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Dunholme Village


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


Newsletter February 2018


Private Work

On some occasions the Practice is asked to carry out private work such as private vaccinations, letters, insurance reports, holiday cancellation letters etc. If you require a receipt for this please remember to ask reception at the time of payment as we may not be able to issue these after the event. Payment may be made by card or cash.

 Social Media

It has recently been brought to our attention that some patients have been using social media to vent their frustrations about the Practice and make personal comments about the staff.

The doctors and staff at the Practice work hard to ensure that we provide a quality service to our patients and one that is based on mutual trust and respect. In order to ensure the doctors and staff work in a safe environment free from abuse, the Practice operates a zero tolerance policy in relation to any act of abuse or mistreatment of staff.

We would like to hope this was a one of incident, and in future if any patient has a concern or issue that they would like to raise then they would use one of the appropriate methods of communicating this - details of which are available from Reception.

 Patient Surveys

We are continuing with patient survey this month. The survey has been reviewed and approved by the Patient Participation Group Committee members at the January 2018 meeting. We would be grateful if patients would spend a few moments completing these for us and leaving them with reception.

If you are a member of the Virtual patient group, you should have received a copy of the survey by email. If you are willing to complete these you can enter your responses onto the survey, save it to your PC / laptop and then email back to the Practice as an attachment. Alternatively you can print it out or obtain a copy from the surgery.


Having reported on the number of DNA’s throughout 2017, it’s a shame that I have to report that 243 hours over the year were lost to DNA’s. This could have been an additional 27 appointments per week available to patients which would have been greatly appreciated, I’m sure.

We had hoped 2018 might see an improvement in this; sadly this hasn’t been the case so far. In January, 43 patients did not attend for their appointments with the doctors and 99 appointments with the nurses.

 Thank you, as always, to those patients that did make their appointments, we appreciate your help and support.

 Staff Training

The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 20th March 2018 until 8am on   Wednesday 21st March 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 forty eight working hours’ notice is required please. For those that don’t already, we have facilities to order your medication online at any time, please see Dispensary for more details.

 Nadina Prestedge,  Practice Manager


Welton Patients and Doctors Association


The Spring Lunch is being held on Friday 27th April. We will be serving orange juice, steak pie and seasonal vegetables followed by trifle or apple crumble and custard, tea or coffee and mints. There will be the usual raffle, cake stall and books and cards for sale. Donations to any stall would be welcome and can be brought along on the day. Alternatively give me a call and I can arrange collection. There will be a quiz ‘Places in Lincolnshire’ 50p a sheet with a prize for the most correct answers.

Please note the date for spring lunch ticket sales is Thursday 1st March. If you call and get my answerphone please leave a message. I will return any calls in order of receipt so no-one will ‘miss out’ but be warned, the Christmas lunch tickets sold out really quickly!

Thank you to everyone who has donated items for our E bay sales. We are now in a position to list more items so please keep us in mind if you have any good quality saleable goods you want to donate to the PDA. We can arrange collection if necessary.

The PDA Committee are hoping to hold a plant sale, as in previous years, at the Welton May Fair. Green fingered people are asked to start growing now ready to donate a few plants for us to sell. More about this in the next magazine.


 DRIVERS WANTED I have recently had several drivers unable to commit to driving for the PDA car scheme and, with the growing number of transport requests; it has at times been a struggle to fulfil all requests. If anyone reading this feels they could offer just one day a month (obviously more if you like) please give me a call and I will explain what is involved.

Finally a reminder to all patients requesting transport, please give as much notice as possible. Don’t sit on your appointment because you think it’s too far ahead to book. By mid-January I had transport requests for April so it’s never too soon to contact the health centre and your request will be passed on to me.


Dates for your 2018 diary

1st March Spring Lunch tickets on sale

27th April Spring Lunch

7th May Plant Sale

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 (01673 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: 

St Barnabas

We are officially well into 2018, and here at St Barnabas our Fundraising is well underway!


On Friday 26th January, the lovely pupils of St Chad’s Primary helped to raise a fantastic £370.25 from their Afternoon Tea event. I would like to thank all the staff and parents involved in the organisation of this, particularly Mrs Tipping, for making the event such a success.

