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Patients give popular hospital top marks

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...

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Don't let asthma hinder exam success

Authored by Mary

As we approach exam season Asthma UK is urging parents and students to take preventative steps to ensure their asthma doesn’t hinder their exam success as research shows that having a diagnosis of asthma means they are 30% more likely to drop a grade between mock and final exams.

More than 1 million children have asthma in the UK – around 2 in every classroom – and 4 in every 52 people...

Primary care funding boost

Authored by News Desk

A further £890,000 is being put into a series of testbed projects across Devon and Cornwall to improve access to primary care.

The money will enable schemes involving GPs and pharmacists to be extended into the summer, so their full effectiveness can be analysed and decisions taken on whether they are worth investing in for the long term.

Some 40 different schemes are being...

Neurology team recruit patients for MS study

Authored by Sarah Parker

The Neurology Research Team at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, were the first clinical research site in the UK to recruit a participant to an international observational study of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

The team are also leading the recruitment worldwide, after recruiting 50% of their target within their first week.

Led in Plymouth by Consultant Neurologist, Professor Jeremy...

Don't let asthma hinder exam success

Authored by News Desk

As we approach exam season Asthma UK is urging parents and students to take preventative steps to ensure their asthma doesn’t hinder their exam success as research shows that having a diagnosis of asthma means they are 30% more likely to drop a grade between mock and final exams.

More than 1 million children have asthma in the UK – around 2 in every classroom – and 4 in every 52 people...

Teenagers volunteer for meningitis study

Authored by Sarah Parker

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust's clinical research nurses have been taking scores of throat swabs from students at local schools and colleges for the UK Meningococcal Carriage Study.

Teenagers and young children are at an increased risk of meningitis and blood poisoning due to the meningococcus germ which is ‘carried’ in the back of the throat without causing any symptoms in about one in...

Parents petition to ban junk food adverts

Authored by Mary

New statistics show the majority of parents in the South West believe stopping children being exposed to junk food adverts could cut childhood obesity, as the British Heart Foundation (BHF) delivered a 30,000 strong petition to ban the adverts before 9pm to Britain’s most famous street.

The BHF polled 2,000 UK parents and found 67% of parents in the South West believe that stopping...

Aquarium to host 'quiet' event

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In support of World Autism Awareness Week, the National Marine Aquarium will be hosting a special ‘quiet’ event.

On Wednesday 1st April, the two hour event will invite visitors to enjoy the Aquarium’s surroundings with as little noise as possible, enabling them to appreciate the true beauty and calmness of the marine environment.

The exclusive evening will cater for people in...

Making Mealtimes Matter for hosptial patients

Authored by Sarah Parker

Members of the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Board joined ward staff and assisting with mealtime services for patients last week.

It was one of many different initiatives running this week as part of our Making Mealtimes Matter campaign, which has been organised to coincide with Nutrition and Hydration Week.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of nutrition to...

Testing the ‘incredible’ route to children’s and parents’ well-being

Authored by Mary

A pioneering research project led by the University of York and involving researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, will evaluate newly-developed programmes that aim to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of children under two and their parents.

The four-year project led by the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) at York, with...

£2m study to check if chest scans can cut heart attack risk

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Doctors from Plymouth will be supporting a study to investigate whether routine heart scans for hospital patients with chest pains will help reduce heart attack rates.

Professor Carl Roobottom, Consultant Radiologist at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Professor Jason Smith, Consultant in

Emergency Medicine at...