24th July 2017
With waiting times of just six weeks from referral to treatment, patients who are referred to us for hip or knee surgery within the next few weeks would have had their treatment and be mobile in time for Christmas
20th July 2017
Parents are being reminded this summer to encourage their 18 year old children to get vaccinated against deadly meningitis and septicaemia.
18th July 2017
The story of a woman who, in preparation for a routine cataract operation, was found to have 27 contact lenses is a prompt for us all to take better care of our eyes
17th July 2017
Tackling stress is just one way to maintain good memory and reduce the risk of dementia
17th July 2017
The number of children doing an hour of exercise each day falls by nearly 40 per cent between the ages of five and 12 and more than one-third of children in England are overweight by the time they leave primary school.
13th July 2017
Health experts are urging men in the South who spend a lot of time outdoors to protect themselves against the sun, to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
11th July 2017
Recently the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons has published data which shows a shocking 24 per cent rise in the number of tooth extractions in hospital for children aged four and under in the past decade.
10th July 2017
10 years after the smoking ban in England, we explain why it is important to quit smoking before you have an operation
4th July 2017
A new report, commissioned by Swim England’s Swimming and Health Commission, has confirmed the long-held belief that regular swimming is not only excellent for good physical health but also for overall wellbeing.
29th June 2017
With new research showing that the average middle-aged office worker is less active that a 75-year old, we offer six top tips on how to keep active at your desk
29th June 2017
National Blood Week (19-25 June) is a nationwide push to celebrate how blood donors make a difference every day, saving people whose lives depend on blood.
27th June 2017
Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat today. Around 11.9 million adults are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes but don’t even know it.
21st June 2017
With the Glastonbury Festival in full swing and a summer of festivals and outdoor events ahead of us, it is easy to forget how much pressure avoidable, festival related health problems add to local NHS services.
21st June 2017To mark Food Safety Week (19-25 June) we look at how to ensure your alfresco dining doesn’t lead to food poisoning.
20th June 2017
Did you know that older people are much more vulnerable to dehydration, leading to an increased risk of falling?
19th June 2017
Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre is celebrating National Food Safety Week (19th to 24th June) with the news that its coveted Gold Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark has been renewed.
16th June 2017
As parts of the country are expected to see very hot and sunny weather this weekend, health experts have issued advice on how to stay safe and well.
13th June 2017
This week, 10th to 18th June, is National Bike Week designed to raise awareness of the health benefits of cycling. Riding a bike is a great way to exercise, but if you’ve had knee replacement surgery how should you get back in to the saddle? Our Physiotherapy Team offers seven top tips.
12th June 2017
Care UK doctors and nurses spend a lot of their time during hay fever season helping patients to manage severe cases of the condition.
8th June 2017Misuse and overuse of antibiotics is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.
7th June 2017
A large research study from the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter has revealed that older people are not being referred for mental health support nearly as frequently as their younger counterparts, despite achieving better outcomes when they are referred.
31st May 2017
New research by scientists at three Scottish universities has linked smoking to liver damage in unborn babies.
30th May 2017
Debra Fox, Care UK’s dementia expert, looks at how you can use television programmes to have a positive effect on the wellbeing of loved ones living with dementia.
27th May 2017
A tiny blood sucking creature no bigger than a pin head has the potential to cause a whole range of health issues if it gets the chance to attach itself to your skin.
17th May 2017
The world’s first wiki poem devoted to dementia – with its first line composed by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion – has been published on National Memory Day.
12th May 2017
Nurses at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre have received a thank you card and a special token to celebrate International Nurses Day.
10th May 2017
More than one in three British people have been sunburnt in the last year while in the UK, and of those 28 per cent were sunburnt three or more times, according to a survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists to mark Sun Awareness Week (8-14 May).
9th May 2017
Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in a newly published inspection report - putting the centre at the very top of the regulator’s quality ratings across England.
8th May 2017
It’s the season when folk start donning their trainers and pounding the roads. Whether it is a fun run or full marathon, or if it is your first time or you are an experienced runner, preparation is key. Arun Alex, Physiotherapy Manager at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre, offers his advice.
8th May 2017
When we cut ourselves, the body’s normal response is to form a clot to stop the bleeding and begin the process of healing. Blood clots can form in any part of the body and most of the time they are harmless. However, in certain situations the likelihood of blood clots forming as a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is significantly increased.
3rd May 2017
May is National Walking Month and, with the warmer weather around the corner, it is a wonderful time to think about how much time we spend on our feet and the many health benefits of taking to the pavements and countryside.
28th April 2017
New research has shown that younger people eating popular ‘clean eating ‘ diets could be putting themselves at the risk of a bone thinning disease later in life.
27th April 2017
For many people going to hospital for a knee replacement operation means recovering from surgery, being cared for by hospital staff and doing what the physiotherapist tells you to do – but for one Yeovilton man it also provided the opportunity to write a daily account of his treatment for his web site.
26th April 2017
If recent excesses of food, chocolate and hot cross buns have taken their toll on your body why not consider some healthy living tips to help put things right?
24th April 2017
Eating your lunch ‘al desko’ may be an increasing part of working life in Britain but on Friday 28 April we are all being encouraged to take a break and go for a walk.
21st April 2017
This month, young and old alike picked up their skipping ropes as school and community groups took part in events designed to highlight the health benefits of skipping.
19th April 2017
For the percentage of the population tortured by the nocturnal rumblings of a partner, snoring is no joke but Dr Asim Hasan, Care UK’s regional medical director for London, knows that the whistling, clicking, rolling thunder can tell you a great deal about a person’s health and it may also point the way to a silent night.
13th April 2017
Damage to his shoulder following a fall meant pain and a temporary stop to his tennis-playing days for Nigel Lane, 80, from Street. Surgery to his shoulder and later to his thumb at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre means that he is now pain free and looking forward to returning to the tennis court.
13th April 2017
Easter is a special time for many families; the chance to spend four days together is a rare treat for many and, for those caring for a loved one with dementia, it offers the opportunity for some fun activities that also increase health and wellbeing.
12th April 2017
The National Osteoporosis Society has released research today which shows that four in 10 of those aged between 18 and 24 who are on or have tried so-called ‘clean eating’ diets may be at risk of osteoporosis.
11th April 2017
This week is National Gardening Week, marking one of the busiest weeks in the gardening calendar.
10th April 2017
With more people seeking refuge from the gloomy British weather at Easter with a trip somewhere warm, an experienced GP is warning spring sun-seekers to take some basic measures to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
5th April 2017
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with more than 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs you have it for many years.
31st March 2017
March has been ovarian cancer awareness month. As this special campaign draws to a close we thought it would be good to find out more about this disease.
27th March 2017
The highest rate of first seizures occurs in new-born babies and those over the age of 65. But while paediatric services provide gold-standard facilities for children with epilepsy, treating people in later life often remains more of a challenge.
22nd March 2017Are you feeling tired all the time?
21st March 2017
For Dr Valerie Stewart, a semi-retired industrial psychologist from Wincanton, becoming aware that she had cataracts was a gradual process.
14th March 2017
In the UK glaucoma affects 1 per cent of people aged over 40 and 5 per cent over the age of 80. World Glaucoma Week (12-18 March 2017) will see healthcare professionals across the country educating people about the eye condition that can lead to blindness.
13th March 2017
When marathon running and cycling policeman Daniel Bishop, 41, from Taunton experienced pain while out running, he thought it was simply groin strain.
10th March 2017
The team at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre will be giving advice on how to keep properly nourished and hydrated using tips contained in a downloadable book as part of their National Nutrition and Hydration Week celebrations.