Williton Window

Your community magazine

The Big Williton Poppy Knit 2022

Keep your poppies coming, hoping to make a huge red splash of colour in the Memorial Ground for November. We do have some red and black wool in the boxes on the doorsteps of 25 North Croft and 1 The Old Methodist Church, Tower Hill and more is on order.

If you need a pattern, we have two to knit and two to crochet which are below. You can download this PDF from this website. Any questions please do email me cllr.howes@willitonpc.org.uk

Many thanks, Dawn-Lesley Howes


Here are two different knitted poppy patterns and two to crochet.

Knitted Poppies

For the best finish, knit with a Double Knit (DK yarn). The size of needle you choose will determine how big the poppy will be, but we recommend 3.5mm or 3.75mm (UK9).

If you have different yarn left in your stash, just use that and the appropriate needle size.

If you have any problems with any of the techniques in the poppy patterns – and you have access to the internet – you will find lots of tutorial videos on youtube.

1. Easy garter/knit stitch pattern for beginners

Colour A Red (one ball will make a lot of poppies!) Colour B Scrap of Black or a black button

Body of Poppy

Using Col A cast on 120 stitches. Rows 1-4 Knit

Row 5 Knit 3 stiches together across the row(40 stiches) Rows 6-9Knit

Row 10 Knit 2 stitches together across the row(20 stitches) Rows 11-14 Knit

Row 15 Knit 2 stitches together across the row(10 stitches) Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 20cm

Thread tail through yarn needle and slip all the remaining live stitches onto the yarn tail and pull tight. Pull around into a circle and then mattress stitch (or use whatever stitching you normally use) to seam for an invisible seam. Sew in ends.

Centre of Poppy

Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off. Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre. Or use a black or green button with 4 holes and sew to centre of poppy.

2. Easy ribbed poppy pattern

Colour A 1 ball red yarn (this will make a lot of poppies) Colour B Scrap of black yarn or black button

Body of Poppy

Using Col A Cast on 60 stitches

Row s1 –10 : K2, P2 across whole row(for a slightly smaller poppy do 8 rows of rib). Row 11 : Knit 2 stitches together across the row (30 stitches).

Row 12 : Slip 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together then pass the slip stitch over… repeat across the whole row (10 stitches).

Break off yarn with long tail and thread back through remaining stitches and pull tight. Join edges with mattress stitch

Centre of Poppy

Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off. Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre. Or use a black or green button with 4 holes and sew to centre of poppy.

Crocheted Poppies

You will need some red wool and a black button. Patterns

1. Three petal crochet poppy with 4.5mm hook

Ch 3, join with slst to form circle.

Ch 3, work 9 dc into the centre of the circle and join with slst. Work the three petals separately.

Petal 1.

Ch 3, work 1st dc into same st, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off.

Petal 2.

work 2 dc into last dc of previous petal, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off.

Work petal 3 as 2.

Sew all ends in and attach button in the centre.

2. Two petal crochet poppy

Rnd 1: With 3mm hook and wool, ch2. Make 10dc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a slst in 1st dc. (10sts)

Rnd 2: *ch1 dc ch1 2tr in next st, 3tr in next st, 2tr ch1 dc in next st, slst in next 2sts. rep from * once again.

Rnd 3: *ch1 3dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next 5sts, 3dc in next 2 sts,slst in next 2sts. rep from

* once again. Fasten off.

Attach button in the centre.

Stitch explanation

st(s) = stitch (es)

ch = chain rep=repeat

dc = double crochet rnd=round

htr = half treble crochet slst = slip stitch

r = row tr = treble crochet


The Minor Injury Unit (MIU) located at Minehead Community Hospital will temporarily close overnight, from 9pm until 8am, for four months from Thursday 1 July. The service will remain open from 8am – 9pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Dr Matt Hayman, Deputy Medical Director for Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The MIU in Minehead is one of seven across Somerset and they provide a valuable service in our county treating approximately 105,000 people a year. The Minehead MIU is the only one that is open overnight and we have concerns about the safety of the service which is why we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the unit overnight for four months.

“We need to take the time to review the service and work with partners and patient and public representatives to look at how we address those safety concerns, quantify and meet the overnight needs of the local area within our available resources, and propose a way forward that is both safe and operationally robust. We will monitor the impact of the overnight closure monthly and report back on our progress to look at options for providing an alternative, safe and operationally robust service.”

During the daytime and evening hours (predominantly from 8am – 9pm) all of the MIUs in Somerset provide a full clinical service led by emergency nurse practitioners and supported by other clinicians such as specialist physiotherapists and paramedic practitioners. Working together they provide a full clinical service. 96% of those who seek treatment at an MIU in Somerset receive all the treatment, support and advice they need on their first visit and do not need to come back or be referred for treatment elsewhere.

