Posts for Health

Young people urged to get vaccinated

Prof Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, has warned of young people struggling with serious illness from Covid and urging them to be vaccinated as soon as possible. It is not correct that young people are magically immune from […]

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Covid deaths in SW care homes

A major report published yesterday by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) tells of the devastating impact of coronavirus on care home settings across the UK. Now, a full set of figures showing the number of deaths registered as COVID-19 for each individual care home in the UK, from 10th April […]

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Cornwall turns increasingly purple on the Covid map

The Covid-19 incidence rate in parts of Newquay now shows that more than one person in every 100 has the disease. St Columb Minor and Porth are also heavily hit (rate of 933.3) . Case rates are shown per 100,000 people for the 7-day period ending on the date shown […]

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Fundraiser for Valencia

Lovely little lass, Valencia, was born very poorly, starved of oxygen, unable to breathe for herself, floppy and lifeless. MRI showed Valencia had global damage to her brain resulting in grade 3 severe HIE (hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy). As Valencia grew, she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, affecting all limbs; she cannot […]

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Top tips for dealing with the heat

From Devon Council: The Met Office has issued a ‘Level 3 Amber Extreme Heat Warning’ for all of the South West, with temperatures expected to peak with highs of 30C on Thursday. Most of us welcome the arrival of summer, with the chance to get outside and enjoy the sunny weather. […]

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Extreme heat warning for SW

From the Met Office: The Met Office has issued its first ever Amber Extreme Heat Warning as large areas of the UK will continue to see hot conditions this week. The Extreme Heat Warning, which is issued with partners including public health partners across the UK, will cover a large part of Wales, all of southwest England […]

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Busy Bude weekend

Like thousands of others (it seemed) I was at Summerleaze beach on Sunday baking in the heat. The sea was warm – that was packed, too. I was there because family were in the south-west and wanted to try surfing, despite the waves being minimal, and the heat being excessive. […]

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Covid rates up as local businesses proceed with caution

So, ‘freedom’ day! I was in Bude this morning. There seems to be less social distancing on the streets, but the businesses I visited are all still adhering to social distancing, masks and cleanliness guidelines. On social media, there are requests to be kind. Sad that we have to request […]

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Cornwall Council asks people to stay safe after 19th

From Cornwall Council: While compulsory Covid restrictions are set to be lifted on Monday, 19 July, the message from national government is that the pandemic is not over yet. The Council and Cornwall’s Public Health team are joining the government in urging us all to be responsible, be respectful and make safe choices […]

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Beware of the heat in Bude later

I walked the dog on the beach this morning. Before 9 am, we were already at 23/24 degrees and she was soon too hot. Now safely home. According to Netweather, temperatures in Bude are set to reach 28 degrees by 1 pm, but it will feel like 33 degrees, so […]

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Public Health England heat alert for the weekend

From Public Health England: Much of England is forecast to experience very warm weather from Saturday night through to Tuesday morning. Dr Owen Landeg, Scientific and Technical Lead at PHE, said: Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for many people spells of warmer weather are […]

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Covid cases rise dramatically in SW

In the 7 days to the 9th July, Devon as a whole has seen a rise of 731 Covid cases, totalling 1849. Cornwall totals 1105 for the same period. Torridge numbers are up but not as bad as the rest of Devon, on 64. Cases in Braunton are up to […]

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19th July re-opening update

Just over half of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, but 19th July marks the final day of Covid unlocking. This means: all businesses can re-open mask wearing and social distancing are left to individual autonomy, though the language of government suggests people are expected to wear a mask on […]

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Covid numbers rise as we move towards greater freedoms

There are all sorts of stories out there about how many people would prefer ‘lockdown’ release to be more gradual, and how many people will continue to don their masks in crowded/indoor environments after 19th July, as concerns rise about removal of legal restrictions. Doctors are said to be profoundly […]

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Bespoke taxi link to aid Bude branch of charity

Trev’s Taxi now has cards in his cab with a QR code to take you to the Animal Free Research page, where you can find out more but also donate to the charity. If you are keen on keeping your support local to the SW, it is a bespoke donation […]

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