Author Archives: Gill Ohlson

Make every sleep safer for babies

Somerset parents, grandparents and carers are advised to take steps to keep babies safe from harm every time they go to sleep. The advice is offered as part of the annual ‘Safer Sleep Week’, organised by the Lullaby Trust (12th-18th March 2018).  The awareness week aims to make sure people know the importance of safer […]

Think self-care for minor illness or ailments

Somerset’s urgent and emergency health services continue to be under pressure due to the severe weather conditions and are prioritising support to the most urgent and seriously ill people today. Members of the public are asked not to telephone the 999-ambulance service unless they or a family member are experiencing a serious, life-threatening emergency. Yesterday […]

Stay safe and well in severe weather

Take extra care and look out for others during the cold and icy weather, Somerset County Council urges as the Met Office issues a Level 3 cold weather alert for the South West. The alert is triggered when there is a 99% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow over the next few days, which […]

Get the right NHS treatment

The NHS in Somerset is urging members of the public to get the right treatment and avoid telephoning for a 999 ambulance or visiting busy district hospital Accident and Emergency Departments with only minor illness or ailments. The advice comes as the county’s district hospitals in Taunton and Yeovil have been experiencing exceptionally high demand, […]

E-Learning Course Launches to Improve Adult Oral Health

Somerset County Council is encouraging anyone supporting adults to complete a new free online course to help improve adult oral health.  The adult oral health course is one of a series of two modules from the Somerset County Council Learning Centre.  It aims to inform anyone in a supporting or caring role in Somerset, either […]

‘Time to Talk’ comes to Somerset

Somerset County Council is proud to support a range of ‘Time To Talk’ events co-ordinated across Somerset by charity MIND in Taunton and West Somerset. The awareness day (Thursday 1st February 2018) funded by Somerset County Council is part of a nationwide push to change how we all think and act about mental health and […]

Catch it, Kill it, Bin it!

As cold and flu cases rise health experts say “Stop the spread of flu germs. Use a tissue and wash your hands thoroughly.” Somerset’s public health advisors and family doctors are reminding friends, family and work colleagues to play their part in reducing the spread of flu this winter. Public Health England has re-launched their […]

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 […]