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Rapid coronavirus tests now available across Devon

Rapid coronavirus tests now available across Devon

Every adult in Devon is being encouraged to take a rapid, lateral flow test for coronavirus twice a week, and now they can do so in a variety of ways including through testing centres, workplaces, pharmacies, or home delivery .

The tests are fast and convenient, and results are usually available within the hour.

Rapid lateral flow tests are for people who show no symptoms of...

Join the #BallsToCovid challenge

Over the last year, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust has created a new rehabilitation service set up to help those recovering from trauma and illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strict infection control changes, as well as restrictions on visiting loved ones, meant rehabilitation teams needed to come up with a new way of making rehabilitation fun for patients. As a result,...

Mental health of police officers improved thanks to surfing programme’s ‘unique approach’ 

Surfing helps improve police officers’ wellbeing and mental health, according to research from the University of Exeter Business School.

A research team evaluated the effectiveness of Surfwell, a health intervention programme spearheaded by Devon and Cornwall police that combines surfing with a programme of peer support and group therapy.

Around one in five police officers...

Popular hospital appoints dementia leads

Popular hospital Practice Plus Group Hospital Plymouth has appointed two dementia leads from among its team to further strengthen its offering to patients with dementia.

The two leads are Paul Soley, Physiotherapy Manager, and Nicola Cornish (job title). Their role will see them ensuring that patients with dementia are receiving care tailored to their needs, that dementia-friendly...

Getting the help you need this Easter weekend

With Easter fast approaching, Devon’s NHS leaders are calling on people to take preventative measures ahead of the bank holidays and after as lockdown restrictions start to ease and ‘staycations’ start.

The long Easter weekend traditionally puts extra pressure on health services when most GP practices are closed and more people are outdoors enjoying everything Devon has to offer....

All you need to know about CBD oil

Every day, more and more people turn to CBD oil for its positive influence on well-being. Attracted by the supplement's lack of toxicity and good safety profile, it's proving to be the perfect companion to a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

However, to truly make the most of CBD, you need to find the right product to complement your needs. To do that, a basic understanding of how CBD...

Diabetes UK seeks new diabetes healthcare leaders in south west

Diabetes UK seeks new diabetes healthcare leaders in the south west

Diabetes UK is urging healthcare professionals who are committed to transforming care for people living with diabetes in their community to apply to be a part of an inspiring Diabetes UK leadership programme.

Healthcare professionals can now apply to join two inspiring Diabetes UK leadership programmes: Discovering Leadership and Clinical Champions.

These programmes are...

Plymouth midwife reassures women the  Coronavirus vaccine is safe

Plymouth midwife reassures women the Coronavirus vaccine is safe

The NHS in Devon is reassuring women that the Coronavirus vaccination will have no impact on their ability to have a family and is encouraging health and social care workers to take up the vaccine.

More than 87% of frontline health and social care workers across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay have had their first dose of the life-saving vaccine. However, some female staff have hesitated...

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Get your vaccination now while there are thousands of spaces

People in Devon who are eligible for a coronavirus vaccine are being urged to book an appointment before the end of March while there are thousands of spaces available.

Everyone aged 50 and above, people with underlying health conditions or health and care workers are among those now eligible for a vaccination.

They are being encouraged to book an appointment for a first...

What to expect when you go to have your Covid Vaccination

What to expect when you go to have your Covid Vaccination: A video for people with learning disabilities

The NHS in Devon is supporting people with learning disabilities to take up the potentially life-saving coronavirus vaccination.

GP surgeries are contacting people about booking the vaccine.

Recent engagement work, including focus groups with members of our community with learning disabilities, led by NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) suggests that the reasons for...