Patients encouraged to help ease pressures on the NHS by self caring

A new poster campaign aimed at helping patients get the help they need this winter has been launched by the British Medical Association. The posters, distributed to all GP practices across the South West encourages patients to self-care , for example when suffering from colds or sore throat, rather than visiting their local GP or A&E.

The campaign comes at a time when excess...

GPs under pressure from dental patients

GPs in the South West have said they are under extra pressure due to patients coming to them rather than dentists with concerns over oral health.

According to a poll conducted by ComRes, 82 per cent of GPs based in the South West believe that too many patients are turning to them for oral health advice instead of a dentist which is increasing pressure on general practices.


Think about antibiotic use, urges Devon’s public health team

As part of its public health role, Devon County Council is supporting European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November, to encourage people to think about their use of antibiotics, particularly for children.

The day aims to raise awareness of how to use antibiotics in a responsible way, so that they will remain effective for the future.

Antibiotics are designed to fight...

Devon GPs challenge popular myths about schizophrenia

Doctors in Devon have backed a national charity’s campaign to raise awareness of schizophrenia by challenging popular myths about the illness.

Schizophrenia Awareness Week takes place from 11-17 November and GPs at Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) are supporting the campaign, which is run by national charity Rethink Mental Illness....

Your health, your future, your say – transforming community health services in Plymouth and Western Devon

Doctors in Western Devon are inviting people to help shape the future of health services in their communities.

Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group is set to work with patients, carers, councillors and members of the public to decide how community healthcare services should look and be provided in future.

This follows the national Transforming...

Doctors in Devon urge people to be alert to symptoms of lung cancer

The NHS has launched a new ‘be clear on cancer’ lung cancer campaign and local doctors in Devon have urged people with symptoms that could suggest lung cancer is the underlying cause, to get it checked out.

The campaign, which will include adverts on TV, radio and newspapers, runs for the whole of July and into the first half of August.

It aims to raise awareness of the signs...

Major shift in breast cancer care on horizon as NICE recommends preventative drugs for 'at-risk' women

Hundreds of thousands of women across England and Wales could be spared the distress and uncertainty of a breast cancer diagnosis by taking a daily pill to help prevent the disease. Updated guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says the NHS should give tamoxifen or raloxifene to particular groups of women with a family history of cancer [1] because the drugs...