Health & Beauty

Devon’s biggest ever community movement challenge set to launch

Following a difficult period for many, Active Devon, Travel Devon and Devon County Council are launching a new, digitally enabled community movement challenge. Beginning 6 July and running over the summer, Let’s Move will offer Devon’s communities a chance to move more, celebrate our...




Seven top exercise tips to keep arthritis at bay

Authored by Mary

This week is National Arthritis Week, and experts at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre have 7 top exercise tips to help keep arthritis at bay.

One in six of us experiences joint pain every day. It can make day-to-day tasks, like brushing your teeth, making a cup of tea or getting a good night’s sleep really difficult.

Aside from the physical frustrations that it can cause, the...

Make your Memory Foam Mattress Cooler with These Simple Tips

Authored by Sarah Parker

It’s great that you already bought a memory foam mattress , but it seems like you are having problems with it. Memory foam mattresses are very comfortable to use and they provide a wide range of health benefits as well. However, this type of mattress has its drawbacks.

The most notable problem of memory foam mattresses is its ability to hold onto heat. It means that the mattress itself...

More than one million stroke survivors live in fear of having another stroke

Authored by News Desk

More than one million stroke survivors (89%) live in fear of having another stroke and are scared to go out alone (79%), leaving them afraid for their recovery (79%) in the aftermath of their stroke, according to a leading national charity. The Stroke Association’s startling new findings show how people’s recoveries are under threat from fear itself.

The charity’s latest research (of...

Plymouth hospital tackles flu

Authored by News Desk

A popular Plymouth hospital has pledged to tackle flu this winter.

All 180 members of staff at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre – both clinical and administrative – have been given the offer of a free flu vaccination, and patients and visitors are being encouraged to get vaccinated before they visit the hospital.

“If you’re due for surgery it is safe to have your flu jab...

Mum-of-three says routine eye test saved her sight

Authored by News Desk

As part of National Eye Health awareness week Specsavers across Plymouth are highlighting how an eye examination could save your sight and in some cases your life.

Megan Turner, 22, had been suffering debilitating headaches for months. She had seen specialists, but they could find nothing wrong. She booked an appointment for an eye test at the Exeter Specsavers store, where the...

Sales of anti-anxiety blankets surge as Brits lose sleep over September blues

Authored by Sarah Parker

Data revealed this week has shown a surge in sales of anti-anxiety blankets, ahead of what has been deemed as ‘September blues’ - with the looming Brexit deadline, changing weather, and back to studying worries, affecting sleep.

Commerce platform, Wowcher, has shown a 226% month-on-month increase in sales of their weighted anxiety blankets in August. The trending products, which are...

Why you should choose a FUE hair transplant

Authored by Mike Page

The FUE hair transplant procedure is really the best option for most people and it can be used not only for hair on your scalp but also for your eyebrows. The FUE involves the extraction of small patches of skin containing hair follicles. These sections of scalp are called follicular units and the idea behind developing the FUE was to ensure that there was less removal of large pieces of...

Bowel cancer event focuses on family links and endoscopy

Authored by Mary

Members of the Plymouth and District Bowel Cancer Support Group have visited Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre to find out more about family links to bowel cancer, and how endoscopy is used to help with early diagnosis of the condition.

Attendees were given a presentation by Dr Selina Goodman, a genetic counsellor from the University of Plymouth. Dr Goodman is the creator of Family Web...

A Guide for Doctors: Protecting Your Patients against Future Complications

Authored by Mike Page

You have a duty of care to protect your patients not only in the present day, but also in the future. For this to be the case, the healthcare that you provide needs to extend itself way past the confines of your hospital or practice. Even when they’re back at home, the treatment that you administer should keep your patients safe from all the health-related problems that have the potential to...

Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in top 25% to achieve national certification

Authored by Mary

Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in Plymouth is within the top 25% of hospitals in the country to be named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider.

The NJR monitors the performance of hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement operations in order to improve clinical results for patients, clinicians and the health sector. The registry collects high quality...