Somerset Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness of Type 2 Diabetes

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During Diabetes Awareness Week 10 -17 June, NHS Somerset is launching a campaign to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes and help patients understand the support they can gain from the free NHS Type 2 Pathway to Remission Programme in Somerset. Somerset GP Henk Bruggers says “In Somerset there are already over 30,000 people living…

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The May edition of Our Somerset newsletter is now out!

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This month our newsletter is introduced by Katherine Nolan, Chief Executive of Spark Somerset – who talks about the importance of volunteering and how this can spark a positive change in people. There is also information on NHS Somerset’s Big Conversation Roadshow, a spotlight on a recent VCFSE research event as well as some great…

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Improving acute stroke services in Somerset

Update on the implementation phase following the Integrated Care Board meeting 23/05/2024 Following the unanimous decision taken by NHS Somerset Integrated Care Board in January to improve our acute stroke services, we agreed to keep the public informed on the next steps in the process. We have now started to implement the plans, which were…

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The April edition of Our Somerset newsletter is now out!

The latest edition of Our Somerset is now available. Our monthly newsletter brings together news and updates from across Somerset’s health and care organisations, providing you with a range of helpful updates, news and events from across the county. This month we are asking people to ‘move more’ in May for mental health as well…

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Berry’s Coaches partners with ‘Our Somerset’ to promote blood pressure awareness

Berry’s Coaches, a family-run business with a rich history in passenger transport dating back to 1920, recently participated in the ‘Take the Pressure Off’ campaign, a joint initiative between NHS Somerset and Somerset Council. The campaign aims to raise awareness about high blood pressure and encourage early detection through free blood pressure checks within communities…

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Knife Angel welcomed to Somerset

 Crowds of people gathered in Taunton today for the unveiling of the Knife Angel in Somerset as part of a nationwide anti-violence tour.   The statue, which aims to raise awareness of the negative effects of violence and aggression, stands at 27 ft tall, weighs 3.5 tonnes and is made out of 100,000 knives and…

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Somerset Council renews support for unpaid carers

Somerset has renewed its commitment to carers with a refreshed strategy, launched at an event in Taunton.   On Tuesday 19 March, Somerset Council joined forces with NHS Somerset and community organisations to launch the strategy explaining their ongoing commitment to supporting unpaid carers in Somerset.  The event, which was held at Deane House in Taunton,…

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Join us to hear more about the planned changes to emergency stroke services in Somerset – 1 March 2024

In January, NHS Somerset Board approved recommendations to improve emergency stroke services in Somerset. The plans, developed by clinicians, people working in stroke services, key stakeholders and people with lived experience of stroke, will mean changes to emergency hyper acute stroke services (up to the first 72 hours of emergency stroke care). The changes will…

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NHS Somerset approves improvements to stroke services in Somerset

NHS Somerset Board has today, agreed recommendations to improve stroke services in Somerset. The plans, developed by clinicians, people working in stroke services, key stakeholders and people with lived experience of stroke, will mean changes to: The Board have requested that the finance committee review the financial case in terms of maximising value for money…

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Stroke services review: recommendation on the future of stroke services

Recommendations to improve hyper acute and acute strokes services in Somerset will be presented to the NHS Somerset Board for a decision next week, 25 January 2024. The recommendations are designed to ensure we have safe, sustainable stroke services in Somerset. The recommendations have been further developed by senior clinicians, health and care staff and…

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