Category Public Health

Mental Health Awareness Week – Niki’s story

Niki Shaw, Adult Social Care Strategic Manager at Somerset County Council, shares her story about harrowing events that shaped her lockdown, the anxiety that came with it and the methods she used to cope with it: Let’s be honest – 2020 wasn’t great, was it? For any of us. I remember standing around a glowing, […]

Assisted rapid testing for people without symptoms of covid-19 now available in local pharmacies

People in Somerset will have access to assisted covid-19 testing from today (Saturday 1 May) as the county takes another important step in the roadmap out of lockdown. Somerset’s Director of Public Health is encouraging everyone to access free, regular, rapid Covid-19 testing. This regular testing is for people who do not have symptoms of […]

Over 1m second vaccination doses delivered in the South West

Over one million people in the South West have now received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This milestone comes as the number of people in the region who have received their first dose tops three million. The second vaccine around 12 weeks later maximises protection against COVID-19 infection. Regional Director of NHSE/I South […]

One year on – a day to reflect and remember

A minute’s silence will be held by Somerset County Council to mark a National Day of Reflection, remembering those who sadly lost their lives during the pandemic and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved. Initiated by end of life charity Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection is due to take place […]

Somerset Coronavirus reflection page

This page is a permanent memorial and place of reflection dedicated to everyone we have lost to Coronavirus. We honour their memory – they will forever be with us in the hearts of those they left behind. Feel free to share your photos, stories, names or to reflect on your experiences through the Coronavirus pandemic. […]

Director of Public Health encourages all households with school age children to regularly COVID-19 test

Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council, urges all Somerset families and households with children to start to take a free Covid-test twice every week. Each person in a Somerset household with primary, secondary and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, are encouraged to test themselves at home twice every […]

Somerset’s Open Mental Health alliance shortlisted for prestigious national award

The alliance – called Open Mental Health – has made the final of the widely acclaimed Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value awards in the category of ‘public and preventative health service redesign initiative’…

More than 200,000 vaccinations offered in Somerset

The latest national figures confirm that 20 million people across the country have now been offered the COVID jab. Locally, the NHS vaccination programme in Somerset has also reached a new milestone, with over 200,000 vaccinations given to people in the highest priority groups. Health and care teams have continued to work extremely hard to […]

Volunteers step up to help with vaccine roll out

Somerset County Council and the NHS have paid tribute to all the fantastic volunteers supporting Somerset’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. More than 1,000 people have answered the call supporting 20 vaccination sites across the county including community-based locations, hospital hubs, some GP surgeries and large vaccination centres at Taunton Racecourse and the Bath & West Showground. […]

Call for People Aged 70 And Over To Contact NHS For A Covid Jab

People living in Somerset who are aged over 70 and haven’t had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or booked a vaccine appointment, can now book at one of our large vaccination centres or pharmacy-led sites through the national booking service.   Health and care teams across the county are working around the clock […]