Tag Archives: NHS

Pilot scheme puts social care in A&E

A pioneering pilot scheme to help ease the pressures on NHS resources this winter is being spearheaded by Somerset County Council and local NHS partners. Starting in the next few months, the trial will see the authority base a social worker in the A&E departments at the county’s two major hospitals – Musgrove Park in […]

Happy birthday Home First

Somerset’s Home First social care and health initiative is celebrating its second birthday, having helped more than 5,000 people return home from hospital sooner. Home First reduces hospital stays by offering patients the opportunity to finish their therapy out of the hospital with tailored help from professionals – providing better outcomes and freeing-up vital hospital […]

Patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital through Somerset’s Homefirst scheme

Patients avoided 7,500 nights in hospital and the NHS saved at least £2m to be reinvested by choosing a tailored Somerset help at home scheme. The pioneering ‘Homefirst’ scheme, which has been jointly developed by the County Council’s adult social care team and the county’s hospitals, reduces hospital stays by up to 10 days by […]

Think self-care for minor illness or ailments

Somerset’s urgent and emergency health services continue to be under pressure due to the severe weather conditions and are prioritising support to the most urgent and seriously ill people today. Members of the public are asked not to telephone the 999-ambulance service unless they or a family member are experiencing a serious, life-threatening emergency. Yesterday […]

Get the right NHS treatment

The NHS in Somerset is urging members of the public to get the right treatment and avoid telephoning for a 999 ambulance or visiting busy district hospital Accident and Emergency Departments with only minor illness or ailments. The advice comes as the county’s district hospitals in Taunton and Yeovil have been experiencing exceptionally high demand, […]

‘Home First’ relieves pressure on Somerset hospitals

Home First, a Somerset health and social care initiative, is freeing up hospital beds during this busy winter period by giving people the care they need at home. Although the numbers of people being admitted to local hospitals has increased significantly, the number of people facing unnecessary delays in leaving hospital has reduced by an […]

Working together to tackle child sexual exploitation

Over 100 professionals from across Somerset came together this week with the aim of working together to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE). Representatives from the police, health organisations, schools and local authorities attended the “practical conference” on Wednesday (30 November), which was organised by Somerset Safeguarding Children Board. Speakers included the Chair of the Board, […]

Somerset’s five-year health and care plan published

An ambitious plan to transform health and care across Somerset has been launched. Somerset’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is one of 44 across the country and aims to deliver high quality care and more prevention of illness while addressing major financial pressures linked with shortages of key staff across all areas of health and […]

Somerset Choices is here

A new website that will help people across Somerset access care and support in the county is now here. Developed by the County Council and the NHS, Somerset Choices (www.somersetchoices.org.uk) aims to help people help themselves stay independent, healthy and well. It will put people in control of their care and wellbeing and give them […]

Social Care stepping up to meet winter pressures

Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care teams are stepping up to help address the pressures facing health services across the County. Extra social workers have been placed in hospitals since November and are working seven days a week alongside health colleagues and families to discharge patients. Earlier this week, on one day alone, 50 patients […]