Monthly Archives: October 2021

Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit heading to Frome

Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit heading to Frome

A Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit is being set up at North Parade car park in Frome this week, as Somerset County Council continues to make testing more accessible to areas with acute need.

Anyone wishing to get tested must book a test in advance, and tests are only available for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. 

Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test atnhs.uk/coronavirusor by calling 119. 

The days of operation may vary week to week and information on availability of this and any other Mobile Testing Units in and around Somerset will be given when you book a test. 

Professor Trudi Grant, Somerset’s Director of Public Health said: “It is now more important than ever that we all work together, and testing plays a key role in helping to reduce the spread of this highly infectious virus. Self-isolating immediately once you notice symptoms, and then getting tested, is key to preventing the spread of the infection. Once an individual has a positive test result, we can then also notify anyone that may have been in close contact with them and reduce the risk of the virus spreading even further.” 

Councillor Clare Paul, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Somerset County Council said: “We’ve been working hard to get more testing sites into Somerset and would like to thank Mendip District Council for making the car park site available.The Mobile Testing Units are important assets in the County’s bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.” 

Tests are available at a number of sites in Somerset and just across the border. These include drive-through regional testing sites (RTS) which are available seven days a week, and drive-through mobile testing units (MTUs) which operate on different days each week. More information is available here. 

Bath at Christmas – bringing sparkle to the city

Bath at Christmas – bringing sparkle to the city

A packed package of traditional fun and seasonal experiences, including details of a spectacular city light trail, have been launched as part of ‘Bath at Christmas’ – a festive programme to help the city sparkle and attract visitors this festive season. Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bath Business Improvement District, Visit West, SouthGate Bath… Read More…

HRH The Princess Royal officially opens £6.85m new facility at Yeovil special school

HRH The Princess Royal officially opens £6.85m new facility at Yeovil special school

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal today (Friday 22 October) officially opened the Sycamore Building at Fairmead School in Yeovil and toured the first-class facilities being enjoyed by students, staff and the local community. The new school building was made possible by an investment of £6.85m by Somerset County Council. Completed in the summer holiday… Read More…

Council funds free school meal vouchers for October half term

Council funds free school meal vouchers for October half term

Somerset County Council will again be providing help to families in need of support over the October half term. The Department for Work and Pensions has extended its Covid Local Support Grant, providing £230,000 to Somerset County Council to support vulnerable families, along with £57,000 from the Department of Health and Social Care’s Contain Outbreak… Read More…

Free school meal vouchers for autumn and winter holidays

Free school meal vouchers for autumn and winter holidays

Families whose children are eligible for benefit related free school meals will be provided with supermarket vouchers worth £20 for the October and Christmas holiday periods by Bath & North East Somerset Council. On October 22, eligible families who received vouchers from the council’s free school meals scheme during the summer holidays will automatically receive… Read More…

Myths and Monsters at Victoria Art Gallery

Myths and Monsters at Victoria Art Gallery

Monsters are taking over the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath this winter! Myths and Monsters, a follow-up to 2017’s blockbuster Here be Dragons exhibition, which broke attendance records at the Gallery, will open on 27 November 2021 and run until 27 February 2022. The colourful celebration of children’s book illustration will appeal to children of all ages,… Read More…

Making our streets safer for women and girls

Making our streets safer for women and girls

Funding to help tackle violence against women and girls has been awarded to North Somerset Council and Somerset County Council. The neighbouring councils have made a successful joint bid to the Home Office Safer Streets Fund for £324,449. The bid is an innovative and collaborative proposal by the two councils covering the whole Somerset policing… Read More…

Latest testing advice for Somerset residents

Latest testing advice for Somerset residents

Somerset’s Public Health leaders are advising people to retest if they are still displaying Covid-19 symptoms after receiving a negative PCR test result. The advice follows today’s national announcement regarding the suspension of a laboratory processing Covid-19 PCR tests. In recent weeks there have been concerns around a number of people receiving negative PCR test results after they have previously… Read More…

Construction begins to expand Taunton special school

Construction begins to expand Taunton special school

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on 4 October to officially mark the beginning of construction to expand Taunton’s Sky Academy. Sky Academy provides specialist educational and residential care for young people with complex social, emotional and learning difficulties. Somerset County Council has appointed construction company Willmott Dixon to deliver the project which will create a… Read More…

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