Hospital workers aim to walk 630 miles to help preserve coastal pathways

Staff from Practice Plus Group Hospital, Plymouth, previously known locally as the Peninsula Treatment centre, have laced up their boots to kick-off a 630-mile walking challenge spanning the next 12 months, which aims to raise £1500 for the South West Coast Path Association (SWCPA).

Having chosen SWCPA as its ‘charity of the year,’ the hospital team aims to ace their challenge by...

Pink planter unveiled at Derriford Hospital to support breast cancer awareness

A pink planter has been unveiled outside Derriford Hospital to help raise awareness for the importance of breast screening. The planter, which was unveiled on Monday 9 October to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, was made possible thanks to help and support from The Primrose Foundation, Denholm Industrial Services and Nevada Construction.

Speaking about her vision for the...

Plymouth’s high-tech eye health clinic is training tomorrow’s optometrists 

A sight-saving Plymouth clinic has stepped in to give 60 aspiring optometrists essential insights into the world of eye surgery.

Plymouth University has always sent its third-year trainee optometrists to NHS hospitals, where they were able to witness what happened to patients after referral to secondary care, usually a hospital.

This experience is important to ensure that...

New Orthopaedic Theatres aim to reduce long waits for surgery

People in need of Orthopaedic surgery will benefit from increased theatre capacity in Devon at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

Patients including those waiting for knee and hip replacements, shoulder replacements and spinal fusion, have experienced long waits due to limited theatre capacity and the demand for emergency surgery. But three new theatres will help to restore...

Virtual tour of Plymouths Neonatal Intensive Care Unit goes live

Patients at University Hospitals Plymouth can now take a virtual tour of the Plymouth Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) thanks to the South West Neonatal Network.

The aim of these tours is to help alleviate stress and anxiety for families around the admission, transfer, and care within a neonatal unit.

The South West Neonatal Network developed these tours following...

UHP patient first in the country to be treated with new migraine drug

A patient who suffers from chronic migraines became the first person in the country to receive a new treatment at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) last month.

Anna Walker had been suffering with debilitating migraines that left her bed bound and having to take medical retirement. However, thanks to work by the Headache team at UHP, Anna has become the first person in the...

Visiting a hospital? Wear a mask

Covid rates rising in Devon

With Covid-19 rates rising, people attending health appointments at their GP or in hospital are being strongly encouraged to wear a mask. The same advice is being issued to people visiting friends or family in hospital or a care home.

There are currently six times as many people in Devon’s hospitals with Covid-19 than the beginning of June; over 300...

South West Liver Unit improves care for patients with liver disease

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is proud to announce it has become the first of five services nationally to achieve full accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians for liver services. The Improving Quality in Liver Services (IQILS) achievement ensures services are improved for patients with liver disease.

This means approximately two million people across the local...

Healthcare where it’s needed most as Derriford teams visit homeless centre

An outreach team from University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) visited Devonport Lifehouse as part of the UK strategy to eliminate the Hepatitis C blood borne virus.

Devonport Lifehouse is a residential support centre housing some of the most vulnerable and excluded people experiencing homelessness. The team from Derriford was screening people who might not normally access tests...

Pregnant women in Plymouth will be first to be routinely tested for group B Strep, as part of major research study

Pregnant women and people receiving their maternity care from University Hospitals Plymouth will become the first in the UK to be routinely offered a test for group B Streptococcus (GBS), as part of an important new research study.

The study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme and sponsored by the University of...