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Plymouth residents consider themselves the healthiest in the UK

Authored by News Desk

New research by Simplyhealth reveals that Plymouth is regarded by its residents as the UK’s healthiest city, followed closely by Bristol and Brighton.

More than two thirds[1] (67%) of people surveyed in Plymouth consider themselves to be healthy – a figure significantly higher than the national average (59%).

In comparison, almost a fifth (19%) of Brits consider themselves...

Diabetes UK is looking for healthcare professionals for innovative programme in Devon

Authored by Mary

Diabetes UK is looking for healthcare professionals from Devon to lead improvements in diabetes care. The charity is searching for healthcare professionals with a special interest in diabetes to take part in its Clinical Champions programme.

The award-winning initiative launched in 2014, in partnership with Novo Nordisk, is to address the significant variation in patient care and...

Go dry this January to stop your eyes from doing so

Authored by News Desk

People in Plymouth are being urged to put the brakes on their binging this January to make sure they look after their health.

The New Year is an opportunity to detox and go ‘dry’, and Specsavers Plymouth said this is great news for our eyes and ears.

Dr Josie Forte, the store’s ophthalmic director, says: ‘We all know that alcohol can play havoc with our bodies and it’s not...

Patients give popular hospital top marks

Authored by Mary

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

The hospital’s day ward scored 99.6%

Overall, Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre scored 97% from the 813 patients who completed the Friends and Family questionnaire during the month of December...

Avoid flu – book your child’s vaccination appointment

Authored by Sarah Parker

Amid warnings that new cases of flu could peak over the busy Christmas period, the parents of a nine-year-old boy from Devon who died from the illness in January last year, are calling on parents to vaccinate their children.

The request follows the release of data from Public Health England (PHE), showing that GP consultations across the country for Influenza-like illness have risen...

Choose the right NHS service for your needs over New Year

Authored by Sarah Parker

Doctors in Devon are providing essential advice to people across the county on how to choose the right service for them if they feel unwell over the New Year period.

Devon’s NHS leaders are asking people to do what they can to prevent themselves becoming unwell and make sensible to decisions when it comes to choosing the right NHS service if they need help.

All parts of the NHS...

Hospital festive fundraising makes £1108 for local charity

Authored by Mary

Big-hearted patients, visitors and members of staff at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre have raised an amazing £1108 through a number of festive activities, in aid of the hospital’s chosen charity – Improving Lives Plymouth.

The fundraising activities included a Christmas Craft Fair with gifts and goodies hand made by members of staff and patients; the sponsored wearing of Christmas...

Raising awareness of modern-day loneliness in Plymouth

Authored by ben26rings

A new initiative is being launched in Plymouth this month to raise awareness of modern-day loneliness. Sisters Jennifer Hamer and Carolyn Campbell, who are running the campaign, are concerned about the impact loneliness can have on people’s mental health when working from home.

Carolyn Says:

“Working from home can be great for work-life balance but it can be very lonely. It can...

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 •...

Learn Indian Head Massage

Learn to give an Indian Head Massage! Learn massage techniques to use on the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, face and scalp, and put it all together into full 30 minute routine to use on friends and family. Ideal for the complete beginner, or as a refresher for therapists, plus you can upscale the training now or later to gain an accredited qualification.

Class sizes are small (from 4 to 6 people), so you will have plenty of individual attention and practice, plus the chance to follow up after the workshop if you're unsure of anything.

Students will be paired up and...