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A new mental health unit near Sleaford, dedicated solely to women, has officially opened.

Work began on Ash Villa in Greylees back in September 2020, with a £400,000 refurbishment to turn it into a new acute treatment ward for women.

The 15-bed ward opened on Monday, March 1 and will provide support for women who are experiencing severe, short term episodes of ill mental health.

The Ash Villa building is now a new mental health ward. | Photo: LPFT

It will also be used for people who cannot be safely supported by community based services, complimenting existing acute mental health wards for adults in Boston and Lincoln.

Patients will receive an initial assessment and, where appropriate, can be transferred to the treatment ward at Ash Villa and receive support before discharge.

It is believed that the unit, managed by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will ensure that less patients have to travel outside of the county for hospital care.

Ash Villa in Greylees will be home to a new women’s mental health ward.

Chris Higgins, director of operations at LPFT, said: “We are delighted to be opening a new mental health ward specifically for women.

“We have wanted to stop patients from having to travel further away from home for acute care for some time and coronavirus has magnified this challenge.

“Over the last two years we have had more females admitted to acute inpatient services than males and these additional beds will allow us flexibility across our entire adult acute inpatient services.”

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Sleaford will have a new location for its Post Office as of next week, as the store will open in a larger space at the Riverside Shopping Centre.

The Post Office and Pop-in Bargain Shop will open inside the spacious unit four at the centre on Southgate on Monday, February 15.

It first opened inside Pop-in Bargain Shop at unit 18 of Riverside in September last year during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, but will now have a larger space.

The move came after the expiry of the lease on the old Post Office in Sleaford back in February 2020, prompting a relocation into the pop-in store.

The new opening hours will be Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm and 10am to 4pm on Sundays, meaning there will be 55 hours of Post Office service a week in Sleaford.

There will be two serving positions, alongside the retail counter.

The Mayor of Sleaford, councillor Anthony Brand, will cut the ribbon on the store on Monday at 1pm, and the town crier will declare the good news.

Ian Johnson, Post Office network provision lead, said: “We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs.

“We are pleased to have a permanent solution for the town in recently refurbished premises and with the added advantage of daily opening.”

A woman from Ruskington is rejoicing after finally receiving her new bionic arm, following a £13,000 fundraiser.

Beverley Gormley, 48, was born with her left arm missing below the elbow, and began fundraising for a bionic arm in September 2020.

She said that the various other types of prosthetic limbs she has had to use throughout her life were no good, leaving her with scars and “lots of interesting nicknames.”

Now, with her new ‘Hero Arm’ paid for and fitted, complete with functional fingers, Beverley told The Lincolnite about her “amazing day”.

Beverley is already enjoying the simple things that a bionic limb allows her to do, such as tying her laces. | Photo: Beverley Gormley

She said: “It’s an unbelievable arm, it’s the first time that a prosthetic arm has felt like it is a part of me.

“It’s perfectly weighted and balanced, I’m not quite sure how to put this into words.”

Beverley is a youth volunteer who often works to spread awareness of disability amongst young people, particularly with her coaching work.

The amazing ‘Hero Arm’ has given Beverley her confidence back. | Photo: Beverley Gormley

She is a founding member of the Team GB Junior Roller Derby team, and guided them to the junior World Cup in America last year.

Beverley announced on her fundraiser, which earned over £12,300 in just 13 weeks, that her getting the hero arm is only the beginning.

“My bionic journey doesn’t end with me receiving my arm. I want to use this bionic arm for good and will be spreading disability awareness and inclusion to the younger generation.

“I also want to help parents who are expecting babies with a limb difference and children who are born like me to see that nothing will hold them back. Their limb difference can be their super power.

Bev and her new arm are feeling great! | Photo: Beverley Gormley

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You really have helped change my life.”

Beverley can now get to doing the things she has always wanted to do, this time without hassle.

During her first full day with the bionic arm attachment, she uploaded a video of her feeding her pet dog a carrot, something which may seem small to us, but is life-changing for her.

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