It was lovely to see such a wonderful community event come to the support of St Barnabas, and help us to provide care and support to those living with life-limiting and terminal illnesses across Lincolnshire. So our thanks go out to you once again!

March is also the month where we launch a new Barnabas Brew Campaign, where we are encouraging all members of the community to hold a Coffee Morning, big or small, in support of St Barnabas.


To provide our Hospice services across Lincolnshire we rely on the generosity of supporters just like you. By taking part in the Barnabas Brew, you will be helping to raise awareness and funds to maintain the care and support we provide to those living with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their families and carers.

If you are interested in getting involved, we can provide you with your very own Barnabas Brew pack. Within this pack you will find posters, price cards and a template for bunting, to ensure your event goes as smoothly as possible.


Finally, although it feels like Christmas is only just behind us, slowly but surely summer is approaching, and so is our annual Plant Sale! Originally planned for Saturday 19th May, it will now be taking place on Saturday 26th May from our Hawthorn Road Day Therapy Centre.

Keep your eyes peeled for more details in the coming month and please contact for any queries, or if you can help support this event by donating plants


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

 You can also follow us on TWITTER @WELTONHEMSPOL


6th March 2018

St Chad’s Church, Dunholme

10.00 – 11.00

8th March 2018

St Mary’s Church, Welton

11.00 – 12.00

17th March 2018

Methodist Church, Welton

10.00 – 11.00

20th March 2018

Barnes Wallis, RAF Scampton

10.00 – 11.00

29th March 2018

St Mary’s Church, Welton

10.00 – 11.00

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

Christmas & New Year Holidays

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

re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.



First Responders


Just a word of warning to start this month, there has been a good deal of publicity recently regarding skin creams that people have been prescribed or have bought off the shelf that can become a fire hazard. Basically these are many creams used for the treatment of eczema, dry and itchy skin and the like. The NHS describes these as skin products containing paraffin based products, for example White Soft Paraffin, White Soft Paraffin plus 50% Liquid Paraffin or Emulsifying ointment. The creams are safe to use in their own right, but the warning is that if these come into contact with bedding, dressings or clothing they can be easily ignited with a naked flame or a cigarette. So if you or a friend or relative do use skin cream products its worth checking out if these are the type the NHS has specified, I'm sure our local pharmacist will advise if unsure and I do notice that a product I have been prescribed for a number of years now contains a warning on the label the Co-op pharmacy has recently applied. Unfortunately there have been a number of fatalities and to avoid a potentially nasty incident it's worth a check and then being sensible particularly if the user is a smoker or has any type of possible contact with naked flames.


We continue to look for new volunteers to join our local group of first responders, if you want to find out more then please contact us on 07815 534969. We will arrange for you to attend one of our monthly meetings to see if this is something that is right for you, and please note we are equally happy to give you training in potentially lifesaving techniques that may one day help your family or friends without any obligation for you to become a volunteer.

Mike Hubbert


Matt’s Fund


 Happy New Year everyone and thank you for all your support through 2017.  Your generosity enabled us to make a further donation of £15,000 to Melanoma research; carried out Dr Andrew Jackson, Associate Professor in Cancer Immunology, along with his team at Nottingham University Hospitals. 


 We hear much about the huge strides in immunotherapy treatment for Melanoma but the drawback is they can quite toxic for the patient to take.  During 2018 Dr Hester Franks is forming a new research team to work specifically on this reaction with the objective of reducing side effects.


 An encouraging development is that University of Nottingham will, in October 2019, be the first UK University to offer a cancer specific degree (BSc Cancer Biology).


 Some dates for your 2018 diaries:

 Thursday June 14th – Coffee Morning at Ayam Close. Welton

Saturday June 30th – World Cup wine event - Dunholme.   (Ottewell/Wilkinson productions)

Friday October 5th – Golf Day – Market Rasen GC.


 And finally, are you going skiing or for some winter sunshine?  Remember that the biggest cause of skin cancer is over exposure to UV.  High up the mountain or round the pool…Protect your skin!

Tel: 01673 860875