Get to know the primary care professionals helping to see patients quicker

Patients in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are finding it quicker to get the care they need thanks to the wide range of primary care professionals working in the region’s GP practices. Health and care experts, such as practice nurses, clinical pharmacists, physiotherapists and healthcare assistants, work alongside GPs to ensure patients…

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Public asked to play a part in getting a handle on antimicrobial resistance

People living across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are being told how they can play a small but significant part in preventing antimicrobial resistance. Each year, up to five million people worldwide lose their life as a result of antimicrobial resistance, which occurs when bacteria, viruses and other illness-inducing germs become immune…

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Practices offering more types of appointment, and more outside of traditional opening hours

GP practices across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are helping patients to get the help they need by offering more types of appointment, as well as making more slots available outside of traditional opening hours. Since the beginning of last month, most practices in the region have begun to offer a select…

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Health leaders make urgent vaccination appeal as bookings for Covid-19 jab fall

Any person in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire who is eligible for the Covid-19 autumn booster should book their vaccination appointment now. That is the message coming from the region’s health leaders as the latest appointment data shows a worrying decline in the number of people actively arranging their Covid-19 vaccinations. As…

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Covid-19 vaccine total hits 2.5 million but health leaders say still more to do

More than 2.5 million Covid-19 vaccinations have now been given out to people living across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. Local vaccination teams hit the milestone achievement at the end of last month after thousands of people aged 50 and over received their autumn booster. However, many people currently eligible for their…

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Paulton Hospital celebrates 150th anniversary with generous gift to fund new X-ray facility

Patients and staff at Paulton Hospital Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) have a double cause for celebration after the Paulton Hospital League of Friends group donated £115,000 to fund a new X-ray facility at the same time the hospital celebrates its 150th anniversary. The donation made by the League of Friends includes a substantial legacy left…

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Temporary ward for recovering patients opens in Bath to help free up beds in local hospitals this winter

A temporary ward has opened at St Martin’s Hospital in Bath to support people who are well enough to leave hospital but not ready to go home. The ward has opened to help relieve pressure on local acute hospitals and free up beds for the most ill patients. The community ward, which also opened to…

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Winter vaccinations now locally available for all adults over the age of 50

Adults over the age of 50 in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire can give themselves the best possible chance of staying fit and healthy this winter by arranging to have a Covid-19 autumn booster and the flu jab. Both vaccines are free on the NHS for people over the age of 50,…

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Region’s new integrated care partnership to meet in public for first time

The newly-formed integrated care partnership for Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will meet in public for the first time next week. Health and care officials from across the local NHS, as well as their counterparts in the region’s local government and third sector organisations, will come together for their first official meeting…

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Limit spread of winter bugs by adopting good personal hygiene regime now

People in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are being encouraged to remember the personal hygiene measures that were common during the pandemic and use them to keep seasonal illnesses at bay this winter. Hand-washing, mask-wearing in crowded public spaces and avoiding friends and family when feeling unwell became part of everyday life…

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