COVID

COVID-19 variant vaccine study begins in Plymouth

Volunteers in Plymouth are taking part in a study using an Oxford/AstraZeneca variant vaccine, aimed at preventing the Beta COVID-19 variant.

The University of Oxford in partnership with AstraZeneca are leading the Phase II/III study, supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which will assess the safety and immunogenicity of the variant vaccine in both...

All adults urged to have second jabs at eight weeks

People in Devon are being urged to bring forward their second Covid-19 vaccination to reduce the interval between doses to eight weeks. They can either rebook their appointment or attend one of the many walk-in clinics being held around Devon.

All adults are now eligible to have the second dose of their Covid-19 vaccination eight weeks after the first.

The Government has...

People in Devon urged to save ED for emergencies - the local NHS is under severe pressure

People in Devon are being urged to only go to their local emergency department in immediately life-threatening cases.

The NHS in Devon is under severe pressure at present due to several factors, meaning GP surgeries, hospitals, community health services, mental health services and social care are all extremely busy.

High numbers of emergency attendances, combined with the...

Brand new Exmouth foodie destination, Mickeys Beach Bar & Restaurant, will be open 5 days rather tha

Staffing crisis for hospitality - Mickeys Beach Bar & Restaurant to close 2 days a week temporarily

Brand new Exmouth foodie destination, Mickeys Beach Bar & Restaurant, will be open 5 days rather than 7 at the start of July temporarily to maintain the highest standards of operation within the restaurant, whilst ensuring staff are well looked after. The restaurant will be closed on two Mondays and Tuesdays in July (Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th and Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th July),...

Celebrity chef backs hospitality vaccination campaign

Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines MBE is backing a campaign by Visit Devon and the NHS encouraging people working in the hospitality industry to have the Covid-19 vaccination.

Michael Caines is one of the UK’s most acclaimed chefs and has two Devon hospitality businesses; Lympstone Manor contemporary country house hotel overlooking the Exe Estuary, and Mickey’s Beach Bar and...

Grant for Covid-safe toys helps toddler group relaunch

Grant for Covid-safe toys helps toddler group relaunch

A grant to pay for Covid-safe toys for children has been secured to allow a toddler group in Plymouth to restart.

Tamar View Community Centre in Barne Barton applied to leading housing association LiveWest for the funds to help them to reopen in a safe way.

The £500 grant has paid for toys that can be easily wiped down and sterilised to guard against the potential spread of...

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
  • ...

Plymouth is the city least likely to break restrictions on Father’s Day

Father’s Day 2021 is falling on the 20th of June and, for those with a keen eye on the COVID restriction roadmap, you’ll realise that happens to be the day before all restrictions ease.

While restrictions have eased considerably already, with families being allowed to meet indoors and even hug, the 21st is the date when rules ease completely and people can mix freely. It’s difficult...

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...

Derriford Hospital reintroduces limited visiting

We are reintroducing some limited visiting at Derriford Hospital from Monday 12 April in a safe and COVID-compliant way. This is in line with updated guidance from NHS England and the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Where visiting is allowed on general wards, we have a Rule of 1. This means one visitor for one hour, once a day, per patient.

Each bed in our ward bays...

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