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Where can I get boosted this “Jabuary”?

Where can I get boosted this “Jabuary”?

Cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay are increasing rapidly in Devon, leading to a rising number of people in hospital with Covid and causing over 1,000 hospital staff to be off work.

The World Health Organisation recently warned that, while the Omicron variant does appear to be less severe compared to Delta,...

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Testing measures to ensure young people return to classrooms

On-site Covid lateral flow tests for secondary pupils on return to school, with students and staff encouraged to test twice a week

From: Department for Education , Department of Health and Social Care , and Office of the Children's Commissioner

Published 3 January 2022

All secondary schools have been asked to provide one on-site test for pupils ahead of their return to the...

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GP practices to prioritise urgent care and COVID boosters

Following the Government’s call to accelerate the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme, Devon’s GP practices have, at very short notice, reallocated much of their workforce to delivering Covid-19 vaccines over the next two weeks.

This means that GP practices will focus on urgent clinical need and vaccines, and some non-urgent appointments may be postponed until the New Year....

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NHS urges people to do their bit as Covid inpatients increase 

The number of patients in Devon’s hospitals with Covid-19 has risen substantially this month and is expected to continue rising as cases in the community increase.

There are currently 168 Covid inpatients in Devon, up from 111 in early November.

The increasing rates of Covid in the community also impact on staffing. Currently almost 600 NHS staff in Devon are off work due to Covid....

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Help yourself and the NHS in Devon with self-care

Help yourself and the NHS in Devon with self-care

As winter approaches, doctors in Devon are reminding people that by practising self-care, they can help themselves and reduce the need to use busy NHS services.

Self-care involves helping people to better understand how to look after minor illnesses or long-term conditions, and how to prevent ill health by choosing healthy options for...

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12 to 15 year olds to be offered the vaccination

Young people, aged 12 to 15, are to be offered the vaccine , it was announced this week.

The NHS is preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme, supported by GPs and community pharmacies, it is reported.

Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to vaccination.

Healthy school-age children aged 12 to 15 will...

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Covid put paid to transition days: here’s how you can help your child prepare for ‘big school’

How can you reassure a child about to start Reception or secondary school when, because of Covid disruption, they haven’t attended a normal transition day? Former teacher Emma Shingleton of education resource experts PlanBee has some great ideas for calming anxieties Moving up to ‘big school’ – whether Reception or secondary school - is daunting at the best of times (for parents as well as...

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All schools to receive carbon dioxide monitors

Education settings will be provided with carbon dioxide monitors from September, backed by £25 million in government funding

From: Department for Education , The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP , and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

CO2 monitors will be provided to all state-funded education settings from September, so staff can quickly identify where ventilation needs to be...

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Nearly 9 out of 10 parents say their child’s school handled COVID-19 well

A large majority of parents (87%) think that their child’s school has handled the pandemic well, according to Ofsted’s annual Parents Survey for 2021, published today.

From:

Ofsted

Published

20 May 2021

This year’s survey asked a set of questions about the impact of COVID-19, and also found that 7 in 10 parents had received guidance or...

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How to kill those sneaky Covid Kilos over the Easter break

How to kill those sneaky Covid Kilos over the Easter break

Keep it stress free, screen free and on a budget

With two weeks of Easter break to get through with the kids, Claire Spurway (European and World Masters Indoor 60 meters champion) has partnered with Feel Good Contacts to help frazzled parents on a budget to have a stress free, screen free, fun and active few...