The MIU in Minehead is the only one that is open overnight. From 9pm until 8am the service that is offered is different. It is staffed by one paramedic and one healthcare assistant. The overnight paramedic primarily acts as a care navigator, they are not a senior clinical decision maker and therefore unable to assess, treat and discharge patients independently.

This means that patients attending the Minehead MIU overnight receive appropriate first aid if that is needed and are advised to either return for a detailed assessment and treatment the following day or are referred to the Emergency Department at Musgrove Park Hospital. As a result, the majority of patients who attend the Minehead MIU overnight need to return the following day or are referred elsewhere.

While the MIU in Minehead provides a well-used service during the day, it is used much less overnight. The average number of patients seen overnight by a paramedic over the last 3-years is less than one patient a night (0.9) on average.

Dr Hayman said: “While this is not an optimal experience for our patients we are also concerned about the safety of the service. It can have serious consequences for patients if treatment for conditions like heart attacks, strokes, major trauma, asthma, sepsis and wounds is delayed. During the day, if a patient attends an MIU with one of these conditions, the senior clinicians working there are able to initiate a range of treatments before the patient is quickly transferred to an Emergency Department. Overnight at the Minehead MIU this is not the case and there have been three examples in the last three years when patient outcomes were compromised because of a delay in receiving treatment at an Emergency Department.”

The overnight service at the MIU in Minehead is also operationally fragile. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust employs two paramedics to run the service, but, because of the low number of staff, the unit is forced to close overnight at short notice when colleagues are ill or take annual leave, or leave. It is very difficult to recruit to the overnight paramedic roles, partly because it is difficult for them to maintain their skills and competencies working in a service which sees such a small number of patients.

If you have a minor injury or you’re unwell, NHS 111 will make sure you get the right help from the right service. For serious and life-threatening conditions, call 999.


15 June 2021 – Critical care unit extension opens to patients this week

More patients than ever before can be cared for at Musgrove Park Hospital’s critical care unit thanks to a brand new extension that opened this week.

The new area, called ‘Pod 3’, replaces an older theatre in the hospital’s Old Building. It has six side rooms and will increase the number of critical care beds at the hospital from 12 to 16.

A critical care unit is a specialist hospital ward that treats patients who are seriously ill and need constant monitoring. These patients might, for example, have problems with one or more vital organ or be unable to breathe without support.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Musgrove Park Hospital, is committed to delivering the right care for our patients, in the right place, and at the right time.

The trust is transforming the older parts of the hospital to provide the best possible environments for our patients and our colleagues. Musgrove Park Hospital was originally built during the Second World War as a temporary casualty evacuation hospital for the D-Day landings and the Old Building, which houses the operating theatres, maternity unit and critical care, is part of the original hospital and is among the oldest NHS estate in the country.

The opening of Pod 3 is the latest development for the trust’s ‘Musgrove 2030’ programme – developing state-of-art buildings which offer patients safe, effective and personalised care, based on the most advanced treatments, technology, and innovations in healthcare.

Dr Fiona Dempsey, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust’s clinical lead for critical care, said:

“Colleagues in our critical care unit consistently provide our patients with excellent care, but the lack of physical space in the existing unit means the environment they work in is far from ideal.

“While we’re very much looking forward to the opening of our new surgical centre in 2024, which will include a 22-bedded critical care unit, we have felt for a while that we needed additional capacity sooner than that.

“This became even more evident during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when we cared for large numbers of patients, which meant we needed to turn our general theatres into a temporary critical care area.

“There are so many benefits to us opening Pod 3, not least being able to access side rooms,

which has always been a challenge with our existing unit. This will also make it easier for us to clinically isolate patients when we need to for infection prevention and control reasons – which has been particularly important during the pandemic.

“The new area also gives our patients a better experience as every bed is overlooked by a window, giving them natural light, which can greatly help with their recovery.”

Somerset patients lead the way in ground-breaking oxygen trial

Patients being cared for at Musgrove Park Hospital’s critical care unit are taking part in a ground-breaking clinical trial.

The study, called UK-ROX, is being run by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) and funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

It aims to find out what level of oxygen best aids a person’s recovery.

It’s being run at over 100 NHS trusts in the country – and the first four UK patients signed up to the trial were cared for by our trust, at Musgrove Park Hospital.

Each year, around 184,000 patients are admitted to NHS critical care units, and about one in three need help with their breathing using a ventilator.

Giving oxygen through the ventilator is an essential part of treatment, but we don’t currently know how much oxygen should be given to patients to optimise their recovery. Both too much and too little oxygen may cause harm.

