Category Trudi Grant

Somerset’s Public Health Nursing Team celebrate ‘Good’ inspection from CQC

Somerset County Council’s Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting and School Nursing) team has been rated as ‘Good’ across all sections in a recent review of the service by inspectors at the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The service provides community care, delivered by health visitors and school nurses across the county of Somerset and this inspection […]

Knowing your numbers can reduce the risk of serious illness 

Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team is encouraging Somerset residents to get their blood pressure checked for ‘Know Your Numbers’ week.   The national campaign from Blood Pressure UK, aims to raise awareness of high blood pressure (hypertension), encouraging all UK adults to check their blood pressure at home over a week. In Somerset we estimate […]

Nominate a positive, public place to breastfeed

Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team are encouraging people to nominate public places that are ‘positive about breastfeeding.’ As part of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week, 1 to 7 August, the Council is promoting its ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ scheme. The scheme aims to strengthen the support for breastfeeding in commercial, health and community settings, creating more […]

10 Top tips with child safety in mind

Somerset County Council is promoting the annual Child Safety Week next week (6 -12 June), a community education campaign from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). The council works with partner organisations all the time to protect children and families. However, they are using this week to give extra emphasis to the precautions parents can […]

New ICON training will save babies lives

Somerset Public Health has joined other organisations from across the county to promote lifesaving training which will save babies lives. ‘Babies cry, you can cope’ is a key message being delivered in new ‘ICON’ training which helps families create a nurturing environment and learn supporting comfort methods which can help soothe crying babies. Working with […]

Age 40-74? Get your free NHS Health Check

Somerset Public Health is urging everyone who is eligible to get a free NHS Health Check to lower their risk of developing serious health conditions. The NHS Health Check is available for anyone between the age of 40 and 74 years, every five years, who does not have a pre-existing long-term condition. The NHS 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]