1 October – News from Derbyshire County Council – walk-in vaccinations, Natasha's Law, Stoptober, World Mental Health Day

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Derbyshire Now, Derbyshire County Council

Latest news in this edition:

Walk-in vaccination clinics

It's really easy to get your first or second dose of the vaccine at a walk-in clinic.

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Drop-in Covid-19 vaccination clinics are taking place at Walton Hospital in Chesterfield:

  • Friday 1 October, 8.30am - 5pm.
  • Saturday 2 October, 8.30am - 5pm.
  • Sunday 3 October, 8.30am - 5pm.

The clinic has both Pfizer and Astra Zenica vaccines, they're available for everyone aged 16 or above, for first or second doses.

You can walk in or book ahead. Please leave at least eight weeks between doses. 

Shirebrook Health Centre will also be running vaccination clinics later this month. And keep an eye on the website for more venues and dates.


Natasha's Law in effect from today

The law on allergen labelling for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) foods changed today. This came about following the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette in 2016.


‘Natasha’s Law’ means all food prepacked for direct sale must be labelled with a full list of ingredients, with the 14 allergens emphasised on the ingredients list if present.

We've been supporting a Food Standards Agency campaign to promote the new rules, keep customers safe and protect food businesses from falling foul of Natasha's Law.

Businesses that don’t comply with the allergen rules risk making customers ill and they risk damaging their reputation and their profits.

The 14 allergens include common ones like peanuts and gluten, to less well known triggers for allergic reactions like mustard and celery. Around two million people in the UK suffer from allergies, including 2% of adults and 8% of children.

If you run a food business you can get more information and free resources at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/allergens and you can ask for advice at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/businessadvice

If you're a customer and have any concerns you can get in touch with trading standards via Consumer Advice Citizens Services at www.citizensadvice.org.uk. Follow links to consumer and consumer helpline.


Smokers urged to take part in Stoptober

If you're a smoker you can save money and improve your health by giving it up now – and we have resources to help you.

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If you're ready to kick the habit then get in touch with Live Life Better Derbyshire and join a FREE stop smoking clinic.

Live Life Better Derbyshire offers dedicated support for when you're ready to quit smoking for good. Our friendly, knowledgeable advisors will take you through every step of your quitting journey.

We offer one-to-one support, group and telephone support as well as advice on stop smoking medications and which will be best for you.

To find out if you can benefit from our free, local stop smoking service then take part in our short, online self assessment here. Or call 0800 085 2299.


World Mental Health Day coming soon

Sunday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. 

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World Mental Health Day provides the perfect opportunity to stop and have a conversation about how you're feeling and to reach out for help if you need it.

Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service is on hand 24/7 to offer support and advice if you need help with your emotional or mental wellbeing. You can call them on 0800 028 0077.