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Sign in 'Dogese' at Marsden

The Canal & River Trust have put up signs with a sense of humour at Marsden

Doggy sign at Marsden Credit: SANDIE NICHOLSON

The Canal & River Trust have put up a sign at Standedge Tunnel: Attention dog owners: Pick up after your dogs. Thank you. This 'ruffly' translated into Dogese is 'Grrr, bark, woof'.

Bowel cancer patients are missing out on vital test

Bowel cancer patients could be missing out on the best treatment and outcomes because a vital test is not being used enough according to a report out today.

A biomarker test is a way of identifying which patients are more likely to respond to a particular treatment, based on the genetic make-up of their tumour.

The research shows that bowel cancer specialists are testing less frequently than breast and lung cancer clinicians.

The latest figures show that in Hull and East Yorkshire, 398 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year.

In North Lincolnshire 103 cases are diagnosed every year.

In neighbouring North-East Lincolnshire that figure rises slightly to 108 cases.

And in the rest of Lincolnshire 582 people are found to have the disease every year.

Paul Cox was diagnosed with bowel cancer 5 years ago. He has had chemotherapy and an operation to remove his tumour and finally received the all-clear two years after his treatment began.

For more informarion on bowel cancer: http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/

Five wards remain shut at Boston hospital

Hospital chiefs at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital have re-opened one ward but five remain closed due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

The hospital is now accepting admissions onto ward 6A.

Fewer patients and staff now have active symptoms and the hospital is looking to open three more wards on Saturday 7 March.

Although the situation has improved restrictions are still in place to ensure the hospital continues to protect our patients, visitors and our staff.

Hospital bosses are still asking everyone who wants to visit a friend or relative in hospital to ring the ward at Pilgrim before visiting. The ward will then advise whether it is appropriate to come to the hospital or not. Wards can be contacted via switchboard on 01205 364801.

“Our staff are working incredibly hard to contain the outbreak and support patients and families. I’d also like to thank all those people who have stayed away from hospital.

“Norovirus is the most common cause of stomach bugs. The virus is easily transmitted from one person to another by contact with an infected person or through contaminated food or drink, or touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

"Around 12 to 48 hours after becoming infected, the virus causes sudden onset of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and diarrhoea. Therefore it’s really important to make sure that we protect vulnerable patients and hospital staff.

“This is why we are asking everyone considering visiting a friend or relative in hospital to think carefully about whether they need to come if they have experienced diarrhoea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms in the past four days. Before visiting a loved one in hospital, please call ahead to talk to staff to make sure it’s the best thing to do.

“We know that sometimes visitors feel that they must take every opportunity to visit sick friends or relatives, however if they themselves have been unwell, they could be putting others at risk.”

– Dr Suneil Kapadia, Medical Director United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

The other wards and beds will only reopen for admissions once the patients have been discharged and the area has been symptom free for up to 72hrs. Then the wards will need to be deep cleaned to eliminate all signs of the virus.

If you have norovirus, the best things you can do are rest, and take plenty of non-caffeinated drinks to avoid dehydration.

People worried about prolonged symptoms, should contact NHS 111 or ring their GP surgery. They will provide advice for people who are at greater risk from dehydration from diarrhoea and vomiting, such as children under the age of five or the elderly.

Thousands of homes still at risk of coastal flooding

Seventy five percent of homes at risk of coastal flooding in East Lindsey are still not signed up to receive advanced flood warning, it has been revealed today.

Councils and the Environment Agency are warning that thousands of people on the Lincolnshire coast are putting themselves at risk of harm by not registering with Flood Warnings Direct.

Despite East Coast flooding being the greatest risk to the County, an estimated 75 per cent of households in coastal flood risk areas in East Lindsey have not signed up to the scheme, which is free of charge and provides a telephone call to a landline or mobile to give advance warnings of potential flooding.

"The tidal surge proved that flooding can have devastating effects on communities and it is important people are aware if their home could be affected.

"By signing up for flood warnings from the Environment Agency you will receive plenty of notice which can help you to protect your home and your family."

