coronavirus

Plymouth is top global recruiter for Covid-19 vaccine trial

Authored by Mary

University Hospitals Plymouth is currently the top recruiting site across the world for the international Covid-19 vaccine trial which launched on Monday this week.

The research team at the Trust have so far seen record numbers of volunteers register their interest to participate in the trial, and have been taken aback by the willingness of over 1500 residents of Plymouth and the...

Devon’s Director of Public Health issues a new plea to "keep our wits about us"

Authored by Mary

Steve Brown, Devon's Director of Public Health (Designate) has issued a new plea.

"There's so much to distract us at the moment with one thing or another, and a lot of it positive.

“We have Christmas approaching and talk of families being able to come together.

“We have new rapid test pilots happening across the country, Devon included, enabling people to see their...

Urgent call for 500 Plymouth volunteers to take part in a new Covid-19 vaccine study

Authored by Mary

Six thousand UK volunteers will from today (Monday 16 November) be called upon to join another leading phase three Covid-19 vaccine study, as researchers around the world continue to work to secure a range of vaccines to help tackle coronavirus.

The latest study, co-funded by the UK government’s Vaccine Taskforce, will test the safety and effectiveness of a new two-dose regimen for a...

East Devon Coronavirus Community Support Hub

Authored by News Desk

With a national lockdown now in place, East Devon District Council wants to make sure that its most vulnerable residents know where to come for help.

The Government is sending a letter to clinically extremely vulnerable residents where they will get guidance on what to do during lockdown and asking them to register online so they can request support from their local council....

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Director of Public Health Devon calls for one more big effort to stop the second wave of coronavirus

Authored by News Desk

As Devon enters a second national lockdown, the county's Director of Public Health is making a last appeal for one more effort and urging everyone to “Act now to stop the virus in its tracks” and help prevent local health services from being overwhelmed this winter.

"Local people and businesses made huge sacrifices during the first lockdown and this really helped to keep the number...

New coronavirus testing site opens in Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility is to open for those with symptoms to book appointments at Guildhall Lower Ground Floor, Armada Way, in Plymouth, as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.

Testing is available only for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new,...

Doctors in Devon issue urgent reminders: face-to-face GP appointments still available, only come to A&E in an emergency

Authored by News Desk

People in Devon are being reassured they will still get a face-to-face appointment at their local practice if their GP thinks they need one, and that they should only go to hospital A&E departments in an emergency.

With the danger of COVID-19 still very much present in Devon, GP practices have measures in place to protect patients and staff by reducing unnecessary contact and...

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Devon residents urged to remain vigilant during ‘critical’ weeks ahead

Authored by Jenna Owen

Since the mandatory introduction of face masks in shops across England on Friday 24th July, there has been much discussion over the decision to formally implement this practice now rather than earlier.

Alastair Lockwood (MA, BM BCh, FRCOphth, PhD) is a consultant ophthalmologist specialising in glaucoma, currently residing at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. In 2004, Mr....

South West helps NHS COVID-19 vaccine register achieve 100,000 sign-ups in first month

Authored by Mary

People from across the south west have helped a new vaccine trial registry for Covid-19 research reach a milestone. Over 100,000 people have now signed up to the NHS COVID-19 vaccine registry, helping to speed up efforts to discover safe and effective vaccines. This includes thousands of people from across the south west, meaning they will be amongst the first in the world to be contacted...

Car sharers advised to take precautions

Authored by Mary

Devon’s Deputy Director of Public Health has issued guidance to commuters and other car sharers as they head back to work or are out and about.

With people asked not to use public transport if possible, some are opting to share lifts to work with friends and colleagues. Young people might also be sharing lifts to places during the holiday period.

Steve Brown, Devon’s Deputy...

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