Patients and GP practices in Devon embrace new technology

Devon’s GP practices are helping the fight against COVID-19 by enabling patients to consult their doctor without leaving the house, either online, by the telephone or through video.

More than 90% of the county’s practices have now signed up to the eConsult online platform, which allows patients to access services from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

This represents a...

Extra access for patients to GP practices and pharmacies over Easter bank holiday weekend

Special arrangements are in place to make sure people in Devon can access GP and pharmacy services over the Easter weekend.

To respond to the current high demand from patients, GP practices across Devon, Torbay and Plymouth will be opening on Good Friday and Easter Monday as if they were normal working weekdays – from 8am to 6pm. Since the start of the outbreak, practices across the...

Body found believed to be missing junior doctor Rose Polge

Police believe the body of a woman found in the sea off Portland in Dorset could be that of missing Torbay Hospital junior doctor Rose Polge.

A Devon and Cornwall Police statement said: "On Friday the 1st April, a woman's body was recovered from the sea east of Portland Headland, Dorset.

"Police are currently working on the belief that the body is that of 25-year old missing...

Plymouth doctor to represent Great Britain

A member of staff at Derriford Hospital has been chosen to represent Great Britain in the International Association of Ultrarunners in the World Trail Championships 2015, held in France.

In May, Dr Sarah Morwood will be competing in an 85km continuous run, with 5300m of vertical ascent and decent. There are a total of 12 team members competing for Great Britain, six women and six men,...

Differing GP approach to sick notes between mental and physical illness

A study which has for the first time investigated in ‘real time’ how GPs approach the negotiation of sick notes, has found doctors taking a differing stance with patients who have mental health problems compared with those who present with physical illness.

The study was carried out by researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of...

Doctor diagnosed with cancer re-runs commando challenge to raise over £20,000

A consultant anaesthetist from Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, has re-run the commando test that he took on nearly 25 years ago.

On Monday 29 September, David Birt, from Tavistock, accompanied by his son, Harry (20) and three friends with whom he has deployed on military operations - Andy Burgess, Anaesthetist, Royal Navy, Tony...