– David Powell, Head of Emergency Planning at Lincolnshire County Council

"In recent years we have seen the devastating effects of flooding – most recently in 2013 when flooding caused by a tidal surge devastated many homes and businesses across the country.

"While we will never be able to prevent flooding entirely, those living in areas of flood risk, be it on the coast or inland, should be as prepared as they can be, limiting the devastation that a flood can cause.

"I would urge anyone who lives in or has a business in a flood risk area to sign up to the FWD scheme now."

– Cllr Steve O'Dare. Portfolio Holder for the Environment

"Despite year on year campaigns it remains very surprising that such a small percentage of households are signed up to receive free flood warnings. Please don’t delay - make that call as it really can make a huge difference."

– Rachael McMahon. Flood Resilience Advisor

To register for flood warnings go online at www.gov.uk/flood, or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can choose five ways that you would like to be contacted with flood warning messages including phone numbers and email addresses so that whether you are at home or away, you will get the messages.

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Tributes paid to Lincoln Council's retiring chief executive

City of Lincoln councillors last night paid tribute to Andrew Taylor, who will retire as Chief Executive of the council this Friday, March 6.

“It is with great sadness we heard the news this week that the council’s Chief Executive Andrew Taylor has made the decision to take early retirement due to ill health.

“Andrew joined the council in 1999 and, as such, is the second-longest serving Chief Executive at the council since 1910.

"During his time in Lincoln he was well respected and well liked among his colleagues, members and others in the city.

“Such was his dedication to his role, Andrew even learnt Mandarin and German so he could better converse with representatives from our twin cities of Nanchang and Neustadt.

"He also famously raised funds for prostate cancer by having the moustache he had sported for 37 years very publicly shaved off.

“I know I speak on behalf of all members when I say he will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with Andrew and his family at this difficult time.”

– The Mayor of Lincoln, Cllr Brent Charlesworth
Andrew Taylor who is stepping down as the Chief Executive of the City of Lincoln Council Credit: City of Lincoln Council

Mr Taylor took indefinite leave from the office in September 2014, when he began treatment for a brain tumour. Unfortunately, an initial course of treatment was unsuccessful.

“It is always sad to see someone retire after such a long period of service, but especially so in such upsetting circumstances.

“Andrew has made a terrific personal and professional contribution to the council for a long time and we are going to miss him a great deal.

“He has dedicated the last 15 years to serving Lincoln and, on behalf of members and staff, I would like to thank him for all his hard work.”

– Cllr Ric Metcalfe, City of Lincoln Council leader

Mr Taylor has spent his entire working life in local government, beginning his career on a six month work experience scheme in 1978 and becoming the youngest Assistant Chief Executive in the country at the age of 29.

“Since taking sick leave I have missed my colleagues at the council and across the city greatly, but now is the time to say farewell.

"I am extremely proud to have been the second longest serving Chief Executive and Town Clerk in the city since 1910.

“I have adored being here in Lincoln. We have been enormously hit with cuts over a good few years now and that was against the background of a council already seriously underfunded, with increased demands also from non council tax payers in neighbouring districts. We have met those challenges incredibly well.

“Many things we have worked so hard on, to ensure the development of our city and take it to the next level, have already started.

"More projects will take place over the next couple of years and they will be incredibly beneficial when complete. They will help the city centre flow far better, and the economic benefits will be marvellous.

“I am also incredibly proud of the way we have developed apprentices and for them to be trained into future wonderful professionals. "Our achievement in this is exceptional and nationally recognised. Having come into local government that way I cannot overstate how beneficial that is.

“It is with great sadness I am retiring, but I have every confidence in the council and would like to thank all my colleagues for their continuing hard work to give Lincoln a great future.”

– Andrew Taylor, City of Lincoln Council's retiring Chief Executive

The council’s Director of Resources, Angela Andrews, will continue in the interim position of Acting Chief Executive.

Staff will be fund raising for Andrew’s chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Care, by taking part in the Lincoln 10k on March 22 as ‘Team Taylor.’ To sponsor the team go to www.justgiving.com/colcteamtaylor

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