Author Archives: D Porter

Somerset’s first patient receives the COVID-19 vaccine, as NHS vaccination programme is launched.

Following the very first deliveries of the approved Pfizer vaccine, the Somerset-wide COVID-19 vaccination programme for those in the highest priority groups, has begun at Yeovil Hospital, as part of the biggest vaccination programme in history. The hospital is part of the initial wave of 50 hospital hubs, announced last weekend that is providing the […]

Domestic abuse – help is still available

‘Don’t suffer behind closed doors’ – that is the message from Somerset County Council, who are working closely with partners to make sure services continue during the new lockdown. The Council’s domestic abuse campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, is spreading the message that restrictions imposed because of the pandemic may heighten tension and increase domestic abuse – for […]

Remain vigilant after Somerset Coronavirus cases increase

Somerset’s Director of Public Health urges everyone to remain vigilant and continue following government guidance after Somerset sees an increase in Coronavirus cases. This comes after the Government announced earlier this week new rules around the number of people meeting in England as cases rise nationally. From Monday 14 September, there will be a ban […]

Take a break with Dry January

Drinkers are encouraged to take a break from the booze this January – and have a dry one. Somerset County Council is backing ‘Dry January’, the national campaign led by Alcohol Change UK which aims to encourage drinkers to give up alcohol for the month and reset their relationship. During Dry January last year, 88 […]

Age is no protection!

Latest figures reveal Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV in Somerset are on the increase – and Somerset County Council is reminding everyone this World Aids Day (1 December) that ‘age is no protection’. Somerset has seen an increase year on year in the number of people being diagnosed with HIV. The County does not […]

Somerset school children help fight flu

Somerset primary school children are well on their way to helping fight flu after hundreds of children across the County have now been vaccinated. For the first time, the flu vaccination is being offered to all school children in primary schools, from reception to year 6, and all children in special schools. For most people […]

#16Days of action to help combat domestic abuse

Somerset County Council is backing a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence in a bid to end it. Sixteen Days of Action against domestic abuse started this week (Monday 25 November) and runs until Monday 10 December. Working with partners, including health and police professionals, the Council wants to raise awareness of domestic […]

Don’t let your tipple topple your health

Many of us enjoy a tipple or two, but Somerset County Council and health partners are encouraging everyone this Alcohol Awareness Week (11 to 17 Nov) to know their limits and get everyone thinking and talking about their drinking. This week’s theme is ‘Alcohol and me’ and aims to raise awareness of the health risks […]

‘Every Mind Matters’ – how’s yours?

Somerset residents experiencing anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping are encouraged to visit a new ‘Every Mind Matters’ website to empower them to take action to manage and improve their mental health. Somerset County Council and local NHS partners are delighted to support Public Health England’s launch of this innovative self-help website (www.healthysomerset.co.uk), which […]

Funding available to help older people remain active and connected

The Active Living Programme provides small grants of up to £2,000 to grass roots community groups and local charities that promote and help older people in their community to stay physically and mentally active in later life – but there’s not long left: the deadline to apply is Monday 21 October. The grants have been […]