South West Helps NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Register Achieve 100,000 Sign-Ups In First Month

People from across the south west have helped a new vaccine trial registry for Covid-19 research reach a milestone. Over 100,000 people have now signed up to the NHS COVID-19 vaccine registry, helping to speed…

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More coronavirus vaccine volunteers needed

    More than 100,000 people have signed up to take part in future NHS trials of a coronavirus vaccine – but more volunteers are needed, researchers say. They want as many people as possible…

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Coronavirus: Public Health England ‘to be replaced’

Public Health England is to be replaced by a new agency that will specifically deal with protecting the country from pandemics, according to a report. The Sunday Telegraph claims Health Secretary Matt Hancock will this week…

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Coronavirus LGBT+ impact survey – Results

    In April this year, Intercom Trust launched a regional survey to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the LGBT+ community. After receiving over 400 responses from across the South West, they…

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The Doctor Will Zoom You Now

Local Healthwatch in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay have taken part in a national research study designed to understand the patient experience of remote and virtual consultations. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rapid roll-out of…

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I didn’t know what to expect when dad was taken to hospital

During lockdown, Tony was admitted to hospital with chest pains. His son, Robin, 35, talks to us about the difficulties family members face trying to find out what’s happening when a loved one is in…

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COVID-19 3rd Phase Response: What have NHS services been told?

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have written to NHS services about the third phase of the response to COVID-19.  We look at what the letter says and what it means for local Healthwatch services.  What has the NHS…

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Queen’s Nurse honours for Northern Devon Healthchare NHS Trust staff

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) is thrilled that three community nurses from the Trust have been named Queen’s Nurses. A fourth Queen’s Nurse has also been honoured for her 21 years’ service. The Queen’s…

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Exeter mum raises thousands for the ward which cares for her son

An Exeter mum has smashed her £2,000 fundraising target to raise money for a ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E), which has cared for her son all of his life….

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Getting the most out of the virtual health and care experience

Using people’s experiences, we have created top tips for both patients, health and care professionals on how to get the most out of digital consultations.     Top tips for patients Ask for a timeslot…

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