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April 2018

Join The Herd and get immunised


Are you fully protected against measles? Gloucestershire County Council is urging residents to check they are to help protect the most vulnerable. In September last year an outbreak of measles saw 49 cases of the disease in the area. Although many people will only suffer mild symptoms, out of the residents affected by measles, six were hospitalised, including some to intensive care. In the worst cases, measles can cause pneumonia, brain damage, long term disability or even death. This shows just how important it is for residents to make sure that they are immunised. In Gloucestershire, less than 90 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella. 

This means that the county does not have enough ‘herd immunity’; the resistance to the spread of an infectious disease within a population when a high enough proportion are immune. The more people who are vaccinated, the better protec-tion there is for the community. To make sure that residents are safe from the deadly disease the county needs to hit a 95 per cent vaccination rate. The vaccine is completely safe for most people but some of the most vulnerable people can’t be vaccinated. In a bid to increase the amount of people immunised, letters are being sent out by GPs to some of the county’s under-protected young adults (aged 16 to 19 year olds), informing them if they haven’t had two doses of MMR vaccine. In some instances they will have missed the vaccination as a child and now, as an adult, are vulnerable to disease in the event of an outbreak.


Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Measles can kill so it is really important that people get immunised. I had measles when I was five years old and suffered with very painful symptoms which have affected my eyesight into adulthood. It was very traumatic for me and my parents and I’d urge residents to make sure they’re immunised. By joining the herd you can help to protect yourself and others from the effects of this dangerous disease.”


Steve Hams, Chief Nurse at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Keeping this issue at the forefront of the public’s attention is critically important. By taking a very simple precautionary measure and getting a jab you can quite literally save your life. Getting a jab is very easy and straight forward.”


Dr Sheena Yerburgh, Clinical Lead for Infection Control at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Measles is a highly contagious and potentially extremely dangerous disease. It is really important to protect our population, in particular children and young adults. Ensuring widespread vaccination will give Gloucestershire 'herd immunity', reducing the risk of an outbreak. The vaccination is quick, safe and very effective. I urge parents to ensure that their children have received the two doses of the vaccine, and young people to check their vaccination history with their GP surgery and make an appointment with their Practice Nurse if they are not covered.”
  Measles signs and symptoms:
The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after a person is infected. These can include: 

  • Cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and a cough

  • Sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light

  • A high temperature (fever), which may reach around 40C (104F)

A few days later, a red-brown blotchy rash will appear. This usually starts on the head or upper neck, before spreading outwards to the rest of the body. Symptoms usually resolve in about 7 to 10 days.


If you think you or someone you know is suffering with Measles, then please contact 111. Don’t go to A&E or your GPs as you could inadvertently spread the disease.

 

April 2018


What have you done today to make you feel proud?



If you are considering a career in social care or health, ‘Proud to Care Gloucestershire’ could find its way into your favourites.



Working with partners in the NHS and adult social care, Gloucestershire County Council has launched the site as part of a new Recruitment & Retention campaign called ‘Proud to Care Gloucestershire’.


The website acts as a one stop shop for employers and care professionals to promote careers, work experience and volunteering opportunities in the adult social care sector.


Using the website, visitors will also be able to find out information on job vacancies, career progression opportunities and training available.


The county council and partners are working with care providers to increase the skills of current staff as well as help to recruit and retain staff in future. To help promote careers in adult social care, Proud to Care Gloucestershire Ambassadors will be at careers events around the county, giving their first hand take on careers in care. They will be there to answer questions about the opportunities available and talk about their own experiences working in such rewarding roles.


Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care at Gloucestershire County Council said; “This website will help to support our providers, as well as offer career development opportunities for people already working in care – and those that are considering a career in the industry.”


“There are so many opportunities out there and I hope people are inspired by what they find on the Proud to Care Gloucestershire website.”


“I would urge anyone who gets pleasure from really helping people to look at starting a career in health and social care. I had a really rewarding career working in health and met some truly wonderful people who are now lifelong friends.”


For more information and to apply for careers in social care work visit:
www.proudtocareglos.org.uk or e-mail ptc@gloucestershire.gov.uk


May2018

Gloucestershire County Council offers the following suggestions on cutting down on single use plastic

Some ideas for reducing how much single use plastic you use:

 

  • Use a glass instead of a plastic cup
  • Say no to plastic cutlery and straws
  • Source milk in reusable glass bottles
  • Have leftovers for lunch
  • Use a reusable bag
  • Switch cling film for bees wax wraps
  • Use a bread maker
  • Use a reusable flask or mug to avoid disposable coffee cups
  • Buy fruit and vegetables without plastic wrappers (such as from a market or a veg box scheme)
    • When shopping switch plastic wrapped items for things sold in glass, paper, card or tins. For example: switch liquid laundry tablets for washing powder in a cardboard box or squeezey ketchup, oil or mayonnaise for a glass bottle or jar.

