Derriford Hospital to gain two additional operating theatres as part of national covid recovery funding

Derriford Hospital has secured national investment to expand its operating capacity, with work set to begin on two new modular operating theatres.

This development has secured funding from the national NHS Elective Recovery Fund to address the major impact of covid on hospital waiting times, as part of the Accelerator Programme.

The move will see the existing REI (...

People in Devon urged to save ED for emergencies - the local NHS is under severe pressure

People in Devon are being urged to only go to their local emergency department in immediately life-threatening cases.

The NHS in Devon is under severe pressure at present due to several factors, meaning GP surgeries, hospitals, community health services, mental health services and social care are all extremely busy.

High numbers of emergency attendances, combined with the...

Celebrity chef backs hospitality vaccination campaign

Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines MBE is backing a campaign by Visit Devon and the NHS encouraging people working in the hospitality industry to have the Covid-19 vaccination.

Michael Caines is one of the UK’s most acclaimed chefs and has two Devon hospitality businesses; Lympstone Manor contemporary country house hotel overlooking the Exe Estuary, and Mickey’s Beach Bar and...

Local NHS chief urges people to get vital second jab

As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme enters its last lap Devon’s Primary Care Medical Director Alex Degan has encouraged local residents to come forward for their first jab and remember to get their second vital and lifesaving dose.

The plea comes as people aged 40 and over are now able to book in their second jab on the national booking system from eight weeks after their...

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Plymouth Science Park welcomes the NHS Peninsula Clinical Genetics service

The NHS Peninsula Clinical Genetics service for Plymouth is the most recent organisation making the move to Plymouth Science Park . Part of the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, the Genetics service covers Devon and Cornwall and provides medical genetics assessment and support to a population of around 1.7 million people.

They support patients from all hospital departments,...

Ride on treats NHS staff to free Dr Bike Checks

Ride on treats NHS staff to free Dr Bike Checks

Ride On Cycling for All has been awarded £4,000 from the South West Water Community Fund Project to provide free bike check sessions to NHS staff.

A total of 198 staff at community hospitals in Crediton, Tiverton, Honiton, Exmouth, Dawlish, Teignmouth, and Newton Abbot will benefit from 18 free ‘Dr Bike’ events between June and October.

Dr Bike sessions consist of 30-minute...

Covid-19 vaccination programme in Devon enters next phase

Vaccination programme entering phase two – covering people aged 18-49

People in the next phase of the vaccination programme will be contacted and offered an appointment at a local vaccination centre in Devon in coming weeks when their age group becomes eligible.

The vaccination programme is entering phase two as it moves to vaccinate groups 10-12, which cover people aged 18-49....

‘Contact 111 first to get the right treatment more quickly’, says Devon doctor ahead of bank holiday

People who contact NHS 111 online or by phone, at any time of day or night, will get quicker clinical advice and care before they visit an Emergency Department

Doctors in Devon are reminding both residents and visitors this bank holiday weekend that if you need urgent medical advice, there’s just one telephone number to remember – 111 .

By contacting 111 first, either online or by...

RGB offers thanks to those on the front line

RGB Building Supplies has joined forces with 32 other builders merchants from across the country by offering a discount to NHS staff as a thank you for the tireless support provided by healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is spearheading the campaign and until 12th October 2021, NHS workers who visit any of RGB’s 20 branches will...

Former Royal Marine dedicates his time to volunteering at Coronavirus vaccination centre

Former Royal Marine Roy Warnes was recognised by the NHS and military with a commendation during a small ceremony at South Brent Health Centre last week.

Roy Warnes joined the Royal Marines in 1956, following in the footsteps of his dad, grandfather and great grandfather’s footsteps who were also former Royal Marines.

Roy recalls his dad accompanying him to the Royal Marines...