15th February 2018
A reluctance to talk about organ donation is contributing to a deadly shortage of organs, leaving families to make a difficult decision when someone they love dies.
12th February 2018
As the most romantic day of the year approaches, an expert in men’s health is urging partners everywhere to show their love by encouraging men to take care of their bodies.
9th February 2018
Often thought of as a condition which affects the over-50s, or one that rock stars get following a lifetime’s exposure to loud noise, research has shown that one child in 30 has clinically significant tinnitus.
9th February 2018
More than 50,500 hip replacements took place across England and Wales last year. It is a major, yet effective and common operation and over time becomes the only way to eradicate pain and improve quality of life.
7th February 2018
It may not feel like it but spring is just around the corner. It is now time to think about how you can capitalise on the health and wellbeing benefits nature can bring for people living with dementia, and the people who care for them.
31st January 2018
We are the only hospital in Somerset to have been awarded NJR Quality Data Provider status
31st January 2018
According to an answer to a recent Parliamentary question, more than 75,500 people who were admitted to hospital in 2017 had a primary or secondary diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency. Six years earlier that number had been just 10,000.
30th January 2018
A new annual survey has uncovered the shocking statistic that one in four adults in England has high blood pressure, a condition that can cause long-term debilitating illness.
29th January 2018
There’s no doubt that being active in your local community can have a beneficial effect on your well-being, and a new survey shows that people approaching retirement are keen to do their bit and boost their health at the same time.
19th January 2018
Della Panton, from Wellington, chose Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre for her hip replacement
18th January 2018
Nicola Swanborough from the Epilepsy Society offers helpful advice on what to do if you are with someone having a seizure.
16th January 2018
New evidence is suggesting that weight loss, for those heavier than medically recommended, could have more health benefits than previously thought, especially for women.
11th January 2018
Every day, millions of people in this country introduce toxic chemicals such as cadmium into their bodies
9th January 2018
A shingles vaccination programme is showing some good results with a reduction in both the number of cases and long-term complications.
3rd January 2018
Climbing on to the scales at the start of the year may lead to a nasty shock. Two weeks of festive food and drinks can easily cause the pounds to pile on.
29th December 2017
A new study published this month in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) shows that during the last 300 years the standard wine glass has increased in size by a staggering sevenfold, with increasing risks to our health.
27th December 2017
An expert on wellbeing for older people is urging people to think how they can use technology to make Christmas and the New Year special.
22nd December 2017
Health experts from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are urging us all not to wash our Christmas turkey before putting in the oven.
19th December 2017
It cleanses, hydrates and refreshes – there’s nothing quite like a nice cool glass of water. And not only does it feel satisfying, drinking water is vital for our bodies to function.
14th December 2017
Recent research confirms the growing bank of evidence that marriage gives some protection from dementia.
12th December 2017
Out of hours health experts are encouraging patients to put more than mince pies and turkey on their wish list as we prepare for a week of fun and festivities.
8th December 2017
An extended waiting time, a blind date and an Internet search led Michael Hill to travel to us to have both his knees replaced in time to celebrate his 70th birthday
8th December 2017
More than 70,000 knee replacements took place across England and Wales last year. It is a major, yet effective and common operation and over time becomes the only way to eradicate pain and improve quality of life.
6th December 2017
New research shows that people living with dementia benefit from being connected with their local community. At Care UK, teams are working to develop these crucial links.
5th December 2017
Suffolk and North East Essex are just two of the places in the country trying to improve awareness of diabetes.
30th November 2017
At the end of Men’s Health Awareness Month Ade Adeniyi, Care UK’s men’s health expert, looks at six simple ways all men, and the partners who support them, can help to improve their health.
28th November 2017
New research from the US has found a link between the sleep disorder obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and levels of a protein involved in Alzheimer’s disease.
23rd November 2017
A new study into the UK’s tooth brushing habits reveals a disturbing trend of poor oral hygiene habits that are a major contributor to the pressure on NHS budgets.
21st November 2017
November is National Men’s Health Awareness Month and Care UK’s men’s health expert is encouraging his fellow men to address something they don’t like to talk about, yet all agree it is a killer: men’s mental health.
16th November 2017
Heart disease (including heart attack and stroke) is still the leading cause of death amongst men. Lifestyle factors, like smoking or not getting enough exercise, mean many people have unhealthy hearts, which means their ‘heart age’ is older than their physical age.
14th November 2017
Many health experts are now saying that the UK has a problem with alcohol. They claim alcohol is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability for people aged 15-49, and the fifth biggest threat to health for all ages of people.
10th November 2017A Suffolk-based couple have taken on regular 400 mile round trips in order to receive their joint surgery at a Care UK hospital, and they’re recommending it to their friends.
9th November 2017
New statistics released by NHS Digital show that the number of obese children in England continues to rise, a troubling indicator of the nation’s health as the numbers are considered a predictor of adult obesity.
8th November 2017
Today is World Radiography Day and Patricia Lupea, one of our Senior Radiographers, talks about her role and what it's like to be a radiographer at Care UK
6th November 2017
A worrying new survey from scientists based at Queen Mary University London has revealed the extraordinary levels of sugar lurking in lunchtime meal deals from high street chains.
2nd November 2017
There are many germs that can cause infections; some of which live on our bodies and others are found in the environment. When the number of organisms evokes a response from the human host, we see signs of infection.
31st October 2017
Public Health England (PHE) has updated its guidance on antibiotics, with advice including fighting infections with plenty of rest with your feet up at home.
27th October 2017
We can confirm that there is to be no decrease in the number of beds available at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre
26th October 2017
By choosing to have her treatment in another county, Val had her knee replacement surgery and was back doing what she loves faster
26th October 2017
Over the past year you may have read touching interviews with Formula 1 legend, Sir Jackie Stewart, talking about his wife’s experience with dementia. Many of those caring for a loved one with the condition will recognise his description of his wife’s flawless long-term memory but minimal short term memory.
23rd October 2017
October saw outbreaks of the norovirus as far apart as Gloucestershire and Suffolk. What can we all do to protect our communities from this highly contagious and nasty bug?
20th October 2017
Today is World Osteoporosis Day. Find out more about this condition
18th October 2017
At one time it was thought the only effect of regular insufficient sleep was feeling a bit tired during the day.
16th October 2017
At age 55 Stephen Howarth, a manual and robotic welder from Crewkerne, is comparatively young to have had his left hip replaced. Yet problems with osteoarthritis since his teens meant he had to have the operation sooner rather than later.
13th October 2017
Sunday 15th October is Global Handwashing Day, and according to the Royal Pharamaceutical Society we are not washing our hands as well as we should
12th October 2017
Today, 12th October, is World Arthritis Day and here is some useful information about the condition
12th October 2017
For everyone who likes to start the day with an egg, this week’s news from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is smashing.
10th October 2017
Researchers at Harvard University’s School of Public Health have further linked middle-aged spread to health risks in later life.
6th October 2017
New research suggests that stressful events, such as losing your job, divorce or the death of a loved one, can age your brain.
3rd October 2017
For years research has indicated that being happier can contribute to physical wellbeing, and now new research appears to show that it can even positively impact on the effectiveness of a flu jab.
Because we only deal with scheduled care, and no emergency cases, we are not affected by the NHS announcement to cancel all non-urgent surgery; if you are booked in for an appointment or surgery with us it will still go ahead.