May 2018

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Have you renewed your blue badge?


Blue badge holders are being reminded to renew their badges if its expiry date is looming.

Blue badge holders are being reminded to renew their badges if its expiry date is looming.

 

Residents interested in applying for a blue badge or renewing their existing one are advised to only use the official GOV.UK website.

 

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care delivery says: “It’s important for all blue badge holders to make sure that their badge is still within date.

 

“We wouldn’t want to see any legitimate person to be caught out by their badge’s expiry date. We also need to remind people that using someone else’s blue badge if they’re not in the car with you is illegal.”

 

How do I renew my blue badge?

Anyone eligible will need to complete a reapplication form available online at: http://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge at least 4-6 weeks prior to when the badge expiry date.

 

Existing blue badge holders should receive a letter along with a reapplication form approximately 6-8 weeks before their current badge expires.

 

If badge holders have moved house since their last blue badge application they can get in touch with their new address by emailing: bluebadge@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

Anyone who has moved to Gloucestershire from another area will need to ask their previous council to transfer their records over to us.

 

What is a blue badge?

The blue badge scheme is a national scheme designed to give people who are registered severely sight impaired and people who have any permanent and substantial disability the ability to park close to the facilities and services they need to use. In Gloucestershire it is enforced throughout the year by the county council, with action being taken if any-one is using an out of date pass or one which doesn’t belong to them.

Residents who are eligible can apply for a badge which lasts for 3 years.

More information about the blue badge scheme in Gloucestershire here: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/disabilities/apply-for-a-blue-badge/information-about-the-blue-badge-parking-scheme/


Stay fire safe in the home


If there was a fire in your house tonight, would you know the best way to exit your property safely? Are your hallways and back doors clear?


Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is encouraging families to make sure they know how to safely exit their home in the event of a fire.
Below are five top tips from GFRS about to help you make sure you and your families can be prepared:


  1. Think about how you’d all get out in case of a fire, making an escape plan and practising it will help ensure that everyone can get out, stay out and call 999

  2. Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home so smoke can reach the alarms quicker giving you more warning time.

  3. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Smoke alarms can save your life, but only if they are working.

  4. Clear your escape routes. Make sure you can escape without tripping over to ensure a speedy exit

  5. Keep your door and window keys in a known and accessible place.


Make sure everyone knows where the door and window keys are kept so they can reach them easily and get out quicker in case of a fire.


The fire service also offer safe and well visits, which are an easy and free way to get advice and equipment to make your home safe. Crews can give helpful tips about staying safe and discuss the best escape routes for households as well as fitting smoke alarms for free.


Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “Our fire crews work hard to support people be safe, in and out of the home. By knowing how you would exit your home in the event of a fire, it could save your life in an emergency.”


Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It is really vital that residents have a plan in place to evacuate the premis-es if the worst happens. The five tips we’ve provided are a quick and easy way to remember how to keep yourself and your family safe in the event of a fire.
Our firefighters continue to keep our communities safe on a daily basis and I am grateful to them, our control staff and officers for all their work.”


To arrange a free safe and well visit, please visit:
http://www.glosfire.gov.uk/your_safety.html 

or phone 0800 180 41 40.


May 2018


Junction 10 improvements move another step closer The government has announced that plans can move forward to allow traffic to join and exit the M5 in both directions at junction 10.

 

Gloucestershire County Council, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough Councils together with GFirst LEP have worked in partnership towards achieving an ‘all ways’ M5 Junction 10 to support the delivery of the housing and employment growth set out in the Joint Core Strategy (JCS).


In 2016, the partnership worked on a bid to the Department for Transport's 'Large Local Major Transport Schemes Fund' for money to create an outline business case for work at the junction.


Then in 2017 the county council, supported by its partners, submitted an expression of interest as part of the governments ‘Housing Infrastructure Fund’.


Yesterday’s announcement that the expression of interest was successful means a more detailed business case can now be drawn up. Junction 10 is currently one of the few junctions on the M5 with restricted access and resolving this is a top priority within the county council’s adopted local transport plan and is a key element of the JCS’s infrastructure delivery plan.


At the moment, the junction has no access to join the motorway to travel south, and there is no exit for motorway traffic coming from the south. This means that traffic wishing to access the north west of Cheltenham has to use more local roads which causes congestion. A new layout would see environmental benefits from less traffic travelling through Cheltenham and businesses would see savings in their transport costs as they would no longer need to travel to or from junction 11.


