Category Public Health

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 […]

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, […]

Cabinet gives Family Support Service the green light

Councillors today gave the green light to plans for a new Family Support Service in Somerset. The County Council’s Cabinet approved two recommendations that pave the way for a new service that aims to make support for families and children as accessible as possible for those who need it most. The decisions follow public consultation […]

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 […]

Somerset Mental Wellbeing service launched

A new service to support good mental health in Somerset is launched today (15 Jan). Somerset County Council is introducing the Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service (SMWS)  in partnership with Compass Disability Services . It will help people maintain and improve their mental wellbeing by developing support networks, increasing independence and helping them make use of […]

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 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 […]

Connect at Christmas

A list of Somerset events and activities to tackle loneliness over the festive season is now online. Backed by Somerset County Council, it has been pulled together by the Community Council for Somerset, and highlights activities that anyone can join in over Christmas and New Year. From carol services to coffee mornings, lunch clubs to […]

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 […]