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Breastfeeding advice

The CCG is backing Public Health England’s BreastFeeding Friend campaign, which focuses on a 24-hour Facebook messenger service providing personal support to new mums.

Published: 24 March 2017

CCG chair welcomes successor

CCG chairman Dr Derek Greatorex has been congratulated on his four-year term of office by incoming successor Dr Paul Johnson.

Published: 24 March 2017

Text reminder service – get the message

Last year, more than 25,000 patients missed their hospital appointments – so a text message service is being launched to remind people about their appointment.

Published: 22 March 2017

Buying hay fever treatments

GPs are being asked to encourage patients who have seasonal hay fever to buy routine remedies themselves from retail outlets or pharmacies rather than asking for them on prescription.

Published: 10 March 2017

Community health services supporting people at home

Criteria for improved community health services and the closure of four community hospitals have been achieved.

Published: 08 March 2017

Call for people to take end-of-life survey

​A woman whose elderly mother died after falling in her home has praised NHS staff and urged people to take part in an end-of-life survey.

Published: 03 March 2017

Ophthalmoscopy simulator for hospital

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has purchased a state-of-the-art ophthalmoscopy simulator for Torbay Hospital’s Eye Unit, thanks to £65,000 from the hospital’s League of Friends.

Published: 27 February 2017

Intensive care unit opens

Torbay Hospital’s new intensive care unit has opened, offering the latest equipment for patients’ treatment.

Published: 23 February 2017

Final call for award nominations

There is still time to make a nomination for this year’s Torbay Carers Blue Shield Awards – but the deadline for nominations is fast approaching.

Published: 06 February 2017

Groundbreaking online patient information service

Torbay to help people get the right treatment they need at the right place.

Published: 30 January 2017

Use NHS 111 to get the right healthcare this winter

Doctors are urging people to use the free NHS 111 phone service to get the right care and advice this winter.

Published: 27 January 2017

Changes to community health services approved

South Devon and Torbay will have community-based health services that provide the best possible care for the future.

Published: 26 January 2017

Recommendations for future of community health services

The CCG's Governing Body is being recommended proposals to switch resources from hospital bed-based care to community-based care

Published: 20 January 2017

Consultation decision meeting: 26 January

A decision on the outcome of the public consultation about local community health services will be made

Published: 17 January 2017

New you for the New Year

Public Health England’s One You campaign is helping middle-aged people live more healthily.

Published: 03 January 2017

Newton Abbot MIU extends x-ray services

This Christmas and New Year, x-ray services at Newton Abbot’s MIU have been extended

Published: 23 December 2016

Spotting signs of sepsis

The CCG is supporting the campaign to help parents spot the symptoms of sepsis

Published: 19 December 2016

Nominate someone for the BASH Awards

Recognise the positive achievements that people with disabilities have made in their efforts to be more active, safe and take up a healthy lifestyle

Published: 16 December 2016

Stocking your medicine cabinet

GPs are urging people to stock up on medicine cabinet essentials while they are preparing for the upcoming festivities.

Published: 13 December 2016

Help to stop norovirus spreading

People are being asked to help stop the spread of the winter vomiting bug across the South West.

Published: 13 December 2016

Check your pharmacy opening times before the winter holidays

Find out which of your local pharmacies will be open on the Christmas and New Year bank holidays

Published: 07 December 2016

Enhanced mental health services for mums

Funding to provide increased support for pregnant women and new mums suffering mental illness has been welcomed by the CCG.

Published: 29 November 2016

Joyce joins elite group of nurses

Nurse Joyce Pickering has become the queen of caring after receiving a prestigious national award.

Published: 22 November 2016

Consultation deadline

Time is running out for people to give their views on proposals to change the way some NHS services are provided.

Published: 15 November 2016

Award-winning health scheme puts South Devon and Torbay on the map

A groundbreaking scheme to improve the lives of people with mental health or severe breathing difficulties has won a national award.

Published: 14 November 2016

Independent Senate supports consultation proposals

The clinical basis for proposals put forward in the public consultation on local community health services has been supported by the independent South West Clinical Senate.

