hospitals

Hospital staff mark LGBT+ History Month with the NHS Rainbow Badge

Hospital staff mark LGBT+ History Month with a positive message of inclusive healthcare, through the NHS Rainbow Badge.

You may notice more and more staff at University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust wearing an NHS Rainbow badge. Here is the very important reason why (and it might not be the one you think):

It is correct that the NHS Rainbow has been prominent in the covid...

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When you should call 999 this Christmas

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is reminding people only to call 999 in a genuine life-threatening emergency this Christmas.

The trust is anticipating a high demand for the 999 service over the festive period, due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic alongside normal winter pressures.

It has dealt with around 2,650 calls a day so far...

NHS organisations in Devon are working together to manage COVID-19 and keep essential services running

NHS organisations across Devon are sharing their resources and expertise to manage the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, prepare for winter and keep essential services running.

As COVID-19 infections rise, health and social care partners are preparing for an increase in patients with the virus at hospitals in coming months.

The most recently published data show 517...

From parking to COVID-19 – local people quiz NHS during online public meetings on Teignmouth and Dawlish proposal

Local people asked questions on topics ranging from parking and population growth to COVID-19 readiness and GP branch surgeries during the first online public meeting held as part of an NHS consultation on services in Teignmouth and Dawlish.

Friday (11 September) saw the first of six public meetings where anyone can ask questions and share their views on an NHS proposal for the...

Doctors in Devon issue urgent reminders: face-to-face GP appointments still available, only come to A&E in an emergency

People in Devon are being reassured they will still get a face-to-face appointment at their local practice if their GP thinks they need one, and that they should only go to hospital A&E departments in an emergency.

With the danger of COVID-19 still very much present in Devon, GP practices have measures in place to protect patients and staff by reducing unnecessary contact and...

‘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...

Use the right NHS service for your needs this bank holiday weekend

Doctors in Devon are reassuring local people that the NHS is still there for them if they are unwell and need help, but reminding them that opening hours for some services may be different due to the bank holiday weekend.

GP practices will be closed on Monday 25 May for the bank holiday, but other services are available for people with urgent health needs over the holiday period....

Show of support for ‘true stars’ – more than 100 businesses across Devon share spare Personal Protective Equipment

More than 100 organisations across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay have shared personal protective equipment (PPE) to strengthen the supplies available to frontline carers in the county.

Last week, NHS and social care leaders in Devon wrote to businesses and organisations across the county encouraging them to share PPE they don’t need to bolster the national supplies that are being...

Secret garden haven for NHS heroes at Derriford

Teams treating Covid-19 patients will be able to step into a secret flower garden at University Hospitals Plymouth after flowers were donated that were destined for the now cancelled Chelsea Flower Show.

Volunteers, coordinated by Intensive Care Specialist Sister Sister Kate Tantam, transformed a courtyard near to the Intensive Care Unit.

Kate said: “The PPE staff are...

New Year swim to raise money for tiny babies

Hundreds of brave swimmers will take to the waves at Wembury beach on 01 January 2020 to raise money for Plymouth Hospitals Charity. 85-year-old Terry Clarke, from Wembury, is a passionate fundraiser who organises the fancy dress swim every year.

This year, the former clinical nurse tutor at Derriford, has decided to raise money for the tiniest of babies in the Neonatal Intensive...

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