The concentration of oxygen given through the ventilator is adjusted according to how much oxygen can be detected in a patient’s blood. This is known as oxygen saturation. Some studies have shown that having a lower, rather than higher, oxygen saturation may be beneficial for patients unwell in hospital.

The UK-ROX study aims to find out whether using a lower level of oxygen during treatment might lead to better outcomes for patients, when compared with the approach currently used in the NHS when treating patients on a ventilator.

How it works

Patients are randomly assigned to either:

· the conservative group (low to normal levels of oxygen)

· or usual oxygen therapy group (normal to high levels of oxygen).

We follow all patients up to 90 days later, by linking study data with routinely collected national records.

We hope to find out whether conservative oxygen therapy was more effective than usual oxygen therapy, by comparing patient outcomes in each group at 90 days following their admission to our critical care unit.

Dr Richard Innes, one of our intensive care consultants and principal investigator for the trial at Somerset FT, said:

“The idea of UK-ROX is primarily to investigate whether keeping a critically unwell patient’s oxygen level at a relatively normal or low level is better for them than raising the level higher.

“There is some evidence that suggests that giving high levels of oxygen to a critically unwell patient produces certain chemicals that are potentially dangerous to patients, causing worse outcomes for them.

“The study will compare the two levels of oxygenation so we can once and for all answer the question as to what oxygen level we should run our patients at when they are critically ill.

“It’s a huge study that will hopefully recruit 16,500 patients across the UK and will go hand in hand with two similar studies in Australia and the United States. Depending on the results, it could result in a significant change in practice for the first time in a generation.

“We’re very proud to have recruited the first four patients in the UK and it really is a testament to our excellent team of research nurses, as well as how they have gone the extra mile to embed research on our critical care unit.

“The study relies on the engagement of our critical care unit colleagues. Our team of research nurses, Trish Doble, Charmaine Shovelton and Rebecca Purnell, have been working tirelessly to train up clinicians on the unit to be able to recruit patients to the trial – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“They also created a clinical resource pack for critical care colleagues to use for reference when recruiting a patient.

“This has been really successful so far and we were delighted to hear three patients had been signed up to the trial over the first weekend by our critical care team – it’s a real reflection on how well research has become embedded in our unit and the care we give to our patients.”

For more information about the UK-ROX trial, go to the ICNARC website: https://www.icnarc.org/Our-Research/Studies/Uk-Rox

For more information about clinical research at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, go to our website: https://www.somersetft.nhs.uk/clinical-research/

This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme (project number: NIHR130508). The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the HTA Programme, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.

· At Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, we’re currently taking part in 165 active clinical trials.

· Almost 4,500 of our patients are taking part in current clinical trials

· A further 2,500 of Somerset F patients are being followed


Musgrove Park Hospital to get £4.4 million dedicated eye theatre suite


People in Somerset are set to benefit from improved access to eye care thanks to a brand new £4.4 million ophthalmic theatre suite set to open at Musgrove Park Hospital.

The new suite is in addition to Musgrove 2030 – an ambitious programme to transform the hospital’s facilities and ensure people are cared for in the right place to meet their health needs.

It will mean consultant eye surgeons at the hospital will be able to perform many more operations every week.

Mr Ed Herbert, consultant ophthalmologist at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to improve the service we can offer. The eye unit is the busiest department at Musgrove Park Hospital, carrying out over 3,000 operations every year and providing nearly 50,000 outpatient appointments.

“Historically there has always been a greater demand for surgery than we can meet, leading to long waiting times.

“With new social distancing requirements in place, as well as reduced theatre availability, our ophthalmology patients have inevitably needed to wait longer than we’d wish for a procedure. These new facilities will give greater capacity with the aim of reducing waiting times.”

The suite is being constructed off site as a modular build, complete with all the equipment inside, which means it can be lifted into place with limited disruption to the hospital site.

It will have dedicated changing rooms and private waiting area, as well as rooms for anaesthetists and surgeons to speak confidentially to, and examine, patients before their operation.

Patients will also be able to access the unit direct from the car park without needing to walk through the main hospital building.

This new suite is in addition to a new outpatient macular and glaucoma hub being developed at Chard Hospital, which together will help patients get the excellent eye care they need, in a timely way.

Mr Pradeep Madhavan, orthopaedic consultant at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“This new unit will be a modern facility that will allow ophthalmic patients to continue with their surgical treatment safely and in time without being unduly affected by conditions in the rest of the hospital and community.

“The project is moving at pace and is a tribute to the team spirit within the department of ophthalmology and expertise and leadership in various parts of our NHS trust.”

Approval for the development is subject to planning permission and Somerset West and Taunton Council will consider this at its planning meeting in early summer.