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.


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...

Online GP consultations leap in first week

Authored by Mary

In their first week of full operation, around 1,000 online GP consultations were made to Beacon Medical Group, with 42% of all patient contacts in that first week made via online GP consultations.

Some 62.7% of patients who used an online GP consultation did not need an appointment, freeing up appointments for those who did. Anyone who used the online GP consultation service and who...

‘Outstanding’ hospital to hold recruitment open day for nurses and radiographers

Authored by Mary

Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in Plymouth, the first hospital of its kind in the country to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, is on the lookout for more nurses and radiographers to join its successful teams.

The hospital would like to hear from Nursing and Midwifery Council registered nurses, and Health and Care Professions Council registered operating department...

Olympic diver officially opens doors of new Devon sk:n clinic

Authored by PlymouthPRnews

The doors of Devon’s first sk:n clinic have now officially opened, at Hyde Park in Plymouth, with the award-winning national skin clinic brand hosting a VIP launch event to celebrate the occasion. British Olympic diver and decorated sports star, Tonia Couch, cut the ribbon to officially open the new clinic, with guests being treated to exclusive demonstrations of the latest in skin care...

International award for medical educator

Authored by News Desk

Dr. Tom Gale from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) was presented with the Teaching Innovation Award by the Association of Medical Educators in Europe, for his work in developing a simulated training module for health care workers and communities in Ebola-hit West Africa.

The module, which uses computer gaming technology, was developed by Dr Gale...

Plymouth woman owes her life to diabetes clinical research

Authored by Mary

Jane Owen of Plymouth believes she wouldn’t have survived Diabetes if it wasn’t for treatment advances informed by clinical research.

Having taken part in five research studies Jane says she can manage her health condition better and feels she is giving something back to the NHS which has looked after her so well. Jane was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 11 years old. She...

Study recruits volunteers to trial new treatment for alcoholism

Authored by Mary

A study which aims to evaluate the use of the drug ketamine as a treatment for people with severe alcohol disorder, or alcoholism, is currently recruiting volunteers in the South West.

‘KARE’ (Ketamine for reduction of Alcoholic Relapse) was awarded funding through the Biomedical Catalyst, a joint initiative between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Innovate UK to support...

Funding grant for potential ‘over-the-counter’ saliva test for gum disease

Authored by Mary

A research study at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry which aims to develop a simple saliva test for gum disease (periodontitis), has received a grant award from the Oral and Dental Research Trust.

Periodontitis is a common inflammatory oral disease that affects the supporting structures of the teeth (gums and bone). It is also linked to other diseases such as diabetes...

Technique measures oxygen levels in 3D cells used for toxicity testing

Authored by Mary

A non-destructive technique which can measure the concentration and consumption of oxygen in 3D models of biological cells has been developed by Plymouth University in partnership with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

Using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) oximetry, scientists assessed the gradient of oxygen concentration within spheroids, 3D cell cultures typically used for...


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