Published: 14 November 2016

GP surgeries to benefit from premises upgrade

GP practices are hoping to benefit from a major investment boost for some exciting new schemes

Published: 11 November 2016

Wider Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan submission released

The latest draft of Wider Devon STP to reshape health and care services in Torbay, Devon and Plymouth by 2021 has been released

Published: 04 November 2016

Extra Paignton consultation meetings

People in Paignton are being urged to book a place if they want to attend one of five additional meetings to discuss the future of community health services

Published: 27 October 2016

National public consultation

NHS England has launched a public consultation on how it will make decisions on funding for treatments that are not routinely commissioned

Published: 18 October 2016

Views wanted on end-of-life services

Information about the care received by terminally ill people is being sought to improve end-of-life care

Published: 17 October 2016

Volunteer drivers wanted

Do you want to give something back to your community and help patients where you live?

Published: 14 October 2016

GP practice rated Outstanding

Staff at Kingskerswell and Ipplepen Medical Practice celebrated this week after receiving a prestigious Outstanding rating.

Published: 13 October 2016

Extra consultation meetings for Paignton

Five additional meetings to discuss the future of community health services have been organised for Paignton.

Published: 12 October 2016

Get your flu jab

With the flu season looming, GPs are urging people to get their jab now.

Published: 12 October 2016

Top cancer care rating

People in South Devon and Torbay have one of the best cancer services in the country, according to ratings published by NHS England

Published: 07 October 2016

Integrating NHS 111 and the out-of-hours service

Devon’s NHS 111 helpline and out-of-hours GP service is being integrated from October 1 to provide a more streamlined service, with quicker access to medical help and advice for patients.

Published: 28 September 2016

Quit smoking during Stoptober

Smokers across South Devon and Torbay are being urged to take part in Stoptober and join 15 million people across the country who have already quit.

Published: 27 September 2016

Find out more about the Trust

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust is inviting members of the public to attend its annual members meeting.

Published: 19 September 2016

Choose the right service this summer

People are being urged to only visit Torbay Hospital's A&E department when they have a serious or life-threatening condition.

Published: 24 August 2016

X-ray services extended for bank holiday

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has extended the opening hours for x-ray services this bank holiday at Newton Abbot’s Minor Injury Unit.

Published: 23 August 2016

Nurses invited to recruitment open day

TSDFT is inviting student nurses, registered adult nurses and those looking to return to practice, to a recruitment open day event on Tuesday 30 August.

Published: 18 August 2016

Consultation to begin next month

Plans to consult on local community health services have been given the go-ahead by NHS England and will begin on 1 September for 12 weeks.

Published: 11 August 2016

Pharmacies open on the summer bank holiday

There are pharmacies open in the South Hams, Teignbridge and Torbay on the bank holiday in August

Published: 08 August 2016

Don't forget your holiday vaccinations

As thousands of South Devon and Torbay families prepare to jet off to sunnier climes, summer travellers are urged to make sure they have the right vaccinations and basic first-aid items.

Published: 21 July 2016

Paignton practices' merger brings benefits

Paignton patients are enjoying a wide range of improved services after two GP practices merged.

Published: 19 July 2016

GP practices score highly

Patients across South Devon and Torbay have given their GPs and practices a big vote of confidence, scoring them above the national average on all services.

Published: 14 July 2016

Cancer services receive high rating

Cancer patients at Torbay Hospital rated their care and experience highly in a national survey.

Published: 11 July 2016

Torbay Hospital highly regarded by patients

Torbay Hospital received a high approval rating from patients in many areas of care.

Published: 07 July 2016

Cutting waste and saving funds

A pilot scheme to cut medicines wastage and save the local NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds a year has been launched.

Published: 07 July 2016

E-cigarettes advice

Public Health England (PHE) has published its new framework advice for businesses and employers to help them create their own policies on the use of e-cigarettes.

Published: 06 July 2016

Measles outbreak in Totnes

BBC Spotlight coverage of the measles outbreak in Totnes is here, with a measles factsheet.

Published: 01 July 2016

At the Vanguard of urgent care

Plans to ease pressures on South Devon and Torbay’s emergency health services have received a £1.3million boost.

Published: 27 June 2016

Extended x-ray services for airshow weekend

Ahead of the Torbay Airshow this weekend, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has extended the hours for x-ray services at Newton Abbot Minor Injury Unit (MIU).

Published: 09 June 2016

CQC report welcomed

South Devon and Torbay CCG has welcomed the Care Quality Commission’s report about Torbay and South Devon NHS FoundationTrust, and congratulated the Trust on having 12 out of the 19 service inspected areas rated as either ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’.

Published: 09 June 2016

Air pollution warning

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has warned that the South West is expecting moderate levels of air pollution over the weekend – with Saturday seemingly the worst day. The situation is set to improve from Sunday onwards.

