Author Archives: Gill Ohlson

Help yourself and your NHS this winter

Somerset County Council’s Public Health and NHS teams are reminding Somerset residents that getting your flu jab  and self-care are still the best way to stay well this winter. Winter is a particularly busy time for the NHS so to help alleviate pressure on the local NHS, Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health is […]

Somerset’s GPs remind public to celebrate safely this New Year

Self-care, a local pharmacist or NHS 111 is best for minor illness or ailments and don’t drink and drive. GPs, nurses and paramedics with Somerset’s urgent and emergency health services are appealing to members of the public to enjoy the New Year celebrations but stay safe and have a few simple remedies to hand for […]

Somerset domestic abuse service recognised as a national ‘Leading Light’

A Somerset specialist support service offering help and a safe place for anyone affected by domestic abuse has been awarded national quality accreditation by Safe Lives’ – the UK charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. The Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse (SIDAS) service, commissioned by Somerset County Council, and delivered by Knightstone Housing and Barnardo’s, joins […]

A busy festive season for Somerset Highways

Ensuring that the County’s roads were kept clear this festive session the Highways Team attended 33 incidents over the Christmas period. High winds on Christmas Day led to numerous tree falls, including at New Cross in South Petherton where 12 trees fell. Tree surgeons worked during Boxing Day to remove the debris and this was […]

£2m investment in autism support

Three new school autism centres are to open next year thanks to more than £2m of investment from Somerset County Council. Westover Green Community School in Bridgwater is set to open its new, 14-place facility in January after a £700,000 investment. Later in the year a similar base is due to be completed at Holway […]

Look, listen, ask and … ask again about domestic abuse

Anyone worried about a friend or family member they feel may be at risk of domestic abuse is being encouraged to call a confidential helpline for general advice on how to make a real difference. It’s all part of a new campaign by Somerset County Council launched this month, running for three months, which marks […]

Soap and water still the best protection against winter sickness bug

Somerset’s Public Health advisors and family doctors are reminding people that simple hand washing with soap is still an effective way to reduce your risk of getting the winter sickness called Norovirus. With the onset of winter and more people spending time indoors and in close proximity to each other, the virus has the ideal […]

Somerset Director of Public Health urges ‘at risk’ residents to get the jab now

Somerset County Council is supporting the Public Health England and NHS joint Stay Well This Winter campaign which launches in Somerset today with the national flu programme now available to all eligible people. The Stay Well This Winter campaign will help the most vulnerable people in Somerset prepare for winter and avoid having to visit […]

Somerset Libraries launch two new Wellbeing Zones

Somerset Libraries are launching two new Wellbeing Zones in Yeovil and Taunton libraries next week. The Wellbeing Zones, which have been part funded by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, will provide a dedicated space in the library for people to access a range of health and wellbeing information and services They have been specially […]

Dimmer landfill site fire extinguished

We are pleased to report that the fire at Dimmer landfill site near Castle Cary has now been extinguished. Somerset County Council has been working with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service and The Environment Agency on this incident. Smoke may still be visible so please find the following advice from Public Health England. […]