A study has shown having a pharmacist working 4 sessions a week in a surgery saved over 400 hours of GP time over a year.Read the full story ›
Mounting paperwork and less time with patients - researchers from the University of Bath and Bristol are warning GPs have had enough.Read the full story ›
As the winter nights draw in and more of us become susceptible to colds, flu and sickness, who should we turn to when get ill?Read the full story ›
Our regions GPs are gearing up for their busiest winter on record as NHS England South West focusses on people unnecessarily going to A&E.Read the full story ›
There are around 40,000 deaths every year because of the cold, mainly in elderly.
It's down to simple things like people not heating their homes to at least 18°C. Just by doing this you can prevent respiratory illnesses but also colds and flu.
But also when we get a cold snap there is an Increase in fractures due to snow and ice, which also puts pressure on our A and E departments and hospital beds.
Normally NHS England South West is given its winter money now, but this year it was provided by the Government in April so health managers have been able to plan earlier.
NHS England South West says this year health and social care services have been joined up so there will not be as many bed blocking situations like we've seen in previous years.
Health managers in the west have insisted they can cope this winter after last year's unprecedented demand.Read the full story ›
More than half a million people in the South West are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, says NHS England.
In Somerset, as many as 12% of people are at risk of the disease.
The NHS' figures are based on a rise in high blood sugar levels.