From parking to COVID-19 – local people quiz NHS during online public meetings on Teignmouth and Dawlish proposal

Authored by Mary

Local people asked questions on topics ranging from parking and population growth to COVID-19 readiness and GP branch surgeries during the first online public meeting held as part of an NHS consultation on services in Teignmouth and Dawlish.

Friday (11 September) saw the first of six public meetings where anyone can ask questions and share their views on an NHS proposal for the...

Doctors in Devon issue urgent reminders: face-to-face GP appointments still available, only come to A&E in an emergency

Authored by News Desk

People in Devon are being reassured they will still get a face-to-face appointment at their local practice if their GP thinks they need one, and that they should only go to hospital A&E departments in an emergency.

With the danger of COVID-19 still very much present in Devon, GP practices have measures in place to protect patients and staff by reducing unnecessary contact and...

‘We are still here for you if you need help’ – NHS in Devon reassures patients

Authored by Mary

Patients who are worried they are being ‘burden’ on the NHS are being reassured that safe, local health services are there for them.

There has been a significant decline in people seeking urgent and emergency treatment across the country since the beginning of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Doctors in Devon have noted a decrease in attendances across both GP practices...

Use the right NHS service for your needs this bank holiday weekend

Authored by Mary

Doctors in Devon are reassuring local people that the NHS is still there for them if they are unwell and need help, but reminding them that opening hours for some services may be different due to the bank holiday weekend.

GP practices will be closed on Monday 25 May for the bank holiday, but other services are available for people with urgent health needs over the holiday period....

Show of support for ‘true stars’ – more than 100 businesses across Devon share spare Personal Protective Equipment

Authored by Mary

More than 100 organisations across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay have shared personal protective equipment (PPE) to strengthen the supplies available to frontline carers in the county.

Last week, NHS and social care leaders in Devon wrote to businesses and organisations across the county encouraging them to share PPE they don’t need to bolster the national supplies that are being...

Secret garden haven for NHS heroes at Derriford

Authored by Mary

Teams treating Covid-19 patients will be able to step into a secret flower garden at University Hospitals Plymouth after flowers were donated that were destined for the now cancelled Chelsea Flower Show.

Volunteers, coordinated by Intensive Care Specialist Sister Sister Kate Tantam, transformed a courtyard near to the Intensive Care Unit.

Kate said: “The PPE staff are...

New Year swim to raise money for tiny babies

Authored by Mary

Hundreds of brave swimmers will take to the waves at Wembury beach on 01 January 2020 to raise money for Plymouth Hospitals Charity. 85-year-old Terry Clarke, from Wembury, is a passionate fundraiser who organises the fancy dress swim every year.

This year, the former clinical nurse tutor at Derriford, has decided to raise money for the tiniest of babies in the Neonatal Intensive...

Devon hospitals rated among best in country for children’s audiology

Authored by Mary

Plymouth Hospitals Trust has been praised by the National Deaf Children’s Society after it received a prestigious accreditation for its children and adult audiology services last week.

This means that all children’s audiology services across Devon and Cornwall are now accredited, and are among the best services in the country for deaf children and their families.

The Trust’s...

Claire recognised at regional awards for 'Living the Values'

Authored by Sarah Parker

On Friday night, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust's Organisational Development Facilitator, Claire Underdown, was recognised for her empathetic approach, active listening and her focus on making changes to improve things for individuals and patients. For all of this and more, she was named as the winner of the ‘NHS Living the Values’ award at the South West Leadership Recognition Awards.


Bereavement Service nominated for special award

Authored by Mary

The Bereavement Service at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Hospital Bereavement Service’ category at the Butterfly Awards 2016 and as part of the selection process, they need votes to help win this special award.

The Butterfly Awards is an annual event that celebrates survivors and champions of baby loss and this year, Mo Cleland, Bereavement Midwife at...


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