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Over 5m vaccinations administered in the South West

The NHS in the South West has now administered over five million vaccinations, as the biggest and fastest vaccine drive in NHS history continues at pace. Figures published today (12 May) show over 1.7m local people have maximum protection from Covid-19 after receiving both doses of the vaccination. The vaccination programme will open tomorrow (Thursday) […]

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More Than A Million Children Given Access to NHS Mental Health Support At School

More than a million children and young people will have access to mental health support at school, as the NHS rapidly expands services to help deal with the huge disruption caused by coronavirus and lockdown. From this year, teams of experts are offering support to children experiencing anxiety, depression, and other common mental health issues. […]

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Over 1m second vaccination doses delivered in the South West

Over one million people in the South West have now received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This milestone comes as the number of people in the region who have received their first dose tops three million. The second vaccine around 12 weeks later maximises protection against COVID-19 infection.   Regional Director of NHS […]

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New Dedicated Mental Health Services for New, Expectant and Bereaved Mums

Thousands of new, expectant or bereaved mothers will receive help and support for mental health problems through dozens of new dedicated hubs which are being set up across the country. The 26 new hubs will bring together maternity services, reproductive health and psychological therapy under one roof as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. […]

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NHS encourages patients to order and collect prescriptions ahead of Easter

Are you planning to stay local this Easter? Make sure you’ve collected your prescription in good time for the Bank Holiday. Take a few minutes to think about your health by ordering and collecting any repeat prescriptions early, ahead of bank holiday when some GP practices and pharmacies will be closed. Dr Peter Wilson, Medical […]

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NHS South West encourages people to seek support following sexual assault

Women living in the South West who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual assault are being urged to contact the NHS for support, as the number of people seeking help halved during the first lockdown. Following recent high-profile events highlighting sexual abuse and the increase in women sharing their experiences of assault and harassment, both […]

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Debbie Stark has been appointed as the new Regional Director for Public Health England (PHE) South West and NHS Regional Director of Public Health.

Debbie, previously the Deputy Director of PHE South West, has been acting in this role since Debra Lapthorne’s retirement in December 2020 and has now been formally appointed. As the Deputy Director for PHE South West since 2015, Debbie has already overseen a range of public health issues and achievements in the South West, working […]

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NHS Rolls Out Capsule Cameras to Test for Cancer in South West

Miniature cameras which patients can swallow to get checked for cancer are being trialled across the South West NHS. The imaging technology, in a capsule no bigger than a pill, can provide a diagnosis within hours. Known as a colon capsule endoscopy, the cameras are the latest NHS innovation to help patients access cancer checks […]

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Over 2m vaccinations administered in the South West

Over two million vaccinations have now been delivered by the NHS in the South West, as the biggest and fastest vaccine drive in NHS history continues at pace. NHS staff, alongside volunteers, have been jabbing people in over 100 sites across the region. The NHS is working with local communities to make it as easy […]

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