Health & Beauty

The benefits to incorporating plant-based beauty products into your routine this season

For our wellbeing, we implement plants into our diet for numerous health benefits, yet this does not often translate to the beauty products we directly apply to our skin. Countless natural food ingredients are full of vitamins, antioxidants, nutrients, and minerals, which work wonders for our bodies when we consume them, so the same principles should apply in our beauty regime. Here are some...

“Get boosted now”, urges new Devon health and care leader Dr Sarah Wollaston

Dr Sarah Wollaston, newly appointed leader of Devon’s health and care system, has urged people who haven’t yet had a Covid-19 vaccine to reconsider, as parts of the county experience the highest case numbers in the UK.

Dr Wollaston, a GP and former MP for Totnes, took up the role of chair of the Integrated Care System for Devon on 1 December 2021 and has been volunteering as a...

Alcohol use during the pandemic

Limited but growing evidence indicates that alcohol consumption may be increasing during the coronavirus crisis. In order to assess if people’s drinking behaviour had been affected by the coronavirus outbreak, the NIH asked participants to complete an online survey at two stages – before taking lockdown measures and after they began implementing them.

The results showed a slight...

GP practices to prioritise urgent care and COVID boosters

Following the Government’s call to accelerate the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme, Devon’s GP practices have, at very short notice, reallocated much of their workforce to delivering Covid-19 vaccines over the next two weeks.

This means that GP practices will focus on urgent clinical need and vaccines, and some non-urgent appointments may be postponed until the New Year....

People of Plymouth come forward in droves as Home Park records its biggest vaccination day

Staff and volunteers at the Home Park vaccination centre are pulling out all the stops to make sure no-one misses out on their booster vaccination.

The Home Park team recorded their best-ever day for vaccinations on Monday 13 December, giving 3,108 jabs at the Argyle stadium and a further 359 at Mutley Baptist Church. The previous highest number of vaccinations in any given day was 2...

Get NHS advice quickly ahead of ‘winter like no other’

The NHS in Devon is encouraging local people to use NHS 111 online to get urgent medical advice quickly as we enter what England’s top doctor says will be a ‘winter like no other’.

Patients should continue to come forward for care and are still being encouraged to speak to a pharmacist, GP or call 111 if they need urgent advice.

NHS 111 online can direct patients to urgent...

Over 2.2 million doses given as Covid-19 vaccination programme reaches anniversary milestone

In just one year more than 2.2 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay at 43 vaccine clinic sites and over 160 outreach clinics. Over the last year people have been vaccinated in sports grounds, pharmacies, pubs, hospitals, leisure centres and places of worship.

The most recent published figures show that between the start of the...

Public urged to wait their turn as booster programme expands in Devon

This week the UK government announced the booster programme is being significantly expanded to fight the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced that current vaccines are likely to be at least partially effective against the Omicron variant and that having the booster offers a much higher antibody response against Covid-19.

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International shortage of antibody treatments combatted by Immunology Home Therapy Service at University Hospitals Plymouth

The Immunology Home Therapy Service at University Hospitals Plymouth has not only benefitted patients in a number of ways for over 20 years, but it is now also helping to combat an international shortage of antibody treatments. The service, run by the Immunology Specialist Nursing team at the Trust, is seeing greater numbers from Devon and Cornwall than ever before, and now includes other...

Concern regarding undiagnosed liver disease in Devon

One in five adults in the South West could have undiagnosed liver disease, the British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver mobile screening and scanning unit found after visiting the region in November.

The charity visited Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol and Cheltenham, and scanned passers-by who were interested in finding out more about their liver health. Of the 268 people scanned, 50 (...

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