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.


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...

Devon NHS worker wins Christmas Community Award

Authored by News Desk

Cult cleaning product maker SPh2ONGE is delighted to crown the first-ever winner of its Community Award: Summer Taylor, a young NHS healthcare assistant from Plymouth.

The SPh2ONGE Community Award was launched in Autumn 2019 to highlight remarkable individuals who demonstrate selflessness, generosity and kindness in their lives and make others’ lives better.

Summer, 20,...

Plymouth student chosen as ambassador for national recruitment campaign

Authored by News Desk

A university student from Plymouth, 27 year old Rachel Rule, has been chosen as an ambassador for a new national nursing and Allied Health Profession recruitment campaign.

Rachel, who is a second year occupational therapy student, is one of a team of student and newly-qualified nurses and allied health professionals from across the country to have been recruited as ambassadors. They...

Devon and Cornwall NHS staff to join 85,000 others in special parkrun to celebrate NHS's 70th birthday

Authored by Mary

More than 85,000 people are expected to take part in a special parkrun UK event on Saturday 9 June 2018 to celebrate the NHS's 70th birthday.

Backed by double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, parkrun for the NHS is the first event of its type.

Staff from all parts of the NHS, from doctors to domestics and paramedics to porters, will join runners, walkers and volunteers...

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...

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.


Committee asks NHS to look again at GP practice plans

Authored by News Desk

A committee is asking the NHS to revisit its proposals which might lead to the closure of a GP practice in Plymouth.

A number of GP surgery contracts in Plymouth are up for renewal in March 2017. Plymouth City Council’s Wellbeing Select Committee met on Thursday 6 October 2016 to discuss proposals by NHS England not to re-procure a service being delivered through the Cumberland surgery...

Reappointment of Non Executive Director

Authored by News Desk

NHS Improvement has confirmed the reappointment of Elizabeth Raikes as Non Executive Director of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

A chartered accountant by profession, Mrs Raikes was previously a Chief Executive in the public sector, including Torbay Council, for 12 years. With an integrated health and social care system in Torbay, Mrs Raikes has considerable experience of close and...


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