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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 […]

Healthcare workers urged to get FREE flu jab

Last year saw high numbers of flu outbreaks in care homes, and Somerset County Council is urging all health and social care staff to receive their flu vaccination to protect the most vulnerable people in our community. The County Council is asking care homes to Encourage ALL staff to take up the free flu vaccine […]

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 […]

Stay well and winter-fit

Recent falling temperatures remind us that winter is coming – and Somerset County Council and health partners urge everyone to take simple steps to prepare and stay well during the coldest months of the year. To help everyone ‘keep well, stay well’ this winter, Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health, Trudi Grant and Dr […]

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 […]

Pilot scheme puts social care in A&E

A pioneering pilot scheme to help ease the pressures on NHS resources this winter is being spearheaded by Somerset County Council and local NHS partners. Starting in the next few months, the trial will see the authority base a social worker in the A&E departments at the county’s two major hospitals – Musgrove Park in […]

Lest we forget . . .

  As Somerset prepares for Remembrance Sunday, local health and care leaders are taking the opportunity to remind us of the support and assistance available to those who have served and their families. Dr Ed Ford, Chair of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, said: “Somerset has a long and proud association with the […]

Breastfeeding: Going for gold

Somerset County Council is setting its sights on gold in recognition of the countywide achievements in promoting and supporting breastfeeding mums. Somerset’s Public Health Nursing Team have again been accredited with Unicef’s Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) standard 3 – and the authority now wants to go one step further and achieve gold, the highest Unicef […]