Keep it up as hope on the horizon

“Hope is on the horizon but for now, please stay home as much as you can and be extra careful when you need to go out”, says Steve Brown, Devon’s Director of Public Health.

“The steep rise in Covid cases we have seen since Christmas now looks like it’s beginning to level off in Devon and our numbers are stabilising,” he says.

“That is down to each and every person sticking...

Thank you for staying safe, says Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park has thanked everyone for following the stay at home guidance and has asked that people continue to ‘think twice’ before travelling for exercise. The plea comes as more than 80,000 deaths were recorded and follows a statement from Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty on national alert levels . Staying at home and making use of spaces from the doorstep is a simple and...

Lockdown, pandemic, stay home

Advice to "think twice" before leaving home

Devon’s Director of Public Health, Steve Brown, has called on us all to be extra vigilant in following the Government’s COVID-19 lockdown rules, and to “think twice” before we leave our homes.

This follows a stark warning from the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, that the next few weeks will be “the worst” of the pandemic for the NHS, and that the UK will go through the...

Children with anxiety invited to take part in study looking at how treatments can be delivered in line with COVID-19 social distancing rules

Parents of 5-12 year old children from Devon who suffer from anxiety are being invited to join a research study looking at the best way to deliver treatment for child anxiety problems when there are social-distancing restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

The Co-CAT study (Child Anxiety Treatment in the context of COVID-19) is being led by Professor Cathy Creswell at the University...

Patients should continue to attend appointments

A Plymouth hospital is urging patients who have an outpatient appointment or who are due for surgery to attend as planned despite the introduction of a national lockdown.

The team at Practice Plus Group Hospital Plymouth are advising patients that, unless they are told otherwise by the hospital, all planned treatments and appointments will go ahead.

They also ask that...

Devon County Council leader's pledge on lockdown

Devon County Council stands ready to help those who are most badly affected by the latest lockdown, council leader John Hart declared today.

And he appealed to everyone in the county to abide by the rules and defeat the latest virulent strain of the virus.

Mr Hart said the arrangements that had been made during the first two lockdowns were already in place to...

NHS, Christmas, Covid-19, New Year

A difficult year – with hope for the future

A joint New Year message from Steve Brown, director of public health Devon County Council and Dr Rob Dyer, NHS medical director for Devon.

It is customary at this time of year to reflect, to look at the last 12-months – and then to look ahead.

2020 was certainly like no other for many of us.

What we expected at the beginning of the year - the usual trials and...

covid, coronavirus

Prime Minister announces national lockdown

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown in response to rising case numbers across the UK, to take affect from midnight tonight.

In his address to the nation this evening, Mr Johnson instructed people to stay at home and only to leave their house for essential reasons, such as shopping, working (if not possible to work from home), exercise, medical assistance, and to...

Devon to move up to Tier 3

The government has reviewed the tier restrictions, and Devon is to move up to Tier 3 from Thursday 31 December.

That means:

  • You must not meet socially indoors with anybody who you do not live with, or you are not in a support bubble with*.
  • You must not meet socially outdoors (in a private garden or at most outdoor public venues) with anybody who
  • ...

Plymouth Tesco shoppers donate 1,700 meals to those in need this Christmas

Generous Tesco shoppers across Plymouth have been thanked after donating 1,740 meals to feed people in their communities amid this year’s Covid-19 pandemic.

During the annual Tesco Food Collection at the end of November, local shoppers donated enough packets, tins and boxes to help the Trussell Trust and FareShare in their vital work.

An additional Tesco Food Collection held...