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Life-saving ‘early warning system’ device offered to eligible patients with coronavirus in Devon

People with Covid in Devon, who are over 65 or are clinically extremely vulnerable, are being encouraged to ask their GP about using a potentially life-saving device at home to check their blood oxygen levels are not getting dangerously low.

Under a new NHS scheme called Covid Oximetry at Home, eligible patients can be given a pulse oximeter – a small and simple device that measures levels of oxygen in the blood – to use in the comfort and safety of their home during the first 14 days of symptoms.

The service is available to patients who have coronavirus and are...

Exmouth RNLI called to paddleboarders in distress

Authored by Exmouth RNLI
Posted: Sun, 02/28/2021 - 12:37pm

Exmouth RNLI volunteer crew members launched today following a report of two paddleboarders needing help in the sea off the Exmouth coastline.

At 10.26am today Sunday 28 February 2021 the Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II was tasked by H.M. Coastguard to a report of two paddleboarders who had become distressed some distance from the shore and found themselves unable to return.

The lifeboat, crewed by Helm, Guy Munnings, and RNLI volunteer crew Mark Cockman and James Edge launched at 10:39am and was able to quickly locate the casualties.

Both were...

Exeter researcher writes book for Attenborough series

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 02/27/2021 - 8:59pm

A University of Exeter scientist has written a book to accompany a new Sir David Attenborough TV series.

Life in Colour, by Professor Martin Stevens , is now available – while the series of the same name begins on BBC One tomorrow (Sunday) at 7pm.

The book and series provide a dazzling exploration of how colour works in the natural world.

"Working on a book to accompany a new Attenborough TV series has been really exciting," said Professor Stevens, of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at Exeter's Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

"The book was also a...

NHS urges people not to contact their GP practice about a vaccination

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 02/26/2021 - 10:20pm

The NHS is urging people who have received a letter from the National Booking System not to contact their GP practice about a vaccination.

Dr Alex Degan, a GP in Devon and Medical Director for Primary Care said:

“Anyone who has received a letter from the National Booking System inviting them to book an appointment should use the website or 119 (free, 7am-11pm, seven days a week) to book an appointment.

“Please don’t contact your GP practice about a vaccination.

“Practices are reporting a significant number of calls which are preventing people who need...

Oscar winning Hollywood Director Cameron Crowe announced as first patron of Dartmoor Zoological Society

The Hollywood Director behind blockbuster films We Bought a Zoo, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, has become the first patron of the Dartmoor Zoological Society charity.

Cameron Crowe, the Director behind We Bought a Zoo which is based on zoo founder Benjamin Mee’s book of the same name, has pledged to support the charity with the use of his name, after taking a key interest in the zoo’s conservation work.

Cameron’s patronage will help the Dartmoor Zoological Society charity continue its vital work. Its mission is to provide a future where no animal species faces extinction...

Residents invited to give their views on future of Magdalen Road

Residents invited to give their views on future of Magdalen Road

Exeter residents have the chance to give their views on how Magdalen Road could look in the future.

Devon County Council (DCC) has launched a public consultation, which sets out several different options for access and providing more space for pedestrians, cyclists and shoppers.

The options being proposed follow feedback from local residents and stakeholders on the temporary changes, funded by the Government’s Active Travel Fund, which are currently in place to support social distancing.

Option 1 would be to make the current temporary arrangements permanent,...

Photograph showing a man reading a book to two children

Exeter Live Better launches World Book Day competition

As a UNESCO City of Literature, Exeter Live Better is launching a competition to celebrate World Book Day on 4 March and is encouraging people of all ages across the city to get involved.

The theme of this year’s World Book Day is ‘Share a Story’ and Exeter residents are invited to join in the fun by sharing the title of their favourite book that’s helped them get through lockdown, with a short explanation as to why it has helped them. Residents are being asked to share through the social media pages of Exeter Live Better – the platform that celebrates all that is unique in the...

Gone Wild Festival

Gone Wild Festival reports 200% increase in ticket sales following COVID roadmap announcement

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 02/24/2021 - 11:15pm

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement of the roadmap for lifting lockdown, Devon tourism and events businesses are breathing a sigh of relief and already seeing a positive uplift in enquiries and revenue that will help them to recover from a difficult Winter.

With international travel looking to be off the cards this Summer, many Brits are dreaming of staycations and looking for out of the ordinary experiences in the UK. Devon is expected to benefit from this, with locals and visitors alike making the most of everything the South West has to offer and injecting lost tourism...

8 Questions to Ask Junk Removal Companies

Authored by BHTNews.com
Posted: Wed, 02/24/2021 - 6:39pm

We came up with this article to provide advice on choosing the best company for junk removal. It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the junk removal companies available to you, both in your local area and even online. You may have some questions in mind right now that you need to answer before making a decision.

Before you ask questions, sit down and make a list of the upcoming tasks. Write down the services you need the company to perform, the price you are willing to pay them, and any additional information you would like.

Now that you have a list, you can move on to...

Lighting the way ahead with new family-focused festive event planned for Sidmouth

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Wed, 02/24/2021 - 6:13pm

As lockdown measures begin to ease, a brand new event combining creative light displays with seasonal entertainment, local craft and great food is being devised to help boost Sidmouth’s Christmas celebrations.

Connaught@Christmas is set to bring a beautifully illuminated visitor experience to Connaught Gardens, making the most of its wonderful location on the clifftops overlooking the sea. Low energy lighting and LED technology will feature throughout the gardens, with plans in the pipeline for themed areas, dramatic vistas and the chance to see Santa himself in a specially created...

Fire-hit waste management firm returns home and expands business

After a devastating fire destroyed its Exeter-based recycling centre in March 2017, leading independent commercial waste management firm DCW has at long last returned home to its original operations site where now stands a state of the art new-build HQ. The move follows a four year wait for the new HQ to be built and is perfectly timed to facilitate the company’s latest expansion plans.

This month, the Zero to Landfill waste and recycling experts also welcomed eight new employees to the picking line at DCW’s Thorverton Road commercial recycling centre. Here, mixed waste is sorted,...