Category Public Health

Board backs Somerset Local Outbreak Management Plan

Somerset’s Local Outbreak Management Plan, setting out how the County Council and partners, will prevent and react to local coronavirus outbreaks, has been formally endorsed. Somerset Local Outbreak Engagement Board held its first meeting on Friday 31 July when members considered and backed the plan and its approach. The Board heard that Somerset cases continue […]

Immunisation programme restarts to keep secondary school children protected

Young people will continue to be protected against infection and disease as school age immunisation resumes for year eight and year nine students in the South West. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools were closed and community clinics cancelled, which meant that eligible secondary students were unable to receive their routine vaccinations against Human Papillomavirus […]

Somerset’s Public Health advise Burnham on Sea’s Businesses at Chamber meeting

Public health officials have been working with businesses in Burnham-on-Sea to give advice on how to react to a positive or suspected Covid-19 case at their premises. This comes as a second positive case has recently been identified in the town. These cases are not thought at this time to be linked. Somerset’s Public Health […]

Remember to be #tickaware

Anyone planning a trip to the great outdoors is encouraged to be #tickaware as warmer weather heightens the risk of tick bites. More people are expected to be enjoying Somerset’s countryside, parks and gardens with the further easing of Coronavirus restrictions and the start of the summer holidays. Ticks like the warmer weather as much […]

Chat ‘health’ online with Public Health Nursing

Young people, parents and carers can now ‘chat health’ with school nurses or health visitors thanks to a simple new text messaging service. Somerset’s Public Health Nursing service has boosted its health and wellbeing advice with the launch of ‘ChatHealth’, an award-winning digital NHS approved platform. ChatHealth allows Public Health Nursing teams across the country […]

Council’s campaign spreads awareness of elder abuse

Latest figures reveal that ten per cent of older people will experience some form of abuse from those around them – with social isolation identified as one of the leading factors. In a week which includes the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and at a time when more older people are isolating due to […]

Somerset leaders urge people to take action, to minimise the spread of coronavirus

Health and care organisations from across Somerset have joined together to remind people to follow Government social distancing rules to minimise the increase of positive cases of coronavirus across communities. The warning comes as new figures show the rate of transmission of the virus – known as the “R value” for the south west has […]

Coronavirus Public Health Messages – on the Road

Vital public health messages are going mobile in Somerset as Somerset County Council uses its fleet of highways vehicles to spread the word about some of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. From this week, around 29 Council vans will be seen around the Yeovil, Taunton, Minehead, Glastonbury and Bridgwater areas sporting […]

Remain ‘Alert’ to keep Somerset’s COVID-19 rates low

Somerset residents are urged to continue to follow Public Health guidance after new COVID-19 data released shows the infection rate in the County remains low compared to other areas. As of 27 May 2020, the Office of National Statistics show there were 672 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Somerset with 147 individuals sadly losing their […]

Somerset pharmacies offer a safe place for victims of domestic abuse

People experiencing domestic abuse are now able to access local support through Somerset pharmacies thanks to a joint local initiative. Somerset County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Local Pharmaceutical Council have been working with pharmacies across the county to arrange for their consulting rooms to be available as a safe place, where anybody […]