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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...

Got a minor illness and not sure whether to visit your GP? Try your pharmacy first!

Authored by News Desk

People in Devon are being encouraged to try their pharmacy first if they pick up a cough or cold and aren’t sure whether to visit their doctor.

GP practices and hospital emergency departments are often under even more pressure at this time of year and pharmacies can provide a fast route to medication for minor ailments like aches and pains, sore throat, coughs, colds, flu-like symptoms...

Game assesses emotional development of children with autism or Asperger's Syndrome

Authored by Mary

An interactive game which could enhance emotional awareness and regulation among young people has been developed by scientists from Plymouth University.

Emodiscovery is designed for children aged 8-12, and aims to assess their skills to regulate others’ emotions in a variety of situations

It is being targeted at all children, but scientists hope it will enable them to compare...

Graduate who beat brain cancer sets up hardship fund

Authored by JamesM

A brave graduate who overcame a brain tumour while studying for her degree has set up a hardship fund for use in emergency situations where a student suddenly falls ill.

April Watkins, 22, graduated from Plymouth University last week with a 2:1 in Sociology after she was forced to miss most of her first year as she battled the life-threatening condition.

April needed an...