Category Public Health

Only book a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms

‘Only book a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms’, says Chair of Somerset’s Local Coronavirus Engagement Board as demand for tests surge nationally. Local Coronavirus testing sites are up and running across Somerset, but demand for slots is increasing with 7000 people tested in Somerset last week alone. Test sites are commissioned by the Department […]

Know what to do if your child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms

  A new ‘Somerset Covid Checker’ launches this week to support parents in knowing what actions to take if their child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms. Somerset’s Coronavirus Engagement Board launched the new ‘Covid Checker’ to help parents know what to do if their child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms, tests positive, someone in their […]

Remain vigilant after Somerset Coronavirus cases increase

Somerset’s Director of Public Health urges everyone to remain vigilant and continue following government guidance after Somerset sees an increase in Coronavirus cases. This comes after the Government announced earlier this week new rules around the number of people meeting in England as cases rise nationally. From Monday 14 September, there will be a ban […]

National acclaim for Public Health Nursing’s virtual support during lockdown

Somerset’s Public Health Nursing service has been nationally acclaimed by the Institute for Health Visiting. A case study published nationally documents the innovative online support developed by the Somerset County Council service during lockdown – a time when face-to-face appointments were no longer possible. Health Visitors, who as part of their role visit new parents […]

Car sharing: follow the golden rules

Commuters planning to car share as they head back to work are being advised to follow the golden rules to keep them and their passengers protected from coronavirus. People should limit sharing their car to people within their household or social bubble. But if that’s impossible they should: ·         share the transport with the same […]

Take extra care in hot weather

With hot weather forecast this weekend Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family and friends and neighbours – and follow COVID-19  (coronavirus) advice. Wearing face coverings and PPE in hot conditions can be uncomfortable but is no less important and must still be worn correctly.  Drink plenty […]

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 […]