Category Public Health

New Covid testing site in Bridgwater for those with symptoms

Omicron case numbers in the South-West are still very high, so people with symptoms in the Bridgwater area are being urged to use a newly opened PCR testing site in the town. The new walk-through coronavirus testing facility at the Old Hospital site, in the Salmon Parade car park, Bridgwater, TA6 5AH has opened for people to […]

8 Health benefits of doing Dry January 

One in six people are taking part in Dry January this month and will already be feeling the benefit of living alcohol free.  To keep everyone’s motivation up, Somerset County Council is sharing the top health benefits of giving booze the elbow for a month.  It’s not too late to start – just pick a day in January and then stop […]

Let fresh air in, to keep Covid out!

One of the key ways of helping to reduce Covid-19, including the Omicron variant, spreading in our communities, schools and workplaces is to make sure they are well ventilated. Covid-19 is an airborne disease, which means it is spread through the air, especially in indoor spaces. When infected people breathe out, tiny Covid-19 particles remain […]

Let’s make ‘Blue Monday’ Magnificent Monday

Somerset County Council is dispelling the myth that the third Monday in January is the most difficult day of the year and are encouraging everyone to make it magnificent. Post-Christmas bills, faltering New Year expectations, short days and bad weather have all contributed to the day being branded ‘Blue Monday’. The Samaritans have organised ‘Brew […]

Changes to Coronavirus testing rules

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for Coronavirus will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have symptoms of covid-19. However, anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main Covid […]

Public Health Leaders Urge People to Step Forward for Booster Jabs

Additional walk-in clinics are taking place across Somerset this week – giving local people more opportunities to get their Covid-19 jabs. After a healthy flurry of bookings for boosters/vaccinations pre-Christmas, there has been a noticeable drop off after the festive period. There is lots of walk-in availability at a number of vaccination sites across Somerset […]

Off the booze for Dry January? Then try our top 5 delicious mocktails.

Who’s thinking alcohol free isn’t fun? Are you championing Dry January, giving yourself a healthy start to the year? Then these mocktails will be right up your street. With the recent festivities over, many people will be ready to take some positive steps towards better health and wellbeing. It can be tough of course, so […]

Join the 1 in 6 adults planning to go alcohol-free this January

Somerset County Council is encouraging people to download Alcohol Change UK’s free app, Try Dry, and take part in Dry January, to double their chances of having a successful alcohol-free month.

To booze or not to booze 

For me the sad truth is there is no moderation, I can’t drink again, ever. Jon Tittley talks about his attempts to give up the booze, his realisation that for him he could never have another drink and the help there is available for anyone who feels they have a problem with alcohol. So, what did […]

Still doing Dry January five years on 

As February arrived, I thought why go back on the booze? I didn’t fancy it anymore. Davina de L’amour (not her real name) talks about finding it surprisingly easy to take up the challenge of not drinking for Dry January, the benefits of abstaining and the joy of still being alcohol free after five years.  It seemed like a near impossible […]