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Inmates at Boston's North Sea Camp prison in bid to combat obesity

By Boston Target  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

  • Inmates are to be given formal weekly weigh-in sessions and structured weight loss programmes

  • North Sea Camp open prison, near Boston

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A WEIGHT management scheme is being put in place to tackle obesity among inmates at Boston's North Sea Camp prison.

The scheme, put in place by the health care team at the prison, will see inmates given formal weekly weigh-in sessions and structured weight loss programmes as well as guidance on healthy lifestyles.

There are also plans to develop a palliative care suite and service for inmates suffering from cancer or who have loved ones with the disease.

Marina Gibbs head of prison healthcare for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are currently recruiting and training people and prisoners to become cancer awareness ambassadors.

"This service will be for prisoners who may have cancer or have a family member with it. It will be about sign posting people to services and to talk about any concerns they may have.

"This palliative care scheme came about due to the aging population at North Sea Camp and we are starting to get more inmates with health needs."

The population of HMP North Sea Camp was 333 in 2011 and has risen to 420 in January 2013.

The healthcare team at NSC are working with St Barnabas Hospice at Home and Marie Curie to provide palliative care to prisoners.

Discussions and plans are still underway into the palliative care and services.

A presentation on these schemes will be put before Lincolnshire County Council's Health and Scrutiny Committee tomorrow (January 16).

HMP North Sea Camp is a Category D open prison meaning that prisoners are able to access community services such as dentistry, physiotherapy and sexual health clinics under temporary licence once all risk assessments are satisfied. However, recent changes to this process mean that a prisoner is not allowed to access the community until they reach their earliest possible release date, which could be two years after arrival at the prison.

A report to go before the committee said: "The recent Health Needs Assessment refresh has identified the need to review current service provision and we are working closely with both commissioners and prison governors to undertake this review."

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  • Bolshie  |  January 21 2013, 5:01PM

    Open prison is a contradiction in terms and represents nothing more than a minor inconvenience to the inmates - certainly not what I'd expect as part of a punishment! I expect we pay for taxis to get the inmates to MacDonalds whilst the maids clean their luxury suites. Cut the defecit - there are huge public savings to be made by replacing the joke we have now with a much more draconian prescription.

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  • Ian_Heighton  |  January 21 2013, 1:24PM

    Problem is that cheap food is full of fat and sugar and with the lack of exercise whilst incarcerated, what do you expect.

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  • Nei11_Lincoln  |  January 21 2013, 12:18PM

    Pathetic!! It really winds me up when you hear were the taxpayers money goes!! They are prisoners, they should be getting grull everyday!! That'll stop them getting fat!!

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