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Clarence Park Health Walk

by mikebell on 27 August, 2017

Walking is a great way to get active, as it’s free and you can start with a low fitness level and build up gradually. Walking groups meet regularly and there are a number of organised health walks led by trained volunteers, lasting between 30-90 minutes. They are the ideal first step for anyone wanting to […]

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World Health Day: Depression – Let’s Talk

by mikebell on 7 April, 2017

Friday 7th April is World Health Day and this year it’s focused on mental health. I’m backing the ‘Depression: Let’s Talk’ campaign because it’s time we had a proper talk about depression. One in four people in the UK will suffer with poor mental health at some point in their life. In fact the World […]

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Up to 40% live in poverty in Weston-super-Mare

by mikebell on 22 February, 2017

Authorities are ‘failing’ people in Weston town centre, a councillor has claimed after ‘shocking’ statistics revealed four in 10 households are living in poverty. An Office for National Statistics (ONS) report has revealed the true extent of inequality in Weston, with 39.5 per cent of homes living on the breadline. Central ward councillor Mike Bell […]

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Weston’s GP services have been plunged into a ‘crisis’, with many patients unable to see the same doctor twice and surgeries pushed to the brink financially – while the organisation which could fix the problem stands accused of ignoring the town. Campaigners say there are not enough GPs in the town centre to meet ever-increasing […]

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Foodbanks across the West of England have teamed up with their local councils to offer anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust’s Eat Well, Spend Less cookery and budgeting courses to local people. This is part of a campaign to promote the national Love Food Hate Waste message across the area to tackle the amount of food […]

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Get active with free exercise sessions

by mikebell on 25 August, 2016

Adults living in Weston-super-Mare can apply for a Go4Free activity card allowing them to access up to 20 free and half-price visits at local sport and exercise sessions. There are over 75 to choose from. Classes include yoga, pilates, circuits, spin, aqua aerobics and many more. If stepping straight into a class makes you nervous […]

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Another doctors’ surgery to close?

by mikebell on 15 June, 2016

Stafford Place Surgery could close its doors soon – leading to fears that hundreds of people could be affected by a lack of town centre medical care. The Stafford Medical Group – which runs both Stafford Place and Locking Castle Medical Centre – wants to consolidate the practice by only operating from Locking Castle. However, […]

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A Weston-super-Mare councillor says he is ‘concerned’ about healthcare in the town and has called for services to be ‘urgently strengthened’. It has been widely reported that GP surgeries have been ‘stretched’ in recent years and concerns have been raised, with tens of thousands of people set to move into new homes in the town, […]

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‘Worrying’ alcohol misuse

by mikebell on 1 May, 2016

North Somerset needs ‘extra help’ to combat alcoholism, it has been claimed, after new figures revealed a ‘worrying’ number of people receive disability benefits due to alcohol misuse. The number of people in the district who claim incapacity payments or employment and support allowance with alcohol misuse listed as the main disabling condition is almost […]

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‘Bed blocking’ costs NHS in North Somerset

by mikebell on 15 January, 2016

New figures have highlighted the problem of NHS ‘bed blocking’ in North Somerset. So-called bed blocking figures (delayed discharge from hospital) show that at the end of October there were 34 people stuck in hospital beds in North Somerset, despite being well enough to be discharged or transferred to social care. The official NHS figures […]

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