Health & Beauty

Why you should consider private healthcare in the UK

In the UK, we are able to receive free medical treatment from the NHS. Of course, recent developments in the government have meant that the NHS is underfunded and this leads to long waiting times and a lack of proper healthcare for those who need it immediately. This is why many people are...

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Specsavers to stay open for essential care

Authored by Mary

THE UK’s largest opticians and audiologists, Specsavers, has suspended all routine testing for the foreseeable future to focus on essential and urgent care only.

‘We may be closing our stores for business as usual, but will remain open for care, particularly for key workers. Our desire is to continue to provide essential and urgent services to the communities we serve, as well as...

New diagnostic service brings faster diagnosis for suspected cancer patients

Authored by Mary

Patients with suspected cancer of the colon or bowel can now have greater choice of where they have their diagnosis, thanks to the introduction of a two-week colon and endoscopy service at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre.

The service has been introduced to ensure that more patients with suspected cancer do not need to wait unnecessarily for a diagnosis. They can be reassured and if it...

Devon woman’s sight saved following routine eye test

Authored by Mary

A woman whose sight was saved by specialist Specsavers staff is now urging people to get their eyes tested.

Liz Knight visited the Paignton store for a routine eye test and, using the latest hospital-quality OCT (optical coherence tomography) machine, staff found that she had early signs of developing glaucoma.

With this week being World Glaucoma Week (8-14 March), opticians...

Listen up and stay connected with Specsavers Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

IN a world where we are constantly connected to each other by technology and social media, we can forget that the key to good communication is listening. This is why Specsavers’ audiologists across Plymouth are encouraging everyone to listen up for World Hearing Day (March 3).

It is all part of Specsavers continued campaign to break down the stigma often associated with hearing loss...

Patient pays to end two years of agony

Authored by Mary

Sue Tripp, 64, a care coordinator from Plymouth, had suffered from chronic pain in her right knee for two years. When she was told that she would have to wait for a further 12 to 14 months for surgery on the NHS, she decided that she could not live with the pain for that much longer and opted to have her operation sooner using the self-pay option at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre.


Free advice for couples with fertility issues

Authored by Mary

Prospective patients are travelling to Bristol from as far as Plymouth, Cardiff and Birmingham to attend free advice clinics for people who are having problems getting pregnant, the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) reports.

The clinic, which has the highest success rate in the South West for IVF, is now holding free advice clinics every fortnight.

With around...

Devon Air Ambulance expands service to patients with two Critical Care Cars

Authored by Mary

From 2 March, when poor weather or maintenance prevents Devon’s emergency aircraft from flying, two new Critical Care Cars mean our critical care teams can still provide specialist life-saving care by road. In the Autumn 2018 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £10 million in capital funding for air ambulance services.  Devon Air Ambulance applied for £226,061 of this fund, to...

Everything You Should Know about CBG Oil and CBD Oil: The Similarities, Uses, and Benefits

Authored by Sarah Parker

CBD oil is one of the best natural supplements around, as its enthusiasts would heartily admit, and there’s no denying that it has indeed helped a lot of people with their ailments, be it depression, chronic pain, or epilepsy. But there is another compound which has been garnering plenty of attention from scientists, researchers, and enthusiasts alike, and in many ways, it is similar and has...

Devon woman in film shortlisted for national award

Authored by News Desk

A short film by Kidney Research UK about the impact medical research has had on the lives of people with a rare kidney condition has been shortlisted in the 2020 Charity Film Awards. Shortlisted from 400 applicants the film, ‘Saving Lives – how genetics research changed the future for people with aHUS’, tells the story of Ros, a 27 year old farrier from North Devon who received life-saving...

Patients give popular hospital top marks

Authored by Mary

Patients have given Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre a score of 100% for its ophthalmology services, according to the latest results from the national Friends and Family Test.

The hospital’s day ward scored 99.5%, its inpatient ward 99% and its endoscopy department 98.8%

Overall, Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre scored 94.5% from the 784 patients who completed the Friends and...