 3rd Prize £10 - Rick Paulson (Dunholme)

 Want to know more or join us, please contact one of the team below or use the e-mail.   Thank you

 Margaret Clifton  01673 866245

Glyn Jones  01673 861907

Helen Loving  01673 861714

Or e-mail


St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice

Celebrates 35 years of Hospice Care

We were pleased to be part of the Welton Sports & Social Club fete; it was lovely to see the community coming together and the beautiful weather on the day bought out lots of people. The St Barnabas Hospice stall made £240 and sold out completely of our teddy tombola! Many Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who helped out on the day.

As you are aware this year St Barnabas marks 35 years of providing care and comfort to thousands of families in our local communities. To mark this special milestone we would like to invite you to join us at our ‘Hearts of Gold’ birthday ball, to ensure that we can be there for even more families in the future.

The evening promises to be one not to be missed where you will enjoy a delicious three-course meal, be entertained by renowned premier functions band - The Stolen Fridays, with an opportunity to hedge your bets in the casino before helping to raise vital funds with a fantastic raffle and auction.

Please help us to be there for more families and ensure that they are able to spend as much time together as possible.

 Book early at to avoid disappointment!

Dan Hadfield As Gary Barlow

We are delighted that The World’s Number One Gary Barlow Tribute Artiste, Dan Hadfield will be returning to Gainsborough Golf Club on Saturday 11th November to help raise funds for St Barnabas Hospice.

Dan has performed with Gary himself including on the Xtra factor, tours all over the world with his solo show. and has also been voted Britain’s Best Look alike!

This amazing evening includes a delicious one course meal, Dan performing and disco until midnight. Tickets are just £30; this event sold out last year so book early to avoid disappointment!

To find out more and to book go to

With many thanks for your continuing support.

Caroline Swindin
Corporate Fundraiser
Mobile: 07435 970309





Monday 9.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday       1.00 – 6.00pm

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday  9.00am – 1.00pm



1st Saturday of each month

10.00am – 12.00pm

Christmas & New Year Holidays

The Library will be closed from Monday 26th December 2016 and will

re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.




Could 2017 be the year that sees you getting involved in the local community?

LIVES is such a worthwhile cause, we are a great team of like-minded individuals who want to give "something back" to the people we live alongside.  

Please will you consider joining us as a Responder?

Duties for a First Responder will typically involve dealing with patients to provide basic life-saving support, including Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), oxygen therapy, defibrillation and scene control.  Reassurance and TLC are often all that is required whilst you are monitoring vital statistics and awaiting support from the emergency services.  Importantly, no previous experience is necessary, as full training will be provided at LIVES Headquarters in Horncastle.

If you work full-time, part-time or are actively retired we would love to hear from you.  You need to be aged 18 or over, have a car readily available, be reasonably fit, be adaptable and have a calm and caring nature.  Between us we try to provide cover on a 24/7 basis, but as an individual you tell us via the rota what duties you are able to undertake to fit in with your own circumstances.  As a community based volunteer you are able to combine your LIVES duties, with village life as normal but importantly you can reach a fellow resident within a matter of minutes.

So for example, for the hours you have volunteered to cover – you'll have the defibrillator and associated equipment easily accessible within the house, the car fuelled and ready to go and the LIVES phone to hand to enable the LIVES desk at Ambulance Control to contact you if you are called out.  Then you simply carry on as normal – with your housework, gardening, helping the children with their homework, meeting up with friends in the village etc.  If you need to go further afield, or something crops up, you simply notify the LIVES desk that you need to go "off line".

If you are "called out" you'll have the skills and knowledge to be able to provide basic life-saving support in an emergency situation.  Just think how amazing you'll feel in playing your part in helping a fellow resident.

If you'd like to know more about Welton & Dunholme LIVES or are interested in joining the team, please contact Hannah Price, our Co-ordinator, on 07815 534969.   

Regards, Mike