Emergency services would also be able to respond more easily to incidents on the M5 in the vicinity of the junction.


The ‘all ways’ improvement will also provide the transport infrastructure to support the phased delivery of west and north west Cheltenham’s strategic development sites with up to 70 hectares of employment land, incorporating the internationally important cyber park, and 5,600 homes.


Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth said, “Gloucestershire is ripe for investment and yesterday’s fantastic news shows the govern-ment’s confidence in the county council to deliver these improvements at junction 10 of the M5. Allowing traffic to join and exit in both directions will make life easier for local people and businesses. The council will now work with government to move the project forward.”


Diane Savory, chair of GFirst LEP said, “Todays announcement about Junction 10 of the M5 will make a real tangible difference to the lives of people living and working in Gloucestershire, I am excited to see how this progresses and comes to fruition.”


Cllr Steve Jordan, leader of Cheltenham Borough Council, said, "Everyone I have spoken to locally thinks upgrading J10 is needed as soon as possible so I am pleased that we are getting this message across at a national level."


Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said, "Upgrading junction 10 is vital to enable us to achieve the housing and employment growth set out in the Joint Core Strategy. This announcement is good news and shows the Government's confidence in our ability to deliver."
Cllr David Waters, leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, said, “This is great news for Tewkesbury borough and for the whole of Gloucestershire. An ‘all ways’ junction 10 will help the JCS authorities drive growth to create homes and jobs for the people of Gloucestershire.”


M5 Junction 10 (Piff’s Elm Interchange) was originally opened in March 1971.


May 2018

Council set to eliminate single use plastic - Gloucestershire County Council

has voted to stop its use of unnecessary single use plastics.


The original motion was put forward at its full council meeting yesterday by Cllr Eva Ward and amended to: a) Eliminate all single use plastic within county council managed buildings and facilities by 2020, and seek to encourage the elimination of single use plastic within its supply chain by 2025.
b) Asks the Gloucestershire Joint Waste Partnership to consider how they could promote the reduction of SUP across the county and to highlight areas of further lobbying to central government by both collection and waste disposal authorities


Cllr Eva Ward for the Green Party who proposed the motion said: “The success of Blue Planet II means that, as a society, we can’t plead ignorance any more. We know how harmful single-use plastics are to the environment and when there are so many alternatives available, there’s no reason to continue as we are. I was pleased when the government brought out their ‘green plan’, but the research published this week shows that we simply don’t have the luxury of time, and if we leave taking real action until 2042 then we will have damaged our oceans irreparably. We all have a duty to tackle this crisis and it’s time for Gloucestershire County Council to take the lead, be ambitious and to do something that will genuinely make a difference”


“As a result of raising the issue in the county council, there has already been a commitment that the Shire Hall staff café will stop using plastic cutlery, offer reduced price hot drinks for people with reusable cups, wrap sandwiches in biodegradable paper, and replace bottled water with a self service water cooler. This shows what can be done when there is a will. Although I’m disappointed that the original motion wasn’t approved, I’m pleased to have the Joint Waste Partnership involved.”


Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats who seconded the motion said: “The prevalence of plastic in our seas and oceans is an incredibly important issue. The success of the ‘plastic bag levy’ has led to an 85 per cent reduction in disposable plastic bag usage. Now I think the county council should go one step further. By becoming a single-use plastic-free council, and by raising awareness with Gloucestershire residents about the impact of single use plastics on the environment, we can make sure that our county leads on this topic and plays its part in protecting our environment for future generations.”


Cllr Lesley Williams, leader of the Labour group who supported the motion, said: “We know the detrimental effect that single-use plastics have on our environment. In councils and organisations up and down the country, people are becoming more conscientious of what they throw away and the amount of plastic waste they accumulate. It’s easy to make small changes that will have a big impact and this motion will ensure that Gloucestershire County Council does its bit in tackling this crisis.”
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said: “We’re going to ask our staff to ‘refuse and reuse’ by refusing single use plastics wherever possible, and by swopping disposables for re-usables. We’d like local residents to join us in doing this too. Gloucestershire councils will work together this year through the Joint Waste Committee to deliver information and advice to residents on how to avoid single use plas-tics and how to recycle those that cannot be avoided. All Gloucestershire councils collect plastics at the kerbside and they are also accepted at household recycling centres. Visit recycleforgloucestershire.com to find out what types of plastic can be recycled in your local area. As a minimum this will include all plastic bottles; and sometimes pots, tubs and trays too.


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