Lincoln health service stubs out Phoenix Health Shop

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has closed down the Phoenix Health Shop on Lincoln High Street.

The service, which closed on August 28, provided city residents with the help and support needed in order to quit smoking. It also previously provided services for those dealing with weight problems and awareness of STIs.

It is one of three services in the county which has closed its doors, including health shops in Gainsborough and soon Skegness.

However, LCHS claimed the reason for the closure is so it can relocate the services to keep up with demand.

Therefore, the new Lincoln service will be available at North Hykeham Health Centre.

For those who cannot attend appointment in North Hykeham, a telephone service is also available, and advisors are also situated in 150 venues across the county, such as GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals.

The closure sign on the shop window.

The closure sign on the shop window.

Nikki Silver, General Manager for Family and Healthy Lifestyle Services at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), said: “We have been reviewing the Phoenix NHS Stop Smoking Service with a view to increasing the number of appointments offered and making it available in more locations in the community.

“As part of the changes we would like to make, we have decided to close our three Phoenix Health Shops in Lincoln, Gainsborough and Skegness.

“We are introducing a number of new locations in the county, meaning the service will continue to be available in more than 150 venues across Lincolnshire.”

The Gainsborough Health Shop has relocated to the Morton Resource Centre at John Coupland Hospital while Skegness Health Shop, closing September 30, will be available at Skegness Health Clinic or Beacon Medical Centre.