Somerset’s Homeless Health Service – helping reduce health inequalities as temperatures drop across Somerset

As temperatures drop across the county, many people who experience homelessness can struggle even more with their health. People who are in temporary accommodation, or sleeping rough, face huge barriers to accessing healthcare, and as such, can potentially only live until their mid-40s – around 30 years younger than the general population. The award-winning Somerset…

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Help with your health over the festive season in Somerset

Bernie Marden, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Somerset says Bernie Marden, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Somerset says “Cold weather and seasonal infections can be seriously bad for your health. That’s why it’s important to look after yourself and your family, especially during the winter. Somerset has a wide range of services to help everyone stay…

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Somerset Community Foundation awards over £150,000 to help local community groups survive cost-of-living crisis

Somerset Community Foundation, in partnership with Somerset Council and NHS Somerset, recently awarded over £150,000 in grants to 44 local community groups in the latest round of Cost-of-Living grants this summer. The grants will help groups across the county cope with rising energy bills and offer more support to people in Somerset who are struggling…

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Reducing health inequalities for inclusion health groups

Written by Laura Devlin Earlier this year, NHS Somerset’s Homeless Health Service won the 2023 NHS Parliamentary Health Equality award, which recognises organisations that work collaboratively to “reduce health inequalities and prevent ill health in their community”. Laura Devlin, an inclusion and homeless health GP, explains how the service works and how the newly published Inclusion Health Framework…

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Historic signing heralds the start of a united new approach to support the health and wellbeing of people in Somerset.

Last Thursday, leaders from the voluntary sector, NHS and Somerset Council, gathered in Taunton to sign an historic document outlining a shared vision and commitment to work more closely together to achieve better health and wellbeing for the people of Somerset. The event, attended by over 60 representatives from the county’s charities, NHS and Somerset…

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NHS Somerset stroke consultation update

NHS Somerset completed its 12-week public consultation in April 2023, which gathered feedback about the future of acute hospital-based stroke services in Somerset, from people living in Somerset and people who use Somerset hospitals. We wish to thank everyone that took part and shared their views. The public consultation is one part of a bigger…

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Somerset’s ‘Walk for a Life’ event attracts crowds to raise awareness of suicide prevention

Somerset’s ‘Walk for a Life’ event, aimed at raising awareness of suicide prevention, returned on Saturday 9 September for the second time. Starting at Castle House at the Museum of Somerset at 10:30am, crowds gathered to take the mile long walk through Taunton’s Town Centre, passing through meaningful locations to commemorate those impacted by suicide within the…

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#LearnForLove – new family health and wellbeing resources worth £100 for every Somerset resident 

A new series of online relationship, health and wellbeing resources worth £100 per person have been launched in Somerset. The learning resources are available to all Somerset residents, and span topics such as pregnancy, labour and birth, parenting, mental health and wellbeing, and relationships.   Residents can access the online learning by:   They can then choose…

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