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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on the NHS. Although COVID cases in our hospitals have now reduced we are still having to work in COVID-safe ways. This means that it will take a long time for the NHS to restore services to pre-pandemic levels.

In Lincolnshire, we will work hard to tackle the backlog of patients whose care has been impacted by the pandemic. We need to do this whilst also keeping our patients safe.

Patients are understandably anxious about the length of time that they are having to wait for their hospital appointments. Unfortunately, we are unable to confirm how long the wait may be in many cases.

Hospitals are contacting all patients to understand their current situation and prioritise those in most urgent need. Our hospitals are doing their utmost to ensure patients receive the treatment they require and to resume normal services as soon as possible.

Our hospitals follow very strict rules for preventing all types of infection, including COVID-19. If you need to be admitted for surgery, you will be cared for in a low risk area. All patients who are admitted to this area will need to have had a negative COVID swab test before they are admitted. Staff working in these areas will regularly be tested too, and wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE).

Visiting is now allowed in most areas of our hospitals but is still subject to some restrictions. All our patients, visitors, and staff should wear hospital-issued face masks when they are in our hospitals.

If you are waiting to be seen as an outpatient or inpatient, and your symptoms have deteriorated, you can contact the hospital you have been referred to for a specialist to review your referral letter and to discuss your changing symptoms (see contact numbers for each hospital). Your GP practice is not able to help with getting your referral dealt with any quicker, however they may be able to support with symptom management if your symptoms have worsened.

We realise that this is a difficult time, especially for those people who are waiting for treatment, and we apologise for the distress this causes. We will do everything we can to address this, and are working on initiatives that will reduce the length of time people are waiting.

We would also like to take this opportunity to assure our patients, carers, and their families that we remain committed to providing the highest quality, safe care for everyone.

Dr Kieran Sharrock, medical director for Lincolnshire's Local Medical Committee

A 25-year-old-man has died after a crash on the A1 near Grantham on Monday afternoon.

It happened shortly after 3pm on June 14, in a lay-by north of the A52 slip road of the northbound carriageway.

Two vehicles are involved: a silver Ford Transit, and a blue DAF HGV.

The victim, the driver of the Ford Transit, sadly died at the scene. His next of kin are aware.

Lincolnshire Police believe the Transit had travelled north along the A1 from Peterbrough.

As part of the investigation officers are appealing for anyone who travelled from Peterborough on the A1 between 1.30 and 3pm, to check any dashcam footage they may have for the Ford Transit.

The registration number of the Transit is YO15MZW.

It has caused traffic delays. | Photo: R.S. Mortiss

Investigators would like to hear from anyone who has footage, saw the silver Transit van or witnessed the collision.

There are a number of ways to get in touch:

By email to [email protected] – put the reference incident 150 of June 13 in the subject box.
Via the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident 150 of June 13
Through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org

A couple from Louth have turned the uncertainty of COVID-19 lockdown into an exciting career venture, and are now running three businesses at once in the town.

Jonathan Cryans (26) and Ashley Janney (30) are business partners that run a menswear store, a sewing shop and a salon in New Market Hall, Louth, and they recently got engaged after five years together.

They began in March 2018 with the opening of The Little Sewing Shop, selling cushions and other home furnishings, as well as offering tailored services for clothes.

The Little Sewing Shop has been at New Market Hall in Louth since March 2018. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

When the first coronavirus lockdown hit, Ashley, who is the head designer and director for the sewing shop, made a bold call to buy the unit next door and turn it into a workshop.

Ashley Janney is the director and head designer at The Little Sewing Shop. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Ashley would regularly get customers for weddings, having the local community come to him to tailor suits, and that’s when Janney & Cryans Menswear was born.

Janney & Cryans Menswear at New Market Hall in Louth. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The shop opposite The Little Sewing Shop had previously been a menswear shop, but Ashley and Jonathan made it into their own and opened in June 2020.

That was then followed by The Loft, an upstairs salon run by Jonathan himself, which also opened last June.

Jonathan Cryans runs The Loft, an upstairs salon in close proximity with the other two businesses. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Ashley told The Lincolnite that the success of the businesses has been a result of making the right decisions at the right times.

“You’ve just got to enjoy your job, you spend more time at work than you do at home, so it’s all about finding something you love”, he said.

“We made a choice during the first lockdown to invest in the business and not just expand the sewing shop, but also open the menswear shop and the salon.

“It came to the point where you either fight or die, and despite everybody calling me crazy, I went for it and here we are today.”

Eye-catching decor at The Little Sewing Shop. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

During the local elections in 2021, The Heritage Party ran for council in Louth, and their policies of being against the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as same-sex marriages, caused controversy within the community.

The staff are a really tightly knit team. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

This is something that deeply upset Jonathan and Ashley, though they say they say they’ve never really encountered any forms of homophobia within their business.

Ashley said: “I guess it’s never really come up in conversation, it’s hard to take and sad knowing that people think like that.

“We have new customers every single day, it’s just reassuring that it’s only a small minority who have those views.”

Ashley works most days, but says it never really feels like work because of how much he loves doing it. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Jonathan said: “If you are LGBT you can still run a successful business. You can lead a normal life and be a ‘stable’ member of society.

“It seems so backward to even have to be fighting for this in 2021. But things have come so far and I refuse to not fight for equality.”

Jonathan Cryans at The Loft. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Since reopening, all three businesses have boomed, with the help of a growing online presence and word of mouth.

Janney & Cryans Menswear specialises in smart clothing and footwear. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Ashley explained: “The community has kind of spread the word, I think it works well having all the businesses close together.

“Our local regulars supported us a lot through lockdown to keep us afloat, and since then it’s gone from strength to strength.”

| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

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