More hardship cash for struggling Devon residents

More hardship cash for struggling Devon residents

A new hardship fund is being set up for local people struggling with their finances as a result of the pandemic.

Devon County Council is allocating £600,000 in its budget for 2021/22 to support people who need short-term emergency assistance.

This is on top of the £1 million that was made available in the current financial year.

The new cash will be split across...

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Devon Freemasons inject volunteers to support the NHS

As a result of the call for volunteers to support the NHS Vaccination Scheme which was made back in December, Freemasons and their families from all corners of Devon picked up their Hi-Viz jackets and reported for duty as soon as they knew where they were needed.

At Torbay RICC Leisure Centre where 10 local GP practices have gathered together to centralise the administering of the...

A nurse's reality of being clinically extremely vulnerable

A nurse has shared her experience to warn of the risk of passing on coronavirus to somebody who is shielding because they are clinically extremely vulnerable.

“I’ve never smoked a single cigarette, but in essence the treatment that I am now on is very similar to someone with COPD”, said Lisa Cripps.

Ten years ago Lisa was a phenomenally fit 40-year-old who spent two-and-a-...

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‘Not-for-profit’ GP federation helps deliver vaccination rollout at Plymouth Pavilions

Plymouth Science Park -based Sentinel Healthcare has been supporting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout at Plymouth Pavilions, the city’s largest vaccination centre.

Over 10,000 Plymouth residents have already received their first vaccine dose at the site, with more to come. This includes care home residents and the housebound.

Sentinel is a not-for-profit GP federation that...

NHS sets out how to access the coronavirus vaccination in Devon

The NHS in Devon is giving details on the different ways local people can access the life-saving coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination in the county, as thousands of people are vaccinated every day.

Like other areas, the vaccination programme in Devon is focussed on vaccinating people in priority groups 1-4 , as determined nationally by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and...

Positive case numbers have fallen, but we must continue to comply with rules

Devon has seen a fall in the number of positive cases, across all age groups, Public Health Devon has confirmed.

"The current restrictions are helping to bring down the number of positive cases in Devon," says Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon.

"Devon residents are doing really well in adhering to the current lockdown restrictions, and we're seeing evidence that...

Thousands more coronavirus jabs to be given every week in Devon

Thousands more coronavirus jabs to be given every week in Devon as venues become NHS Vaccination Centres

Two landmark venues in Devon are opening as NHS Vaccination Centres today (26 January), ready to vaccinate tens of thousands of local people in coming weeks.

The Mayflower Grandstand at Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Home Park Stadium, and exhibition and event venue Westpoint Exeter will be offering their first booked appointments to people in priority groups from Tuesday.


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Global first for University Hospitals Plymouth in recruitment for Covid-19 vaccine trial

University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP) has become the first research site in the world to successfully recruit more than 500 volunteers to ENSEMBLE 2, an international Covid-19 vaccine trial, and remains top of the leader board.

The study, which launched in November last year, seeks to recruit up to 30,000 people worldwide in order to test the safety and effectiveness of a new vaccine,...

First results for COVID-19 study into virus immunity

The first results for the Sarscov2 Immunity and Reinfection Evaluation, or SIREN study, currently running at University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP), have revealed that past COVID-19 infection does provide some immunity to the virus for at least five months, but people may still carry and transmit the virus.

The study, funded by Public Health England (PHE) and supported by the National...


Opticians report increase in cases of ‘coronavision’ eye strain on the rise in latest lockdown

People across Devon are being urged to look after their sight, with new research showing that eye strain and other sight-related issues have increased significantly since the first pandemic lockdown.

The research finds that 42% of people have noticed their sight deteriorate since March 2020 - almost double the number of people noticing sight deterioration during the first lockdown (...