Category Coronavirus

Additional walk- in COVID vaccination clinics to run at Bath and West Showground this weekend for anyone aged 18 and over

Following the success of a special walk-in clinic at the large vaccination centre at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet last weekend, additional walk-in dates are now available. The second walk-in weekend special follows the latest Government announcement inviting anyone aged 18 and over to book their COVID vaccinations. All eligible adults who […]

Council leaders ‘Can Do’ attitude on Mental Health

Senior Somerset County Council staff took part in the ‘Can Do’ challenge this Men’s Health Week (14-20 June) in a bid to encourage others. The ‘Can Do’ challenge, launched by the Men’s Health Forum, is a great way to boost mental wellbeing. It combined the five days of the campaign with the five ways of […]

Men’s Health Awareness week – Dave Partlow’s story

As part of Men’s Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 June), Dave Partlow, Somerset County Council Adult Social Care Strategic Manager, talks about the emotional rollercoaster of working in high stress, frontline jobs, how he dealt with that pressure and his introduction to the Five Ways of Wellbeing – principles of support he was already […]

Coronavirus, caring and coping

As part of Carers Week Michael Wallis, Somerset County Council communications officer, talks about the challenges and the cheer of bringing up a child with Down Syndrome. I never really considered myself an unpaid carer, just a dad who happened to have a daughter that was disabled, but caring for my daughter is just what […]

Five things I’ve learnt offering bereavement support

Marie Curie Companion Andrew Wilcox has been supporting bereaved people across Somerset for years. Here he shares some reflections and lessons he’s learnt along the way: Grieving There are usually good and bad days, most people find the good days gradually outnumber the bad days, aided sometimes with a little help on the way. Silence […]

New Covid-19 Testing site opens in Brean

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for locals and holidaymakers at the Seagull Inn in Brean. The new testing site opened on Saturday, May 29 and is only available to those with Covid-19 symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or […]

£6m boost for Somerset’s economy

Somerset County Council has today announced details of a £6m package of funding to kickstart Somerset’s economy. The cash boost will include financial support for businesses, financial support for individuals and a range of other measures to stimulate the economy and boost the county as it recovers from coronavirus. Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for […]

“Fresh air is your friend” Bank Holiday message from Public Health Director

Somerset’s Director of Public Health Professor Trudi Grant has issued a message to Somerset residents in the lead up to the bank holiday weekend and half term break, encouraging people to enjoy Somerset with caution. In a video message posted on Somerset County Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, Professor Trudi Grant said a big thank […]

Feeling unwell? Choose Well this May bank holiday

Now that lockdown is easing and more of us are out and about, NHS services are very busy. You can help us, help you this May bank holiday by making sure you ‘Choose Well’ and if you are injured or unwell, use the health service that best meets your needs. This might be your local […]

Vaccination Buddies are here to help

People in Somerset who are feeling unsure about whether to have their Covid-19 vaccine are being encouraged to set up a call with a Vaccination Buddy. Vaccination Buddies are specially trained volunteers who are on hand to have supportive phone calls with people who have questions or concerns about getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Somerset County […]