Published: 27 May 2016

Pharmacies open on the Spring bank holiday

There are pharmacies open in the South Hams, Teignbridge and Torbay on the spring bank holiday

Published: 23 May 2016

Multi-agency partnership for refugees

Torbay Council has pledged to welcome two families during 2016 under phase one of a national scheme.

Published: 29 April 2016

Proposals for community services approved by CCG

A public consultation about improved NHS community services that keep people out of hospital unless clinically necessary is a step closer.

Published: 28 April 2016

Pharmacies open on May bank holidays

There are pharmacies open in the South Hams, Teignbridge and Torbay on the May bank holidays

Published: 18 April 2016

Visit hospitals responsibly to help protect patients

Visitors to local hospitals are being urged to ‘visit responsibly’ to help reduce the spread of influenza and norovirus

Published: 04 April 2016

Health services at Easter

With Easter early this year, we're asking people to use the health services that are right for them during the bank holiday.

Published: 18 March 2016

Vanguard programme marks anniversary

Twelve months ago, a national Vanguard programme was launched, designed to lead a national NHS drive to transform care for patients, communities and staff in towns, cities and counties across England.

Published: 15 March 2016

Have you taken the GP survey

Time is running out for people to take part in the biggest local NHS survey of its kind, looking at the wide range of services at GP practices.

Published: 14 March 2016

Pressure on Emergency Department

Due to on-going pressures at A&E, Torbay Hospital is urging people to make use of its Minor Injuries Units

Published: 10 March 2016

Make your views about NHS services count

People are being urged to give their views on the health services they have used recently.

Published: 09 March 2016

Pharmacies open on Easter bank holidays

There are pharmacies open in the South Hams, Teignbridge and Torbay on the bank holidays this Easter weekend

Published: 26 February 2016

Debating the hot topics

We are planning three weeks of social media discussion so that people can share their views on some of the hottest healthcare topics at the moment.

Published: 26 February 2016

GP services survey

Patients are being asked for their views on GP services as part of the biggest local survey of its kind.

Published: 19 February 2016

Blood in Pee campaign

​A nationwide Be Clear on Cancer campaign has been launched, raising awareness of the key symptom for bladder and kidney cancers - blood in pee.

Published: 16 February 2016

NHS commits to major transformation of mental health care

The NHS in England has committed to investing more than £1billion a year by 2020/21 to help more than one million extra people with mental health needs.

Published: 16 February 2016

South West military veterans urged to share mental health experiences

Military veterans across the South West are being asked to share their experiences of mental health services to help the NHS uncover and treat problems better

Published: 11 February 2016

Agencies raise awareness of the Mental Capacity Act

Torbay and Devon care agencies are raising awareness of the Mental Capacity Act. The Act provides protection to people who are unable to make their own decisions

Published: 08 February 2016

Be Sugar Smart

Parents are being encouraged to get “Sugar Smart” and take control of their children’s sugar intake.

Published: 05 January 2016

Leatside is Outstanding

Staff at Leatside Surgery celebrated a special Christmas gift when they were awarded a prestigious Outstanding rating.

Published: 04 January 2016

Newton Abbot practices to merge

A planned merger of six GP practices will see Newton Abbot and the surrounding area leading the way in patient care.

Published: 18 December 2015

Stock up your medicine cabinet

​GPs are urging people to stock up on medicine-cabinet essentials while they are preparing for the upcoming festivities.

Published: 18 December 2015

Bovey Tracey Community Hospital

A combination of sickness absence and a shortage of registered nurses to ensure the safe care of patients will result in the temporary suspension of inpatient services at Bovey Tracey Community Hospital.

Published: 16 December 2015

Pharmacies open on festive bank holidays

There are pharmacists open in the South Hams, Teignbridge and Torbay on the bank holidays this festive period.

Published: 07 December 2015

Consultation on Baytree House

Are you the carer of a person with a learning disability? Have your say on proposed changes to Baytree House.

Published: 04 December 2015

Brixham practice is Outstanding

​Staff at Compass House Medical Centres have been celebrated after receiving a prestigious Outstanding rating.

Published: 02 December 2015

Call NHS 111

People with a medical need that doesn’t need a 999 call are being urged to call the NHS 111 helpline this winter.

Published: 02 December 2015

Junior doctors' strike

Torbay Hospital has issued a statement saying the decision to suspend the strike came too late to reinstate appointments and operations.

