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Visiting Devon? Here’s how to access medical help if you need it

Each summer, data from our four emergency departments suggests that up to one quarter of patients are visitors to the county.

Devon’s NHS is reminding visitors to the county that there are plenty of options available to them, should they get injured or poorly while on holiday or if they have left their medication at home.

In the vast majority of cases a pharmacist can help you with advice and over the counter remedies. Whether it’s sunburn, an insect bite, an upset stomach or earache a local pharmacy can offer quick and easy assistance for minor conditions. You can find...

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New anonymous digital mental health support service launched across Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 08/02/2022 - 11:04pm

A new free and confidential digital mental health and wellbeing service for adults is now available across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.

Qwell (www.qwell.io), delivered by mental health provider Kooth , will ensure that every adult living in the Devon has access to a choice of support to managing their own emotional health and wellbeing.

NHS Devon, working in partnership with Devon, Plymouth and Torbay Councils, has commissioned Qwell to provide all adults aged 18+ with free, anonymous, confidential digital mental health support.

Qwell offers a safe online space...

Got an urgent health need? NHS 111 can help

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 08/02/2022 - 10:57am

Residents and visitors to Devon are being reminded that if they have an urgent health issue this summer they can access medical advice online or by phone 24 hours a day at NHS111 .

Anyone contacting 111 who needs emergency medical care from a hospital Emergency Department (also known as A&E) will be given direct access to the department. Staff at NHS111 can also refer patients through to Minor Injuries Units and Urgent Treatment Centres. This will ensure that people get to the right place for treatment quickly and may reduce their waiting times.

NHS Devon’s Clinical...

Why time spent in nature is so good for our mental health

Authored by PMAC
Posted: Wed, 07/27/2022 - 10:37am

You don’t have to be the most well-informed person in the world to know that spending time outside is good for us. Fresh air, exercise, absorbing that all-important vitamin D naturally; take your pick of the benefits. But is there more to simply wandering around in nature than we realise? Might there be less obvious signs that we’re reaping the rewards as we walk the dog?

Theodore Rosak certainly thought so. In his book published in 1992, he coined the phrase ‘ecopsychology’. Beautifully self-explanatory, Rosak used the term to describe the study of the mental health benefits of...

Thyroid Issues and Hair Loss: Symptoms and Treatment Options

You may have heard of the thyroid gland and hyper and hypothyroidism. However, what you may not be aware of is how important it is that these issues are treated and managed to ensure that you stay the correct weight and have hair on your head.

Yes, issues with the thyroid have long been linked to issues with height, weight, and hair growth and so, it is important to have yourself checked if there is a history of thyroid issues in your family, especially if you cannot put on weight or if you have thin hair.

Here is a short overview of how this gland can impact hair growth...

All You Need to Know about Intermittent Fasting

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Sun, 07/24/2022 - 8:21am

Intermittent fasting, or IF for short, is popular in modern health and dieting. It's also one of the fastest-growing weight-loss trends. The concept is straightforward: you fast for brief periods at regular times throughout the day. This practice has several techniques, but the results are generally consistent: you get more fit and lose weight.

What is Intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is eating that alternates between fasting and feeding intervals. Fasting is not eating anything for a set amount of time. Then you will have a feeding window where you can consume anything...

Is Vaping Better Than Smoking?

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Fri, 07/22/2022 - 6:53am

Alternatives to smoking that resemble modern-day vapes have been in development since the twentieth century and come in many varieties. Their purpose is for recreational use but can also help people who smoke to become less dependent on traditional cigarettes and eventually tackle their nicotine addiction. You might be wondering whether vaping or smoking is the better choice. Of course, if you have never tried either then it is best to avoid taking up something that has the potential to become addictive. However, if you already smoke or vape, then this information can be incredibly useful...

Controversial chemicals in hair care

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2022 - 8:10am

Lately, consumers of hair cosmetics are often attracted by labels such as "sulphates/parabens/silicones free shampoo". But what does that mean? Are these substances harmful to our health in any way? What are sulphates, and are they harmful to health? Are parabens and silicones a threat to our Hair and skin? Whether these ingredients are safe to use is still controversial, as they might not harm us directly but can be dangerous in the long term. Before buying a hair product, take some time to study its composition and be careful with the substances we will talk about below.

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How to find a German speaking doctor in Singapore

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2022 - 4:20am

Are you struggling to find a German-speaking doctor in Singapore? If so, you are not alone. Many expats and tourists have a difficult time locating a medical doctor that speaks their language. Fortunately, there are some tips that can help make the process of finding the right doctor much easier. Follow the tips below to find the right doctor for your needs.

Ask your German speaking friends

Singapore has many German speaking expats that love to call this beautiful city home. If you're friends with someone that speaks the same language as you, ask them what doctor they...

Back pain: Causes, symptoms, treatments and prevention

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Tue, 07/19/2022 - 6:39am

Lower back pain (lumbago) is a common health issue for many people. it arises due to disc, ligament and muscles, nerves, body posture, arthritis, intervertebral disc, and some time it arises due to kidneys,

75-80% of Americans will experience back pain, according to American associates and neurological surgeons. But it improves in 90% of cases by consulting doctors and changing lifestyles.

What is the treatment for back pain?

Many people experience back pain, but usually by adopting good habits , changing lifestyles and using pain medication, it gets better. In some...

Boosting energy, focus, and skin revitalisation with an IV drip

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Mon, 07/18/2022 - 7:05am

IV drips are highly preferred and are very popular among a large population. This preference for IV drips is due to the intensity and pace of effect that one gets from it. For instance, your medication might take a few days to work, but an iv drip will take just a few hours. Besides, it is safe, painless, and an easy way to nourish the body and mind with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Thus, with IV drips, you can get many benefits that help in long-term health maintenance.

IV drips are best known for providing immediate energy to the body. In cases where the...

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