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Healing isn’t Linear: What to expect in therapy

In his book “The problem of pain,” C.S. Lewis said, "It is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”

Fortunately for us all, the global attitude towards mental health has significantly changed since he wrote that quote. However, the fact remains that mental...

Local NHS chief urges people to get vital second jab

As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme enters its last lap Devon’s Primary Care Medical Director Alex Degan has encouraged local residents to come forward for their first jab and remember to get their second vital and lifesaving dose.

The plea comes as people aged 40 and over are now able to book in their second jab on the national booking system from eight weeks after their...

How to prepare yourself for a major medical procedure

When your doctor tells you that you need to go through a major medical procedure, it’s never easy to accept. You worry that things would go wrong. You also don’t trust the process well. It’s natural to feel that way. However, you should be brave in facing the reality and get on with it. Your doctor already told you that it’s necessary to survive, and you have to schedule the procedure...

Doctors in Devon remind their patients “We are here for you”

Devon’s GPs practices have been working tirelessly over the last year, managing the pandemic response and delivery of the NHS COVOD-19 vaccination programme. But they want to remind people that GP practices are open and patients should get in touch when they need to.

Over the last 12 months in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay there have been:

  • More than 4 million face to face
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New pharmacy vaccination sites added in Devon

Two new vaccination sites have opened at pharmacies in Devon and can be booked through the National Booking Service .

Well Plympton and Well Kingsbridge pharmacies are each able to vaccinate up to 270 people a week. This means there are now seven pharmacies offering vaccinations across Devon. Pharmacy vaccination sites are also running in Exmouth, Brixham, Plymouth, Lynton and...

Can I have the Covid-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant?

Reassurance for women on pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding

The NHS in Devon is offering reassurance to women that they can have the Covid-19 vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding and that it will not impact on their fertility.

Government advice states that:

  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on fertility or your chances of becoming
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Can I have the Covid-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant?

Reassurance for women on pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding

The NHS in Devon is offering reassurance to women that they can have the Covid-19 vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding and that it will not impact on their fertility.

Government advice states that:

  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on fertility or your chances of becoming
  • ...

People in Devon urged to have vital second dose of life-saving COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS in Devon is reminding people how vital it is to have both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination to get the best protection from the virus and circulating variants; including the so called Indian and Kent variants.

The number of people in Devon not attending their second appointment has risen in recent weeks.

People in eligible groups are being reminded to:

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Nuffield Health Plymouth hospital awarded for commitment to patient safety

Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital is celebrating after being named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider after successfully completing a national programme of local data audits.

The NJR monitors the performance of hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement operations to improve clinical outcomes for the benefit of patients, clinicians and industry. The...

Urgent call for West Country COVID sufferers to volunteer for unique genetic research study

Urgent call for West Country COVID sufferers to volunteer for unique genetic research study

Scientists involved in a ground-breaking COVID-19 genetic study are urgently calling for people across the West Country who caught the virus but did not require hospital treatment to volunteer to help with their research.

For the past 12 months, a group of NHS doctors and scientists involved in the GenOMICC COVID-19 Study have been trying to find out why some people who had the virus...

Health professionals begin "green prescribing trial" at Devon wood

Visiting woodland could be just what the doctor ordered as phase two of a unique “green social prescribing trial for young people” begins

Health professionals have been getting out to a Devon woodland in a unique trial to streamline how GPs refer mental health patients to nature for recovery.

During a standard ten-minute consultation earlier this week, a local GP was for the first...