Published: 01 December 2015

Patients urged to book online

With the busy festive holidays approaching, patients are being urged to save time by booking GP appointments online

Published: 01 December 2015

GPs urge people to get flu jabs

With the number of flu cases set to increase, local GPs are urging people to get their jab

Published: 27 November 2015

MP warns against antibiotic overuse

Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes, is backing the CCG’s campaign on the dangers of antibiotics overuse

Published: 25 November 2015

Overuse of antibiotics is a serious threat

Misusing antibiotics today might mean that infections that were easily treated could once again kill

Published: 12 November 2015

Winter contingency plans approved

Proposals have been approved to temporarily move beds from two community hospitals to Newton Abbot if winter pressures increase

Published: 12 November 2015

Get your child immunised

GPs are urging parents to have their children immunised against flu this winter

Published: 28 October 2015

Kingsteignton practice is Outstanding

Staff at Kingsteignton Medical Practice celebrated after becoming the first GP practice in South Devon and Torbay to officially receive a prestigious Outstanding rating.

Published: 28 October 2015

New medical director

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Dr Rob Dyer as its new medical director.

Published: 19 October 2015

Self-care campaign

Patients are being urged to buy low-cost medicines and supplies from high street outlets rather than get them on prescription.

Published: 19 October 2015

Don't be a hoarder. Don't over-order.

People are being urged to help the local NHS save £1.56million each year by not wasting medicines.

Published: 21 September 2015

Planning for winter pressures

Beds at two community hospitals could be temporarily moved to Newton Abbot community hospital if there is a significant rise in the number of patients being admitted this winter.

Published: 10 September 2015

Help to shape health services

Patient leaders are wanted for a pioneering programme training people to help shape South Devon’s health services.

Published: 27 August 2015

Dartmouth nurse film premiere

A film aimed at attracting a minor injuries nurse to Dartmouth received its premiere at the town’s Flavel Arts Centre.

Published: 26 August 2015

Medical director to step aside

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Torbay Hospital, has announced that it will shortly be seeking a new medical director.

Published: 20 August 2015

Pharmacists open on August bank holiday

There are pharmacists open in the South Hams, Teignbridge and Torbay on the August bank holiday

Published: 29 July 2015

At the Vanguard of urgent care

Far-reaching plans to ease pressures on Torbay Hospital’s A&E unit have been given the go-ahead after receiving national recognition

Published: 24 July 2015

Dartmouth MIU open for Regatta

Dartmouth’s minor injuries unit will reopen for Royal Regatta week, using staff from other units in Devon.

Published: 23 July 2015

Take care as temperatures soar

GPs are reminding people to take care and look out for the wellbeing of vulnerable people as summer temperatures soar.

Published: 30 June 2015

New liver scanner

A new scanner that detects and measures liver damage has been purchased for Torbay Hospital.

Published: 29 June 2015

Centres of health excellence

Teignmouth and Dawlish will have much stronger community health services that look after people for years to come – with community hospitals safeguarded in both towns.

Published: 25 June 2015

Working to ensure no delays

Committed NHS staff vow to ensure no delays to outpatient appointments as new computer booking system slows

Published: 24 June 2015

Torbay Hospital receives award

Torbay Hospital has been named as one of the 40 best-performing trusts in England at the CHKS Top Hospitals Awards for 2015.

Published: 02 June 2015

Dartmouth MIU temporarily suspended

Dartmouth Community Hospital’s minor injuries unit has been temporarily suspended due to staff shortages.

Published: 22 May 2015

Developments at Torbay Hospital

The main entrance at Torbay Hospital is closing from Tuesday 26 May as part of plans to provide a new Critical Care Unit. A temporary main entrance to the hospital will be available via level two Outpatients.

Published: 20 May 2015

Public urged to visit hospital responsibly

Torbay Hospital is calling on families and friends of patients to ‘visit responsibly’ to help reduce the spread of Norovirus.

Published: 19 May 2015

Fighting child sepsis

Parents across South Devon and Torbay are being asked assess the effectiveness of a symptom-checker that helps to safeguard children against sepsis.

Published: 11 May 2015

Virtual reality gives better understanding

Torbay Hospital is using virtual reality technology to help improve clinicians’ understanding of what it is like to be a patient.

Published: 08 April 2015

Wellbeing coordinator wanted

We’re looking for wellbeing coordinator who can work 30 hours per week, visiting people, planning their wellbeing with them, and supporting them to keep themselves healthy, strong and well.

