New moves to contain coronavirus in Devon

New measures to contain and reduce cases of coronavirus in Devon and safeguard the health of local people have been revealed.

They detail plans to provide a fast response to any future outbreaks of the virus across the county and help prevent it spreading.

The plans involve close partnership working between local organisations like health, councils, police, schools and care...

Special patient leaves Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre laden with gifts

When patients are discharged from hospital they can expect to take home with them all sorts of advice and the equipment they need. But one very special patient at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre so captured the hearts of everyone there that he was waved off laden with gifts.

The team at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre usually specialise in elective, planned surgery such as hip...

‘We need more women engineers to fuel Plymouth’s economic growth’

A leading Plymouth civil engineer says encouraging more women into the profession is vital for re-booting the city’s economic growth after the COVID19 pandemic.

Katy Toms, South West Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a senior engineer, based at WSP in Exeter, is highlighting the importance of greater diversity of talent ahead of International Women in Engineering...

Dramatic rise in barbecues and litter says National Trust as wildfire risk continues

The National Trust is urging people not to bring a barbecue or light a campfire when they visit the coast and countryside, following a spate of wildfires during lockdown.

Despite recent rainfall, a record-breaking spring of sunshine has left many landscapes dry and created the perfect conditions for fires to ignite and quickly spread.

Since the start of April, several large...

For Our Heroes: Tavistock songwriter's moving tribe to key workers

A heart-warming tribute song thanking NHS staff and key workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic has been written and produced by Tavistock locals, Andrew Lessiter and Violet Ryder.

Alongside his day job as a Virgin Media sales representative for Plymouth South, 37-year-old Andrew wrote ‘For Our Heroes’ in one week, expertly recording and producing a video to accompany the...

Libraries phased return from 6th July

Due to Covid-19 our library buildings have been closed since the 23rd March 2020 and our mobile library and home library service have been suspended. It has been an extraordinary time and we have rapidly adjusted to the situation.

Our physical libraries may be closed but our staff have been working hard to adapt our service and deliver our library service online. Staff have supported...

Luxury food brand donates 4,500 tea bags to NHS staff battling COVID-19 at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Luxury food and beverage brand, Cartwright & Butler, has donated 4,500 English Breakfast tea bags and almost 50 boxes of biscuits to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

With staff at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust are working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19, the donations from Cartwright & Butler aim to not only boost the morale of the staff, but to...

Temporary street cafe licences introduced

Temporary “street cafe” licences are being introduced by Devon County Council to help hospitality businesses to re-open in the coming weeks, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

Although a large number of cafes and pubs currently remain closed, many are already planning for when they are able to re-open.

Tables and chairs on paved or pedestrianised areas...

‘We are still here for you if you need help’ – NHS in Devon reassures patients

Patients who are worried they are being ‘burden’ on the NHS are being reassured that safe, local health services are there for them.

There has been a significant decline in people seeking urgent and emergency treatment across the country since the beginning of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Doctors in Devon have noted a decrease in attendances across both GP practices...

Devon moving forward with Active Travel Fund improvements

A comprehensive series of improvements for walkers and cyclists will be introduced as soon as possible, Devon County Council has confirmed.

The County Council is expecting to receive an initial £338,000 of emergency active travel funding once the Department for Transport (DfT) has reviewed Devon’s plans, which need to be submitted this Friday (5 June).

Over 200 extra cycle...