A temporary diabetes helpline has been launched in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NHS Diabetes Advice helpline is intended to be available until mid-March 2021 and is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require clinical advice. Where routine care has been disrupted, the helpline is available for clinical advice to help patients understand how to effectively manage their diabetes.
Patients can access NHS Diabetes Advice helpline on 0345 123 2399 Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm.
Somerset CCG has successfully bid for funding from NHSX to fund three digital tools designed to provide support to people with learning disabilities. The tools are called BrainInHand, HearMeNow and MySense. There are link to each of these websites here:
The work will build on a number of pilot projects already in place in Somerset via our colleagues at Somerset County Council. These digital tools are designed to support wellbeing and improve our ability to deliver annual health checks for people with learning disabilities. We are also looking forward to developing other measures of success throughout the project lifespan with our partners at the Academic Health Science Network.
Allison Nation, Director- Digital Strategy, says "We are delighted to have secured this funding for Somerset, and are looking forward to working with the County Council, Primary Care, care home providers and many other sectors to improve the lives and wellbeing of our residents".
Please click on the link below which takes you to the Somerset CCG website for more information on Treatment Escalation Plans (TEPs)
My Diabetes My Way Somerset is a website for people with diabetes and their carers. It contains information resources that can help you understand more about your diabetes and explains how you can more effectively manage the condition. In addition to this information, you can also access your diabetes records. Data are collected from your GP notes, hospital diabetes clinic records, eye screening service and laboratory blood tests.
People who use the service say that it improves their knowledge to help them meet goals, improves motivation to make improvements and acts as a reminder for discussions during appointments. The service is not a replacement for your normal care, but helps you to monitor your results before, during and after contacts with your healthcare team.
If you wish to find out more about the service before you register please email the My Diabetes My Way team for more information: email@example.com
Please click on the link below for further information about the MyType1Diabetes online free education package which supports you to manage your Type1 Diabetes.
MyType1Diabetes, provided by MyWay Digital Health, includes tailored advice and educational resources created by NHS experts in diabetes and in association with people with diabetes.
Adults with Type 1 diabetes can use this platform to access lots of information about diabetes in different formats, including videos, leaflets and eLearning courses. The platform aims to support users to gain more understanding of their Type 1 diabetes and increase their confidence in how to manage it.
During the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to change our regular way of working and so Diabetic Annual reviews have been suspended. We are now in the process of reviewing medical records and the need for these appointments and we will contact you to arrange an appointment as required. We will be undertaking this activity over the course of the next several weeks.
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"From Monday 4th November 2019, as part of the Maternity Digital Transformation programme outlined by “Better Births,” maternity services are launching a new ‘online self-referral’ service for newly pregnant women. The online form will be available from the trust maternity website and accessed directly by women wishing to register with maternity services.
The online form will allow our admin team to complete pre-registration information required for our clinical systems as we prepare to offer a ‘paper-light’ maternity service, phasing out the maternity handheld notes and utilising our clinical documentation system, Medway Maternity.
The form requests that patients complete their basic demographic details alongside basic obstetric and medical history. This service will standardise referral pathways and allow our midwives to better plan and prioritise care based on the information received prior to the booking appointment.
Once a self-referral has been submitted and triaged a named midwife will then contact the client directly to offer early pregnancy advice and either arrange an appointment at a suitable time or advise the patient to book an appointment at her GP surgery at the appropriate gestational week to be seen.
Digital Lead Midwife
Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Stopping The Over-Medication of children and young People
Supporting Treatment and Appropriate Medication in Paediatrics
The STOMP-STAMP family leaflet has been produced for families of children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both who may be prescribed (or are prescribed) psychotropic medication, to help them ask questions about their care and be more involved in discussion.Some examples of psychotropic drugs are; Risperidone/Rispadal, Aripipazole, Clopixol and Haloperadol.
Click on the link below to view the STOMP-STAMP leaflet:
The SWEDA Support Group takes place on the first Wednesday of every month between 7.00pm & 8.30pm at our comfy meeting room in Shepton Mallet.
We have two qualified group facilitators, both with years of experience in eating disorders.
The next group will be on Wednesday 4th September at
The Coach House, Harvest Court, Park Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BS.
Please feel free to bring along a friend (they are welcome to join in the group or wait in our waiting area for you).
Our self-help group is user led, so in each session the discussion will vary depending on who is attending and what they are bringing to the session. You will always have an opportunity to discuss what is important to you. This will allow you to talk about things you might not be able to discuss with others. We are not here to judge you. You might just want to ask for information or for some advice. You may just need to off load (whatever is important and beneficial to you). We want to give you the feeling of empowerment, a sense of community, letting you know you are not alone. Our members have found this form of support helpful when used on a regular basis; there is no obligation to attend every month. It is completely up to you.
SWEDA has always recognised the value of peer support – people coming together to support one another, share their successes and challenges and to encourage each other along the journey to recovery.
We hope to see you there.
When you see your doctor they may refer you to see a specialist for further treatment. Please click on the link below to find out more about this process:
Travel to Hospital
If you have been referred for further treatment it is possible that you may have to attend a clinic at the hospital. Please use the link below to go to the Somerset CCG website to investigate your local Transport options. You can also check to see if you are eligible for free transport.
Slinky is an accessible bus service for people who can’t use conventional transport. Call them on 01749 880482.
Car schemes locally include the Mendip Community Transport Bookings: 01749 880613
Sepsis leaflet – what to look for if your child has a temperature and you are worried
When Should I Worry – a patient guide to coughs, colds, earache and sore throats
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Use Patient Access to book appointments, request medications and view your medical record.
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