Published: 30 March 2015

Blue Shield Staff Awards 2015

Do you know someone who is making a real difference to health or social care in Torbay and Southern Devon?

Published: 16 March 2015

Information on your NHS number

The Health & Social Care Information Centre has published information on NHS numbers, including what they are and why they're important

Published: 04 March 2015

Consultation extended to 22 March

People in the areas of Teignmouth and Dawlish will have an extra two weeks to consider plans for reshaping hospital and community services for the future.

Published: 24 February 2015

Refurbished hearing booth for Totnes

Patients attending Totnes Community Hospital's audiology clinic are benefiting from a fully refurbished assessment room.

Published: 04 February 2015

Beds return to Bovey Tracey

Bovey Tracey Hospital will be open as normal once again from this weekend.

Published: 29 January 2015

New equipment for Torbay Hospital's Audiology department

South Devon babies and children now have access to a much improved hearing test system thanks to a generous donation from the Torbay Hospital League of Friends

Published: 23 January 2015

Torbay Hospital appoints chief operating officer

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Liz Davenport as its chief operating officer.

Published: 21 January 2015

Temporary suspension of MIU extended

It has been announced that the suspension of Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Community Hospital’s minor injury service will remain in place for a further three months.

Published: 21 January 2015

High demand on hospital care

The NHS across South Devon and Torbay is continuing to face extremely high demand on its services, with large numbers of very sick people needing hospital care or seeking treatment at A&E.

Published: 09 January 2015

New service for Torbay Hospital

Patients can now have neurophysiology tests closer to home thanks to new equipment worth around £120,000.

Published: 23 December 2014

New leader at Trust

Torbay Hospital announces appointment of chief executive.

Published: 23 December 2014

Pharmacies open on festive bank holidays

There are pharmacists open in the South Hams, Teignbridge and Torbay on the bank holidays this festive period.

Published: 17 December 2014

Parking improvements proposed

Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust has submitted a planning application to Torbay Council to improve parking at Brixham Community Hospital.

Published: 08 December 2014

Consultation on community and hospital services

People in Dawlish and Teignmouth will be asked to give their views on two options for community and hospital services.

Published: 28 November 2014

Governing Body wins award

South Devon and Torbay CCG won the Governing Body of the Year award at this year’s NHS Leadership South West Recognition Awards.

Published: 26 November 2014

Recognition for Audiology Department

Torbay Hospital's Audiology Department is the first service in the South West to receive the internationally recognised United Kingdom Accreditation Service accreditation

Published: 20 November 2014

Gallstones patients benefit from high-tech equipment

Torbay and South Devon patients with gallstone disease are the first NHS patients in the UK to benefit from state-of-the-art bile duct exploration equipment

Published: 18 November 2014

CQC report on Mount Stuart Hospital

The Care Quality Commission's inspection report on Torquay's Mount Stuart Hospital shows core standards are being met.

Published: 12 November 2014

Mount Stuart

Ramsey Health Care’s own Serious Incident Investigation Report about an incident that occurred at its Mount Stuart Hospital on 26 July 2014 is now available.

Published: 12 November 2014

Minor Injury Unit at Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Community Hospital

The Minor Injury Unit at Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Community Hospital will be suspended for another three months as efforts to recruit specialist nurses have failed.

Published: 29 October 2014

Search for new Chief Executive for Torbay Hospital

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to recruit a new Chief Executive to fill the post which at present is held by Dr John Lowes on an interim basis.

Published: 14 October 2014

Non-Executive Director Jacqui Lyttle to join Torbay Hospital Board

A new non-executive director has been appointed to join the South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Board, the trust responsible for running Torbay Hospital. Jacqui Lyttle will commence her post on 1 October 2014 for a term of three years, subject to

Published: 10 October 2014

Brixham practices join to organise flu clinics

People from Brixham are being urged to attend one of two specially arranged flu clinics.

Published: 26 September 2014

National Apprenticeship Awards 2014 Regional Winners

South Devon and Torbay CCG has been named one of the best employers for apprenticeships.

Published: 24 September 2014

Helping you have a happy healthy summer season

Health professionals across South Devon and Torbay want local residents and visitors to have a happy and healthy summer by accessing the right care in the right place at the right time.

Published: 22 July 2014

National Apprenticeship Awards 2014

South Devon and Torbay CCG short-listed for prestigious award. South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group has been selected from hundreds of entrants to become a regional finalist in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014.

Published: 03 July 2014