Category Public Health

Enjoy festive gatherings whilst staying Covid-Safe  

Businesses and residents are urged to enjoy but plan Covid safe Christmas get-togethers this festive season. With Covid rates still high across the County, Somerset County Council’s Public Health leaders are reminding everyone to think about how they can enjoy the festivities, whilst still taking simple measures to help control the spread of Coronavirus. Everyone […]

Pop-up walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics being held across Somerset this weekend

Walk-in clinics are taking place across Somerset this weekend – giving local people more opportunities to get their COVID-19 jabs. Professor Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health for Somerset County Council, said: “The vaccination remains the best form of defence that we have against covid, and I would urge anyone who is yet to receive […]

10 top tips to stay well this winter

With covid still very much in circulation, it is as important as ever to look after your health this winter.

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is urging everyone to think ahead and consider others, such as neighbours and close relatives, and put things in place now to protect their health.

Regular Covid-19 testing remains key during winter

Somerset’s Public Health leaders are reminding everyone to think about regular testing to help stop the spread of covid as we approach the festive period. About 1 in 3 people with covid do not have symptoms but can still infect others with the virus. Parents or carers of a school or college age child, health, […]

Sober after a twenty-year addiction

“I would encourage others to reach out to Turning Point. It’s about being honest with yourself and recognising you have a problem…” Steve talks about the impact of twenty-years of drinking, being honest about his problem and the support that he had to finally quit.     Thirty-five-year-old Steve has drunk since he was fifteen years […]

10 top tips to help reduce your alcohol consumption

Living through a pandemic has been difficult for all of us, and in a time of extraordinary change and uncertainty many people drunk alcohol to help manage stress, anxiety and depression.  It has been said that drinking is the UK’s favourite coping mechanism. However, alcohol is an unhealthy coping strategy in a time when adopting […]

Help is at hand if alcohol affects relationships

Somerset County Council is joining organisations across the UK to raise awareness of the ways in which alcohol can affect people and their relationships. In support of this year’s Alcohol Awareness week, 15 – 21 November, Somerset County Council is highlighting the impact that alcohol can have on relationships – encouraging people to talk and […]

Somerset Public Health Leaders urge caution and care at Remembrance Day services

Remembrance services and parades will soon be taking place across the county to mark Armistice Day on Thursday 11 November, and Remembrance Sunday on 14 November. This year also marks the centenary of the Royal British Legion, and with services unable to take place last year due to coronavirus restrictions, Public Health Leaders across Somerset […]

Call for more Covid Community Champions as Somerset cases remain high

As Covid-19 cases remain high in Somerset, there is a renewed call for people to step forward and become Covid Community Champions. The Covid Community Champion Network has been going from strength to strength since it was first launched in October last year. There are now well over 100 trained Champions across Somerset, sharing messages […]

Somerset Public Health Leaders urge Covid-safe behaviour over Half Term

This week marks the start of half term for the majority of Somerset schools, and with coronavirus case numbers still high across Somerset, Public Health leaders want to remind people that half term does not mean half measures when it comes to safety. People are encouraged to enjoy half term sensibly and take very simple […]