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Hamdon Medical Centre ‘flu vaccinations


This years ‘flu vaccinations will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for patients that are in an ‘At Risk’ group including all patients aged 65 years and over and those with a chronic disease (such as heart, lung, liver or neurological disease). Patients who have diabetes, a weak immune system, that are pregnant, seriously overweight or are carers are also entitled to a ‘flu vaccination together with Health and social care staff who work in registered care/nursing homes and registered domiciliary care providers (care agencies).

To book an appointment please ring 01935 827003 or 01935 827004 between 9.00am and 10.30am or 4.30pm and 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
Lines will be open from 16 September 2019.

If you have a pre-booked appointment with a Nurse or Technician from the end of September you can request to have your ‘flu jab at this appointment.

If you are housebound and cannot attend the surgery (friends, relatives and taxis are unable to bring you), please contact the surgery as above.


January 2020

News from your Village Agent

A Very Happy New Year and New Decade – Welcome to 2020!

Winter time can make driving tricky with icy roads, floods, potholes and wet leaves. We have many deep ditches on the sides of our roads which fill with icy water at this time of year – not a pleasant place to be trapped in your car!

The AA have got great tips on how to drive through a flood and in ice so do look it up. I have included a few preparation tips. https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/seasonal/winter

  • Remember to pack a coat and strong shoes throughout the winter. You may get stuck in the snow, flood or mud and need to walk home! Enough petrol, a blanket and water are useful for motorway journeys, just in case you get stuck in long queues.
  • Clear snow from the roof – it can fall onto the windscreen and block your view.
  • Replace worn or damaged wiper blades.
  • Keep number plates clean, to avoid fines.
  • Use a cigarette lighter to warm a key for a frozen lock.

Some of you may have seen the team from the CCG at some of our Talking Cafes and Roadshows lately. They have been joining our agents to give out some key messages to help us stay healthy at home this winter. Below are some helpful tips aimed especially at people who care for others but useful for everyone too!

Ten Top Tips for to help keep us in good health this winter

  1. Pressure ulcers often start in the home. If you notice a red spot that doesn’t
    blanch when you press it it could be the start of a pressure ulcer.
  2. Do not rub the areas of red skin and this could cause a breakdown of skin.
  3. Rubber rings can create areas of increased pressure not prevent them.
  4. If incontinence products are used try to not multilayer them as this could increase the risk of pressure ulcers occurring.
  5. When moving out of bed try not to ruck up sheets or bedding which could drag on the skin.
  6. Where possible, reposition or move regularly to avoid prolonged periods of high pressure.
  7. Remember that dehydration does not only occur in the summer. When we turn the heating on we still need to keep hydrated.
  8. Keeping properly hydrated helps to prevent against Urinary Tract Infections.
  9. Incontinence issues? Try switching to decaffeinated drinks but switch over slowly to allow the body to get used to the withdrawal of caffeine. Keep drinking at regular intervals during the day as this can actually help with incontinence issues.
  10. Remember good hand hygiene can help prevent against bugs and infections. Infectious illnesses, like ‘flu and norovirus, (the’ winter vomiting bug’), are very common at this time of year and whilst the fit and healthy can recover quickly from their symptoms, the elderly and those living with long term conditions are particularly vulnerable and can become quite ill. Good personal hygiene, like washing your hands with soap and water after going to the toilet and before preparing food for others is an essential way to reduce the spread of unpleasant illnesses to friends and family.


I support unpaid carers in South East Somerset to connect them with community resources, support groups and personal support around benefits and allowances. We also have a new team of Community Agents and Village Agents in South Somerset providing those in Somerset’s rural communities with easier access to information and services. They help to bridge the gap between isolated, excluded, vulnerable and lonely individuals and statutory and/or voluntary organisations which offer specific solutions to identified needs. We can offer advice on support, local groups and activities available in your community. Please visit www.somersetrcc.org.uk and www.somersetcarers.org or call me on 07968521746 or email cath@somersetrcc.org.uk to find out who can advise you.




We wanted to say a big “thank you” to the village now our project is finally getting started and we have our own place. We are just beginning the work to change the Methodist church into our very own Youth Centre. It’s going to be lots of hard work but really exciting!

Stoke is such a great place to live and grow up in, and we are very proud to be part of it. Thank you for making this happen!

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