New multi-cancer early detection blood test study opens in Cornwall and Torbay

The nation-wide SYMPLIFY study, supported by the National Institute for Health Research, will investigate a new multi-cancer early detection (MCED) test in the NHS, known as Galleri, for patients with non-specific symptoms that may be a result of cancer.

The aim of the SYMPLIFY study, open at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, is to...

Testing will be the cornerstone of our way out of COVID-19

Testing for coronavirus is going to be the cornerstone of our transition back to normal life, Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, has declared.

With schools and colleges opening up again, and restrictions set to gradually ease over coming weeks and months – subject to the latest data at the time – testing is going to be a vital part of keeping case numbers down, he explains...

Parents encouraged to allow their children to be tested for COVID-19 at school

Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, is encouraging parents to give their consent to allow their children to be tested for coronavirus at school.

“The first step in the government’s roadmap starts next week with all students returning to schools and colleges,” he said.

“Students are going to be asked to take a lateral flow test twice a week, and while it’s not...

New coronavirus testing site opens in Plymouth

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility is to open for those with symptoms to book appointments at Guildhall Lower Ground Floor, Armada Way, in Plymouth, as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.

Testing is available only for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new,...

South West helps NHS COVID-19 vaccine register achieve 100,000 sign-ups in first month

People from across the south west have helped a new vaccine trial registry for Covid-19 research reach a milestone. Over 100,000 people have now signed up to the NHS COVID-19 vaccine registry, helping to speed up efforts to discover safe and effective vaccines. This includes thousands of people from across the south west, meaning they will be amongst the first in the world to be contacted...

Online Doctors warns the Devon public about buying unlicensed Covid 19 tests

ONLINE doctors Vala Health is warning the public against buying Covid 19 antibody tests, currently selling for as much as £250 which aren’t licenced in the UK and might not work.

Vala Health CEO Pete Trainor fears people are so anxious due to the Covid 19 pandemic they may not be aware the testing kits, which are supposed to tell if you have ever had the virus or not, have not been...

Testing more staff to help them back to work caring for local people in Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Organisations across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are working together to improve COVID-19 testing for health and care staff, so more can get back to work helping local people in vital frontline health and care roles.

Led by the Peninsula Pathology Network, they have agreed a shared approach using a combination of locally and nationally run testing sites (as below), which...

Plymouth MP shows how simple HIV testing is

To mark the start of HIV Testing Week local MP has been filmed having a real HIV test to show people how simple HIV testing is.

National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) started on 18 November 2017. The purpose of the week is to promote regular testing among the most affected population groups and to reduce the rates of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late. Last year hundreds of clinics...

HIV Testing Week drop in clinics

Staff at Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust's Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinic will be supporting National HIV Testing Week next week, by holding drop in clinics between 08.00 and 16.00, from Monday 23 to Friday 27 November, which will offer members of the public a free HIV test, which produces results within 20 minutes.

National HIV Testing Week raises awareness of the importance of HIV...

Let there be light - testing for one night

Historic city landmarks will be getting a glimpse of life in the spotlight tonight with trial lighting tests.

Technical trials are taking place at the Mayflower Steps, Mount Batten tower and Charles Cross.

The trials are being carried out to check the effect of the lamps proposed and the intensity of the lighting from the proposed locations.

Careful consideration has...