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New public health website for Slough

Public health website

The council’s public health team is excited to bring you a brand new resource to help support your health.

The new public health website has recently launched and provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all your health needs. The website provides up-to-date and accurate information on making informed decisions to look after and improve your health.

The new website includes support for people wishing to stop smoking, lose weight, get an NHS health check, and learn more about their long term condition, as well as a host of other information.

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “This is a fantastic service for our local residents which aims to improve the borough’s health and wellbeing. There are several areas where Slough is lower than the national average in health statistics, and we aim as a council to improve those and of course the health of our residents.”

For more information about this, email publichealthslough@slough.gov.uk.

Don’t forget to sign up to the public health monthly e-newsletter for local information and opportunities – you can find the link on the new public health website.

Half a million UK children not immunised against measles

Public health - MMR posterChildren need two doses of the vaccine for protection, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommending 95% coverage to achieve herd immunity (protection against the disease spreading in the community).

There were nearly 1,000 cases of measles in the UK last year and more than 35,000 in Europe as a whole, with 37 deaths.

Manila in the Philippines has had 23,563 cases and 338 deaths so far this year due to their low vaccination rates caused by vaccine fear-mongering.

Our recommendation? No matter what your age, check with your GP that you've had BOTH doses of the MMR vaccine for full protection. 

Sexual health services

Public health - safe sex websiteThe Slough sexual health service contract has been renewed: Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will continue to provide this vital service to Slough and East Berkshire. The service includes a range of support for residents, including:

  • online STI testing
  • online booking for appointments at the Garden Clinic (the Sexual Health clinic at Upton Hospital)
  • information and support for people seeking emergency contraceptives
  • support and information on safe sex
  • guidance on sexual assault
  • support on sexual orientation and gender identity.

For more information, visit the safe sex Berkshire website or email publichealthslough@slough.gov.uk

Bereaved by suicide

Public health - let\'s talkSuicide prevention is an important element of our work in promoting good mental health and wellbeing in Slough.

The number of deaths by suicide in Slough, between 2016 and 2018, was 12 males and two females. More men take their own lives than women - this is a national trend.  

For every one death by suicide, 10 people are affected, although some research indicates that three times as many people are impacted by the death of a friend, family member or colleague.

People bereaved by suicide are 80% more likely to drop out of education or work than their peers.

Survivors of Bereaved by Suicide (SOBS) is a support group, working across Berkshire, that helps friends and families. In working with SOBS, Public Health recognised gaps in services for this specific group, who felt that advocacy to navigate services was important.

The public health team, in partnership with National Victim Support, are piloting an advocacy service for residents bereaved by suicide. This project will support families to access services and support they may not know of. It will also help with any issues and problems they face.

For more information, email publichealthslough@slough.gov.uk

To contact SOBS directly ring Hazel on 07545 897781.

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