Health & Beauty

Life admin to take care of during the pandemic

The pandemic has completely changed life for everyone this year and made many people hit pause on their regular life which has inevitably led to people to reflect. Even with experience slowly returning to normal, people are still spending a lot more time at home and not doing the things that...

Sarah Parker

Sarah Parker


59% of the UK are self-diagnosing their health symptoms online before contacting their GP, leaving 16% with a condition undiagnosed

Authored by Sarah Parker

Online contact lens retailer and vision care experts, Lenstore , has conducted a survey finding out how often people across the UK are turning to Google when it comes to diagnosing their health symptoms

  • People in the UK worry about their health on average 1.6 times every week
  • 59% of people in the UK Google their symptoms before seeing a doctor, with 30% admitting it’s
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New membership scheme at The Box to give exclusive access to exhibitions and events

Authored by Mary

With the launch date for The Box fast approaching, Plymouth’s major new museum, gallery and archive has launched a membership scheme offering a range of benefits for individuals and households.

An individual membership costs just £25 per year. The package is for one adult who can then bring up to three children (aged under 16) with them.

For couples and larger families there...

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

Authored by Mary

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...

A guide for anyone struggling with life after lockdown: How to rebuild your self-confidence

Authored by Sarah Parker

Did your confidence take a serious knock during those long, arduous months of lockdown? Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that your self-esteem is going to be adversely affected forever. There are things you can do to reclaim your sense of self; you just have to give it time.

If you want to rebuild your self-confidence and enjoy a fruitful end to 2020, be sure to put the advice laid out...

Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital welcomes patients choosing their care as part of new NHS agreement during pandemic

Authored by Mary

Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity, has welcomed the opportunity to support patients at its Plymouth Hospital with elective hospital care as part of the independent sector-wide contract extension with the NHS.

Patricia Warwick Hospital Director at Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital, explains: “The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone. Our...

4 ways to help a family member living with Alzheimer’s

Authored by Sarah Parker

When a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it can be extremely difficult to know how to cope with the evolving situation. Caring for someone with the disease can be a lengthy, traumatic, emotional rollercoaster as you watch the one you love suffering from severe memory decline. While you may wish to do everything in your power to take care of your loved one throughout this...

Plymouth people’s best and worst sounds revealed

Authored by News Desk

CAR alarms, snoring and the screech of nails down a blackboard are the noises that most annoy Plymouth people the most, whereas sounds such as music and birdsong are among life’s greatest pleasures in the South West’s biggest city.

The Specsavers survey [1] also reveals how much hearing means to Plymouth residents – two thirds (61%) say losing it would seriously affect their...

5 Ways to Make Healthy Eating a Priority

Authored by Mary

Whether you are simply so busy that you are struggling to find the time to cook nutritious meals, or whether you have fallen into some negative eating habits over the years, there is no denying that eating healthily can sometimes prove challenging. As challenging as it may be, its importance cannot be emphasised enough. Here are a few easy ways to ensure that vitamin-rich foods form a regular...

Farmers invited to virtual mental health seminar

Authored by Mary

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards are holding an online event to promote mental health and wellbeing in the farming community on Friday 31 July.

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and increasing industry pressures mean that the region’s farmers are under pressure more than ever. This has led to increased incidents of mental illness within the industry.

To recognise this...

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Innovations by Devon's health visitors lead the way nationally

Authored by Mary

Digital innovations by Devon’s health visitors, which ensure that new parents receive the support they need during the Coronavirus pandemic, have been recognised nationally.

Devon County Council’s Health Visitor Service has been quick to respond to the pandemic and offer virtual appointments, new birth phone and video appointments and specialist support groups, including infant...