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Dunholme Village


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


Newsletter October 2018


In September we had 32 patients fail to attend for their GP appointments and 83 patients fail to attend for their nursing appointments. Last month felt so promising following the introduction of our new text messaging service which provides a reminder the day before appointments. 


 We are gradually trying to increase the number of patients that are signed up to our text messaging service – if you haven’t yet done so please sign up with reception. We have the potential to use text messaging for appointment booking confirmation and reminders of appointments, questionnaires and ‘Friends and Family’ surveys, medication / appointment review and ‘flu clinic reminders, results and general correspondence may all be sent in this way.

 If you have already signed up for text messaging then you will have been sent a message by the practice to download the MJog App.   You can do this by entering (or by searching for ‘MJog Messenger’ in the App Store) and following the instructions.  The App is quick and easy to use and allows you to receive messages about your healthcare 24/7, 365 days of the year. Your information is kept confidential and there are no SMS charges.

 Please try and let us know if you are unable to make an appointment, even if it is short notice, as in most cases we can re-book it with another patient.



The Practice is now well on its way into the ‘flu season and vaccines are in the Practice. If you are eligible then we will have ordered a vaccine for you. Please book an appointment or attend one of our Saturday drop in clinics for your vaccination. The November clinic will be held on Saturday 17th November 2018 between 9am and 11.30am. If you are unsure if you are eligible please check with reception.


 We advise all patients that are eligible to have the vaccine but if you choose not to then please let the surgery know as soon as possible so we can reallocate your vaccine to someone else.


 For those patients that attended our first drop-in clinic this year on 22nd September 2018, we would like to apologise for anyone that had to wait a little while to be seen. As with any drop in clinic, we have no way of predicting the demand and we were pleased to see so many patients turn out to get vaccinated. We appreciate the understanding of those that did have to wait and are pleased to say that everyone that wanted to stay and be seen was vaccinated before the end of the clinic.


 Thank you to the patients that supported the PDA by purchasing raffle tickets for the Autumn Fayre and to any patients that purchased cakes and scones to help our Nurse Practitioner Becky Jones raise £86.27 in funds for Children with Cancer in her London Marathon challenge.



With immediate effect, our childhood (up to 5 years of age) immunisation clinics will be held on a Tuesday morning. This is so we are able to have two nurses running the clinics to be able to double-check the vaccines being given. Please speak to reception for more details.



As some of you will be aware, Becky Jones and Lottie Cody have been increasing their training and competencies to become Nurse Practitioners. As a result they will be seeing patients in the acute illness clinic for patients with appropriate conditions. Reception may ask you some questions to enable them to direct you to the most appropriate clinician. As with all staff within the Practice, we are bound by confidentiality rules and so anything you tell Reception staff will remain private and confidential. It is important that we are able to do this to maximise the use of appointments we have available and to ensure that all patients are being seen by the most appropriate person.



The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 20th November 2018 until 8am on

 Wednesday 21st November 2018.


 When considering the staff training afternoon, 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. A minimum of two working days’ notice is required please. For those that don’t already use the service, we have facilities to order your medication online at any time, please see Dispensary for more details.


Nadina Prestedge

Practice Manager



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: 

Welton Patients’ and Doctors’ Association (PDA)


Tickets for the Christmas Lunch are now sold out and we have a waiting list in case of cancellations. For those who have purchased tickets please remember to arrive to be seated by 11.30am ready for St Mary’s School choir who are going to entertain us with Christmas carols prior to the meal.

There will be usual raffle, cake stall, book stall and Christmas cards for sale.

The PDA AGM will be held on Thursday 1st November starting at 7.30pm at the Health Centre. The different sub committees, catering, fund raising and transport along with the Chairman and treasurer will give short reports on the previous 12 months. The various officers will be elected to the Committee. If anyone is interested in joining the Committee could you give me a call please on the number below? The speakers will be Dr Fickling and Nurse Practitioners Rebecca Jones and Charlotte Cody speaking about the role of Nurse practitioners and the impact on the surgery. The evening ends with a drink and biscuits at around 9.30pm.

It would be nice to see a few more patients of the practice at this meeting so come along to find out what we do behind the scenes!

By the time you receive this we will have had the PDA main fund raiser of the year, the Autumn Fayre. I will do a brief report for the December magazine and a list of raffle prize winners will be displayed on the notice board in the Health Centre. Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported this even in any way? Those who came along on the day, bought and sold raffle tickets, donated prizes, made cakes or donated items for the various stalls. Without the generosity of so many people this event wouldn’t be the success it is


1st November PDA AGM (see above)   

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





First Responder Group



Could you give up some spare time to save lives?

Our Community First Responders come from all walks of life and often have no previous medical experience – just a willingness to be trained in life saving skills and able to give up some time to respond to calls in their community. Each responder volunteer is supported and trained to a level of emergency response that he or she feels comfortable with and is encouraged and supported to develop new skills. 
If you are able to give up some time to help call the LIVES county office on 01507 525 999 and they will send you further information.

Mike Hubbert  Local LIVES Helper

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team

PC 326 Martin DOHERTY




One of your neighbourhood officers will be attending the following

Coffee Morning’s / Police Surgeries we will be pleased to meet you and discuss any issues you may wish to raise alternatively please call 101.

 Please be aware: on occasions there may be non attendance due to unforeseen circumstances and unavoidable, so please accept our apologies should this happen




3rd November 2018

Ingham Village Hall

10.30 – 11.30

15th November 2018

Scampton Youth Club

18.00 – 19.00

17th November 2018

Welton Methodist Church

10.30 – 11.30

22nd November 2018

Park House, Welton

09.30 – 10.30



To report a Crime please call 101.

 If ‘urgent’ please call 999.

If you would like to pass information anonymously, please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.



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


Welton Library

We are pleased to say that our Community Hub is beginning to develop and we have two further talks arranged for 2018. On Tuesday 30th October we have local members of the Society of Lincolnshire History And Archaeology presenting " The Village by the Spring 5000yrs of History"
Please come along to the talk and then share your memories and photos of Welton.  Subsequently on Tuesday 27th November local resident Elaine Johnson will present 'The Home Front during the last War'. Both talks start at 2:00pm and all are welcome whether members of the library or not. 

In another initiative I'm delighted to say that we will again be welcoming the children from St Mary's School during October continuing our aim to encourage young people to value both libraries and the printed word. We will be pleased to arrange similar initiatives for other local schools or groups. And of course, our core purpose of providing a library service for Welton and surrounding areas continues with the number of books on the shelves growing in recent weeks. We have an expanded section of large print books for those who may find them easier on the eye alongside the standard editions of both fiction and non-fiction.

Mike Hubbert 

Library Volunteer