Public health

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Health & Activity bodies encourage people to stay in or stay local to exercise

The heads of the county’s Public Health operation and Active Surrey have urged people to continue following official guidance on the need to stay home and exercise responsibly. With the Easter bank holiday weekend upon us, with weather getting warmer, people will no doubt be tempted to venture out. While exercise and fresh air remain … Continue reading

AUDIO: BBC Surrey & Sussex interview on World Mental Health Day about ways to improve well-being

Maya Twardzicki, of Surrey County Council’s public health team, talked to BBC Surrey & Sussex yesterday on World Mental Health Day about how using the Wheel of Well-being can boost health and happiness. For more information about the Wheel of Well-being and local services, visit the Healthy Surrey website.   – Audio courtesy of BBC … Continue reading

Sniffer dogs to take centre stage at roadshows highlighting illegal tobacco trade

Specially trained sniffer dog Phoebe will showcase her skills at roadshows around Surrey to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco. Phoebe (pictured) will join trading standards and public health teams in Redhill, Woking, Staines and Guildford next week as part of a crackdown on the counterfeit tobacco trade. The roadshows aim to raise awareness of … Continue reading

Smoking ban launched in Surrey playgrounds

A voluntary smoking ban is being launched in children’s play areas across Surrey. The scheme will rely on the goodwill of people using them and will be supported by signs featuring artwork by local children. It is being launched by boroughs and districts with the help of Surrey County Council’s public health team to coincide … Continue reading

Nearly 570 children will start smoking on World No Tobacco Day

Nearly 570 children in the UK will start smoking during World No Tobacco Day – the annual event to encourage people to quit. Tomorrow’s 567 new young smokers* will add to the estimated 138,000 regular smokers across the country aged 11 to 15. In Surrey alone, around 4,200 young people aged 11 to 15 smoke … Continue reading

Drink-related Surrey hospital admissions double

The number of people in Surrey admitted to hospital with alcohol-related illnesses has more than doubled in the last decade. Figures unveiled for Alcohol Awareness Week show there were 1,532 admissions per 100,000 people in Surrey in 2011/12 due to drinking, up from 695 in 2002/03. It is estimated that treating people for alcohol-related problems … Continue reading

Nearly 16,000 children will start smoking during Stoptober

Almost 16,000 children under 16 will start smoking during the Stoptober campaign to get people to kick the habit. Around 567 children aged 11 to 15 take up cigarettes each day in the UK, meaning more than 15,800 young people will start during the 28-day challenge. Now, as people trying to kick the habit move … Continue reading

Council takes over public health

Obesity, smoking and drinking are among the issues Surrey County Council will tackle after taking control of public health. Responsibility for improving the health of Surrey’s communities and reducing inequalities officially transferred from the NHS on Monday (1 April). The county council is now responsible for 23 public health functions, which will see it tackle … Continue reading

Three groups appointed to run Healthwatch together

Three groups have come together to take on the role of Surrey’s health and social care consumer champion. Surrey Independent Living Council (SILC), Citizens Advice Surrey and Help and Care have been appointed by Surrey County Council to act as a public voice. The watchdog group, which takes on the role on 1 April, will … Continue reading

Cabinet member speaks about improving health at national event

Surrey County Council plans for improving health and wellbeing that were praised by a minister were outlined at a major national event. Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Michael Gosling set out Surrey’s approach to taking a bigger role in health at the Local Government Association’s annual conference. Changes being introduced next April … Continue reading

Guardian interview on improving health

Surrey County Council’s progress as it prepares to take responsibility for improving public health and wellbeing featured in a Guardian story today. Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Michael Gosling and Strategic Director for Adult Social Care Sarah Mitchell were interviewed about preparations ahead of next April’s transfer of public health from the NHS.

Public Health Minister praises Surrey

Minister Anne Milton has praised Surrey for its approach to setting up a new board that aims to improve health and wellbeing. The Public Health Minister congratulated Surrey for the progress made in establishing the forum in preparation for changes to the NHS next April. Under the reforms public health will transfer to councils and … Continue reading

Public health staff move to council a year early

NHS staff have moved to Surrey County Council a year before the authority officially takes responsibility for public health. Sixty-five members of the public health team have transferred to council offices across the county. Surrey’s public health transfer is among the first wave taking place nationally as part of a reorganisation of the NHS. Under … Continue reading


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