Public Health Service – services on offer

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The Public Health Service,  provided by the Health and Community Services Department is located at Peter Crill House, Gloucester Street, St Helier, JE1 3QS

Introduction to the Service

The primary aim of the service is to keep the general population healthy; so, unlike the hospital service, they mainly deal with people who are not sick, helping them to get fit and stay fit.

Health Education and Promotion

At school, children receive health education from their teachers, school nurses and from Public Health Service’s health promotion officers. Advice and support is provided for the Education Service, and lectures and seminars for teachers are held at the Teachers’ Centre. A large stock of films and slides is held for loan to schools, and free booklets on health and lifestyle are distributed to schools, clinics and hospitals. Health promotion officers also visit youth clubs to talk with young people about health and lifestyle issues.

Speech and language Therapy

The Speech and Language Therapy service is part of the Public Health Service. Therapists work with children and adults with speech and language difficulties in nurseries, schools, hospitals and day care centres throughout the Island. Individual and group therapy sessions are held. Referral to the service is open, although the majority of referrals are from clinic and family doctors, health visitors and hospital consultants. See 10.2.10 Speech and Language Therapy Service.

Adult Health

The Inspection of Nursing and Residential Homes

8. The Health and Community Services Department is the licensing authority for Nursing and Residential homes and a highly qualified nurse is employed by the Public Health Service to inspect homes and to advise owners and staff on the care of their residents. See also 10.7.7.L3 Nursing Homes and Residential Homes / Nursing Agencies.

Environmental Health

The people of Jersey and future generations of Islanders are entitled to a safe and healthy environment in which to live, work and play. The Environmental Health Service has a major role in education, supply of advice, investigation of problems and the enforcement of current legislation on public health and environmental matters.

The maintenance of the highest health and hygiene standards in food, water and bathing beaches is vitally important. Environmental health officers monitor these matters, deal with complaints and advise on abatement whenever necessary.

Kitchens and sanitary arrangements in hotels, restaurants and other public places are inspected regularly and detailed hygiene requirements made.

Advice is given to the Planning and Environment Department on applications involving catering for the public, and on new developments thought to have particular impact on the environment. Their officers investigate drainage problems, nuisances and environmental pollutants, including noise and radioactivity.

See also 10.8.1.L5 Environmental Health

Social Housing

At the request of the family doctor, a clinical medical officer investigates applications for priority re-housing on medical grounds and advises the Social Housing provider. Environmental health officers may be asked to inspect and advise on sub-standard housing.

Infectious Disease

Under the Public Health Law, the Medical Officer of Health should be informed when certain infectious diseases are diagnosed. Some diseases, such as food poisoning or tuberculosis, require further investigation and the tracing of contacts by medical officers or environmental health officers, who liaise with the consultant microbiologist at the Hospital Pathology Laboratory.

Other Services

Although not directly administered by the Public Health Service, they work closely with the Family Nursing and Home Care Service (see 10.8.1.L2 FNHC). The Psychological Assessment and Therapy Service is at Overdale. See 10.5.5.L1

Further responsibilities of the Medical Officer of Health

16. The Medical Officer of Health is responsible to the Health and Community Services Department for the management of the Crematorium (see 8.45.12.L6), and has a major responsibility to the States in the administration of many Island laws with medical or environmental content.

Telephone: – +441534442000