Category Public Health

Vaccination Buddies are here to help

People in Somerset who are feeling unsure about whether to have their Covid-19 vaccine are being encouraged to set up a call with a Vaccination Buddy. Vaccination Buddies are specially trained volunteers who are on hand to have supportive phone calls with people who have questions or concerns about getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Somerset County […]

Donate a toothbrush and create a healthier smile

During National Smile Month, Somerset County Council are encouraging everyone to give toothbrushes and toothpaste when donating to Foodbanks. The awareness month, 17 May to 17 June,is the world’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote better oral health.  It aims to reduce poor oral health by promoting key tips and advice, helping keep everyone’s smile […]

Child cancer survivor inspires Council Chair’s donation

The Chair of Somerset County Council, Councillor Nigel Taylor, has donated £1,000 to a charity after hearing about the child of a Council employee’s fight against cancer. The donation, issued from the Chairman’s Charitable Fund, was made to Musgrove Leukaemic Group, to benefit local children who are undergoing treatment for the disease. In an unrelated […]

Mental Health Awareness Week – Dave Partlow’s story

Dave Partlow, Somerset County Council Adult Social Care Strategic Manager, talks about the emotional rollercoaster of working in high stress frontline jobs, how he dealt with that pressure and his introduction to the Five Ways of Wellbeing – principles of support he was already unconsciously using in his life. Throughout the pandemic, Dave has supported […]

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 […]