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Patients Webinar
Helping you access reliable nutrition information

WebinarA Webinar is an online presentation which allows you to listen to expert NHS healthcare professionals. You can listen anywhere if you have access to an internet connection.

The website was developed by NHS Dietitians in Somerset and is aimed at patients with a Somerset GP. However, the information is applicable to any patient in the UK The nutrition-related webinars are endorsed by the British Dietetics Association.

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Added:  20/08/2022

Are you waiting for a hospital appointment or operation?
My Planned Care gives you help and support while you wait

The My Planned Care website supports people waiting for a hospital appointment, operation or treatment, and provides advice and support while you wait.

This includes access to average hospital waiting times* and other useful advice including: helping you to prepare for your appointment; information on how to keep healthy; looking after your mental health; accessing financial help and other local support services. 

The site is easy to use and updated weekly. Carers, friends, relatives and NHS teams can access the site and support people if required. 

*Waiting list information for cancer treatments is not available on this website.

Added:  26/05/2022

Scan waiting list - CDDFT Updated 21/11/2022

Here is a list of current waiting times for scan appointments.

Urgent RequestRoutine Request
Ultrasound2 to 3 weeks6 weeks
CT4 to 5 weeks5-6 weeks
MRI3 to 4 weeks6 weeks

Updated:  23/11/2022

Healthy Planet, Healthy People

Picture of our planet with link to Greener Planet websiteThe NHS is responsible for 5% of the UK’s carbon footprint. We need to change how we work to avoid the unmanageable and to manage the avoidable.

Here at St Andrew's we have made some simple yet affective changes to our everyday working which will have an environmental impact, reduce harmful impact on planetary health and reduce the risks of climate change. 

We have also appointed a designated staff member to ensure we are continuingly managing this and making a difference.

Changes we have made include:

  • Electronic prescribing
  • Our website provides useful information rather than having paper leaflets
  • Double sided printing
  • Use of recycled toilet rolls

We have completed 14 of the 16 points set out in this document from SDHCIC (we have not completed #2 and #5).For more information go to the Greener Practice website or go to the patient area of the site.

Updated:  12/05/2022

Sign Video on NHS111

BSL users can now use Sign Video as a way to contact NHS 111. You can download the app, or use a PC/laptop and webcam to access the service. Sign Video is the replacement for InterpreterNow.

Full details of how to use the new service can be found here

Reviewed:  24/05/2022

An Unwell Child?

Click here for a useful guide with when to seek help and from whom.  Having an unwell child can be a worrying time, especially if you aren't sure what to do.

Updated:  24/05/2022

Waiting Area TV Presentation

Click here for the latest presentation (Version 5.33 dated 24/10/2022)

Updated: 24/10/2022

Changes to the way health and care services are planned and delivered

Over recent years, the way health and care services are planned and delivered has been changing to better meet our health and care needs. On 1 July 2022, the new ways of working will be formally established with the creation of 42 statutory integrated care systems.

Integrated care systems are local partnerships made up of all the public services that provide health and care in your local area - the NHS, GPs, local councils and the community, voluntary and social enterprise sector.

Each includes an integrated care board and an integrated care partnership. Together they plan how best to deliver these services to meet the needs of local people. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be closed down and their relevant legal functions will transfer to integrated care boards.

These new ways of working will help deliver important priorities including addressing the COVID backlogs, improving access to primary and urgent care and tackling health inequalities. You can find out more by visiting the integrated care section of NHS England's website.

Added:  01/07/2022

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