How to Stay Well This Winter

Getting your flu jab and self care are still the best way to stay well this winter, health professionals advise.  If you are eligible for an NHS flu jab and haven't had one yet, ask your GP surgery or Pharmacy. 

Winter is a particularly busy time for the NHS so to help alleviate pressure on the local NHS, Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health is reminding people of the simple things they can do to help make this winter a healthy one.

Trudi Grant, Somerset Director of Public Health said: “Winter brings with it a whole range of illnesses and ailments such as flu, coughs and colds and Norovirus, the winter vomiting bug.

“Prevention is always better than cure so if you start to feel unwell, at the very first sign of a winter illness, even if it is just a cough or cold, please get advice from your well qualified pharmacist before it gets more serious. Try and eat warm food and drink hot drinks, heat homes to at least 18 degrees and keep active to keep warm.

“Cold and flu viruses are spread when you breathe in droplets that are coughed or sneezed out by an infected person. You can also catch a cold or flu by touching an infected object or surface and then touching your eyes and nose. So making sure we all practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with warm water and soap and coughing or sneezing into a tissue and throwing it away quickly will help to keep the germ bugs at bay.”

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing added:  “Please keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours and support them in the cold weather to stay well this winter.

“If you start to feel unwell, but are generally fit and healthy, you can usually manage the symptoms of a cold or flu yourself without seeing your GP.  To help you get better quicker, just rest and sleep, keep warm, drink plenty of water (fruit juice or squash mixed with water is fine) to avoid dehydration and gargle salt water to soothe a sore throat.

“Finally, having a well-stocked medicine cabinet and making the most of your well qualified local pharmacist to treat minor ailments will all help to relieve pressure on the NHS.”

Dr Ed Ford, a Somerset GP and Chair of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The flu season has started to kick in. If you are healthy getting a cold or even flu is not normally life-threatening but for the very elderly, or people living with long-term health problems, like chronic lung disease or asthma, the complications caused by the flu virus can be very serious.

The elderly, their carer’s and people living with long-term health problems should get a flu vaccination if they have not already had one.

If you start to feel unwell, stay at home and manage your symptoms. Please don’t risk infecting others, by visiting people in hospitals or care homes.”

The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus and it is vital that those eligible have it every year. So if you are eligible and haven’t had your flu vaccination yet don’t put it off.  Ask your GP surgery or Pharmacy about the free flu vaccine now.

If you are unwell, you should carefully consider the best place to get treatment. Accident and Emergency (A&E) is for life threatening and serious injury only, but there are a range of other options that could suit your needs including your local pharmacy, Somerset Minor Injury Units or calling the national 111 service.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you prepare for winter.

Visit http://www.nhs.uk/staywell

Date Posted: 15/01/2019 13:08:00

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Message to Party on the Park Stallholders

Setup period: The site will be open to stall holders from 9:30am on Sunday 27th August 2017; all stalls must be erected by 11:30am

Breakdown period: Stalls must be taken down by 10:00pm on Sunday 27th August 2017.

Vehicles will be allowed onto the recreation ground during the setup and breakdown periods but must not be operated during the event without first contacting a marshal or a member of the event team, who will guide you on and off the site safely.

Please make sure you have read the Terms and Conditions and return your stall holders declaration to the event team prior to the event.

Date Posted: 21/08/2017 11:22:42

Cards only’ as all recycling sites go cash-free

Somerset’s 16 recycling sites will switch to operate cash-free and cheque-free from Friday 1 September with almost all payments taken only on credit, debit and charge cards.

The only exceptions will be the £2 cash entry fees for Crewkerne and Dulverton community recycling sites, and paying at the Reuse Shop within Taunton (Priorswood) Recycling Centre.

The move to all payments on plastic was agreed by councillors from all six Somerset authorities following many months of successful trials at both Chard and Taunton recycling sites since 2016.

Enhancing efficiency, security and the safety of staff, payments will be accepted on Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, Visa Electron and Diner’s Club, including contactless cards.

Among the plastic-only payments taken at all recycling sites will be for the charged-for materials brought in by residents but classified as non-household: gas bottles, soil, hardcore and tyres.

And 10 sites take paid-for residents’ vehicle parts for recycling or disposal, while in a separate scheme, 10 sites accept businesses’ paid-for commercial waste, from timber to fridges.

Plastic-only payments will also be taken for “Revive” soil conditioner composted from Somerset’s garden waste and sold by every recycling site at £4 for a bag and £10 for three bags.

Payments for domestic asbestos and plasterboard will continue to be made online in advance at the Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) website.

A SWP spokesman said: “Thanks to customers and staff, the Chard and Taunton recycling site trials have proved a great success, showing that it will work well throughout the network. 

 “If anyone thinks they may have a site payment problem, they should see staff before unloading.

 “The switch from cash to cards does not involve any new charges or any changes in prices.”

 Information on card payments can be found on flyers and signage at all recycling sites.

 Details of all recycling sites, from opening hours to materials taken and links to lists of charges, can be found at http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/sites/

Date Posted: 11/08/2017 08:44:11

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