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The pharmacist will see you now...

Authored by Mary

People in Devon are being urged to think “Pharmacy First” to fix their winter health problems.

Many people are unaware of the wide range of services available from their local pharmacist and they spend time waiting unnecessarily for a GP appointment or even in busy hospital Accident and Emergency departments, which are often under extreme pressure at this time of year.


Plymouth pharmacists offer fast track to prescription medicine for minor illnesses without a visit to the doctor

Authored by News Desk

People in Plymouth can get prescription medicine for a range of minor illnesses straight from a pharmacy, without the need to visit a doctor. Under the Pharmacy First scheme, trained pharmacists in participating branches can give out medication which normally has to be prescribed by a GP for the following conditions:

• Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) for women aged 18-64 • Impetigo •...

Initiative which halved GP wait times to be offered to 7,000 more Plympton patients

Authored by Mary

Beacon Medical Group is proud to be rolling out its No Waiting Room initiative to Glenside patients from October.

The No Waiting Room initiative will see an Urgent Care Team (UCT), comprising practice pharmacists, advanced paramedic practitioners, nurse practitioners and GPs providing patients with the right specialist, at the right time.

Patients registered at Glenside Medical...

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...

Differing GP approach to sick notes between mental and physical illness

Authored by Mary

A study which has for the first time investigated in ‘real time’ how GPs approach the negotiation of sick notes, has found doctors taking a differing stance with patients who have mental health problems compared with those who present with physical illness.

The study was carried out by researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of...

GPs should be more open in discussing cancer

Authored by Sarah Parker

GPs should consider a more overt discussion with patients when referring them for further investigation of symptoms which may indicate cancer, according to a paper published in the British Journal of General Practice.

In an NIHR-funded study, researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Durham and Exeter conducted interviews with patients being referred for possible lung...

Innovative University and NHS training partnership addresses doctor shortages

Authored by Mary

A training partnership between Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Weston Area Health NHS Trust and Yeovil District Hospital, believed to be the first of its kind, has been announced.

PUPSMD has introduced a postgraduate Diploma in...

Doctors raise blood pressure in patients

Authored by Mary

Doctors routinely record blood pressure levels that are significantly higher than levels recorded by nurses, the first thorough analysis of scientific data has revealed.

A systematic review led by the University of Exeter Medical School, and supported by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in the South West...

Reality sets in for Derriford doctors taking on Arctic challenge

Authored by Mary

Three military junior doctors from Derriford Hospital who will face a challenge of a lifetime tomorrow have told us that the reality of their challenge is finally setting in.

Representing all three of the armed services, Flight Lieutenant Michael Thompson, Surgeon Lieutenant Alex Bamford and Captain George Graham, are now in Lapland and are preparing to take part in the gruelling...

Patients encouraged to help ease pressures on the NHS by self caring

Authored by News Desk

A new poster campaign aimed at helping patients get the help they need this winter has been launched by the British Medical Association. The posters, distributed to all GP practices across the South West encourages patients to self-care , for example when suffering from colds or sore throat, rather than visiting their local GP or A&E.

The campaign comes at a time when excess...