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Burton Road Surgery to stay open after confusion over future

A GP surgery in Lincoln whose patients were told it would close will now stay open until next year to allow for a public consultation.

Burton Road Surgery will stay open until June 2015
Burton Road Surgery will stay open until June 2015

Just under 3,000 patients at Burton Road Surgery will be able to give their views on its future after NHS England decided they should be consulted.

Two choices were offered in a letter to patients; to find a way of keeping the surgery open which could involve new staff or location, or to close it, in which case NHS England would help patients choose a new practice in the area.

Three drop in events are available to patients at Burton Road Methodist Curch at the following times:

  • Monday 11 August (9.30am - 11.30am),
  • Wednesday 27 August (5.30pm - 7.30pm)
  • Tuesday 9 September (1.30pm - 3.30pm)


Two arrested after unexplained death

Two people have been arrested after an unexplained death in Lincoln.

Police say they are helping with enquiries.

The death happened at an address on Portland Street and police are asking for anyone who might have seen or heard anything suspicious in that area between 5pm on Monday 4 August and 10am on Tuesday 5 August to contact them.

Bomber Command memorial spire gets council clearance

A spire the same height as the wingspan of a Lancaster bomber will form part of a memorial to more than 25,000 people who died serving from Lincolnshire Bomber Command in the Second World War.

Artist's impression of the spire surrounded by name plaques
Artist's impression of the spire surrounded by name plaques

North Kersteven Council today approved planning for the 30ft spire which will stand in the centre of a memorial park comprising an education centre and plaques with the names of each of the 25,611 people who died.

Plans for the park on Canwick Hill in Lincoln
Plans for the park on Canwick Hill in Lincoln

Touchscreen tortoises studied by Lincoln academic

Tortoises have been the subject of a study led by a University of Lincoln academic.

The reptiles were monitored to test their navigational skills and managed to work out how to win a strawberry by pressing the screen.

A red triangle on the screen was followed by two blue circles. The tortoises were trained to press either the left or right circle to get a strawberry.

Dr Anna Wilkinson found that when food was given to the tortoises in two blue bowls, similar to the circles, the tortoises went for the food on the same side as the circle they were trained to press.


Mr Nibbles recovering well after being abandoned

A shetland pony named Mr Nibbles is recovering well after being abandoned at a child's play park.

He was left with no food or water in the blistering sun before being rescued by Bransby Horses-a welfare charity based in Lincoln.

Lorraine Ewans, one of those involved in looking after him, says the heat could have had a significant impact on Mr Nibbles' health:

Lincolnshire students get chance to sample life of a doctor

Lincolnshire sixth form students interested in a career in medicine will be given an opportunity to find out first-hand what it is like to be a junior doctor.

The work experience programme for lower sixth form students has been running at Lincoln County Hospital since 2010 but this year the course will be run twice on consecutive weeks, doubling the number of students able to take part.

“By increasing the number of times we run the course twice we hope to be able to give more students the opportunity to find out more about their chosen career with first-hand experience and the opportunity to speak with qualified doctors.”

– Julie Evans, Undergraduate Medical Education Manager, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust

The programme is led by clinical teaching fellows at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT).

They will help the students learn daily tasks including learning basic life support skills and learning to suture.

"Medical school entry is highly competitive. Students will get a realistic insight with unparalleled access to clinical professionals.

"They will understand what it means to be a doctor and the process they will have to go through to achieve their end goal.

“Just as we have students from clinical placements coming back to work in Lincolnshire we would love to see work experience students returning as medical students and this programme helps to highlight why ULHT is a great place for junior doctors to start their career.”

– Dr Kishan Rees, clinical teaching fellow
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