‘We’re open and we’re safe' - hospital doctors in Devon urge patients to attend appointments

Authored by Mary

People in Devon are being reassured there are extensive measures in place to keep them safe when attending hospital, as doctors urge patients to make sure they take up appointments.

Many services were suspended to free up beds and staff for COVID-19 patients, but as the number of cases falls across Devon and nationwide, hospitals in the county are increasing the number of urgent 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...

SW GPs lead the way by offering Covid-19 research opportunities to their patients thanks to new GP training

Authored by Mary

Research is being placed at the heart of GP training in the South West giving four recently qualified GPs and one GP who is still in training the opportunity to offer the Covid-19 research to their patients.

The PRINCIPLE Trial is a nationwide study into Covid-19 which is being delivered in the community. The study aims to enable researchers to rapidly evaluate different treatments...

Calling all beauty consultants

Authored by Mary

National charity, Look Good Feel Better, is in urgent need of Beauty trained volunteers to help run their Workshops for women with cancer in Plymouth

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is a charity that provides practical advice for women and teenagers struggling with the visible side effects of cancer treatment. Their confidence boosting skincare and make-up Workshops and Masterclasses are...

Kidney patient innovations at Derriford

Authored by Sarah Parker

The renal unit at Derriford Hospital has joined in a national project to encourage kidney patients to play a more active role in their own health care.

The unit has also appointed an Acute Kidney Nurse – a new role at Derriford.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is now one of 23 in the UK involved in the innovative Transforming Participation in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Programme...

Dental project aids communication for stroke survivors

Authored by Mary

A group of second-year dental therapy and hygiene students from Plymouth University are working with the Stroke Association in Plymouth and Chatterbox, to develop a communication aid to help stroke survivors when they visit the dentist.

People who have suffered a stroke can be prone to oral health problems. Loss of dexterity and feeling may mean that they cannot clean their own teeth...

Patients with abnormally fast heart rates to benefit from modification to treatment

Authored by Mary

NIHR-funded study reveals simple, safe and cost-free modification to an emergency treatment for patients with abnormally fast heart rates

A simple, safe and cost-free modification to a technique used to treat patients in the emergency department with an abnormally fast heart rate could improve its effectiveness by more than a quarter, according to a study published in The Lancet on...

Young patients take a health and wellbeing retreat

Authored by Sarah Parker

A group of 25 teenagers and young adults went on a trip to Newquay for an afternoon of surf, sea and segway; to emphasise the importance of health and wellbeing following cancer treatment.

The group of young adults, both current and former patients, from the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Service at Derriford Hospital, were treated to lunch, followed by a talk by Clinical Oncologist,...

Knitters wanted to help with dementia project

Authored by Mary

Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust's Health Care of the Elderly Wards are looking for volunteers to help them make more ‘Twiddle Muffs’ to keep up with the high demand.

Twiddle Muff Comforters are designed to provide a simple stimulation activity for active hands and can often reassure and comfort patients, particularly those living with dementia.

Having something to hold and...

Exercise videos for Plymouth patients

Authored by Mary

Staff in the Physiotherapy Department at Derriford Hospital have set up a YouTube channel, with multiple exercise videos to help support their patients.

The idea of the exercise videos and exercise sheets came after a satisfaction survey indicated that patients needed these to help remind them of what they should be doing. This idea now allows patients to play the videos as many times...


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