COVID-19 INFORMATION and NEWS
SPARK Somerset Covid-19 Vacciation Buddies
In partnership with Public Health at Somerset County Council, Spark Somerset has trained a team of volunteer Vaccination Buddies who can offer 1-2-1 telephone support to people who are worried or unsure about having the vaccine. The Buddies come from all walks of life and have the right skills to support people to make informed decisions about having the Covid-19 vaccination. They even speak a range of languages from Portuguese to Dutch!
Individuals can self-refer to the scheme and a fully trained Vaccination Buddy will then contact them by phone to discuss their concerns and offer information and reassurance. (Please note that Vaccination Buddies cannot give specific medical advice).
Please click here to make a referral.
26.08.22 - Updated Covid-19 vaccination programme
Locking Pharmacy will be running a vaccine clinic at St Thomas's Church Hall every Friday from 9am - 2pm starting from September 2nd 2022
To book a Covid vaccination, please go to the nhs.co.uk website and search for Covid Vaccine
For details on walk-in clinics in the area use the Grab a Jab website.
04.05.21 - Covid-19 Vaccination programme update
Click on the link below to go to our Covid-19 information page were you will find an update of the roll-out of the Covid-19 Vaccination programme:
18.01.21 - Difficulty getting to the Mass Vaccination Centre for your Covid-19 vaccination?
Mendip Transport have advised they may be able to help with getting you to your Covid-19 vaccination appointment.
Just give them a call on 01749 880613.
16.12.20- Covid-19 Vaccination Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)
Please click on the link below to few the FAQs that you may have about the Covid-19 vaccination.
26.08.20 - Recovery after Covid-19
If you have had the Covid-19 virus you may well have some questions about your recovery. Use the link below to view the government website with all the latest advice and guidance on your recovery.
08.06.20 - Mental Health Support in Somerset
Mindline Somerset is an emotional support helpline and they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; they can be contacted by phoning 01823 276 892.
You can search for local mental health services by going to the website:
08.06.20 - Help for Parent and Carers
Please click on the link below to access lots of very useful and informative advice and guidance provided by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).
RCPCH Help and Guidance (this link opens a new window)
11.05.20 - Bereavement and Coronavirus - a guide
In conjunction with this guide Somerset has developed additional bereavement support services that have a quick and easy referral process. This service is available to anyone in Somerset who has lost a loved one, whatever the cause. If you would like to talk to someone about your loss then please contact the Marie Curie Helpline 0800 3047 412 Monday – Saturday 09.00-17.00. They are there to help and would welcome your call. The service also has qualified bereavement support workers available for more in-depth support if needed. Professional referrals can be taken with the person’s permission.
01.05.20 - Help available to you
Here's an update of the help available to you during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic:
Somerset Coronavirus Helpline - 0300 790 6275
Wells Community Network - 01749 467079 between 9am and 5pm every day. You can click on this link to get to their website: Wells Community Network
"We help with prescription collecting, shopping, dog walking, companionship calls etc."
NHS Volunteers - You will probably have heard of the many thousands of people who have kindly signed-up as NHS Volunteers to offer their help and support. You can now contact them direct to discuss how they might be able to help you.
Call them on 0808 196 3646
27.04.20 - SARSAS Update
Please see the Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) Coronavirus update; by clicking on this link:
24.04.20 - Your experience of Coronavirus
The Coronavirus Status Checker, supported by NHS England, is helping the NHS coordinate its reponse and build up additional data on the Covid-19 outbreak. Please click on this link Tell the NHS about your current experience of coronavirus to offer your experiences of the pandemic. The findings so far are published can be viewed by clicking here >> Survey Findings
24.04.20 - SMS Messages from the surgery
The surgery needs to be able to contact as many patients as possible using the safest and most efficient means. We have therefore updated many records to reflect a 'consent to receive SMS (text) messages from my surgery'. We will only ever send you an SMS message that is in support of your health care; our clinical team have found this to be an extremely safe and effective way to communicate with you, our patients. If you have new contact details please ensure you let us know as soon as possible, you can do this by selecting the 'Change your Contact Details' option on the right hand side of this page.
Please contact the surgery if for any reason you do not wish to receive SMS text messages from us.
Do not worry if you do not have a mobile phone number; we will continue to contact you in the usual way.
17.04.20 - Help and Support during Covid-19 pandemic
There is a new government website that offers support and advice to anyone who feels they need some support or advice during this very difficult time.
- feeling unsafe;
- going in to work;
- paying bills or being unemployed;
- getting food;
- having somewhere to live;
- mental health and wellbeing
09.04.20 - SCC Coronvirus Helpline
Somerset County Council have launched a new Coronavirus Helpline - please see the Somerset Coronavirus Helpline details
25.03.20 - Mendip Community Network
Please see details on the link for information on the Mendip Community response to Covid-19 and food deliveries and support. Click here >>> Mendip Community response to Covid-19