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Health News Spot - Health warning! Clicking any item will take you to the full BBC news item which can be distracting!

Covid: Fifth of England hospital admissions aged 18-34

The new NHS chief executive urges unvaccinated young adults to get jabbed, saying it is "so important".

Covid: Pressured oxygen reduces ventilator need

A study should improve care for patients and prevent oxygen supplies being wasted.

PPE: Gateshead NHS Trust first to make its own masks

The masks have four layers, one of which is anti-viral and proven to kill Covid, the trust says.

Covid: Jabs for 16 and 17-year-olds to start within weeks

About 1.4 million more teenagers will be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and will not need parental consent.

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Very good general health website from the NHS information about illnesses, diseases, finding your BMI, growing old gracefully, care of the elderly, over 50s health, children's health, mens' health, women's health, addictions and much more. Really important stuff. Give it a browse and you might live longer!
British Medical Acupuncture Society. Contains information about meetings and advice for patients and health professionals plus search facility to find acupuncturists in TQ4 or anywhere in the UK


Acupuncture Torbay

34 Manor Rd, Paignton TQ3 2HR, UK – 01803 525019

Kim Maidment at The Acupuncture Clinic was recommended to me by a professional physiotherapist due to the acute joint pain and very debilitiating exhaustion following a medical diagnosis of Genetic Haemochromatosis - a serious and life threatening illness in July 2017. At the time of my first visit to Kim in October 2017 my Ferritin (Iron) levels were 980 and poisoning my body (a healthy normal range is 30 - 70) and I was borderline anaemic with a haemoglobin level of 13 (normal range is 17 -22) which was affecting the potential for any medical treatment. In conjunction with the medical treatment I was receiving at Torbay Hospital, I went to see Kim once a month for complementary acupuncture to help my medical recovery. Over the last 9 months my recovery has been staggering and the medical staff at Torbay Hospital are amazed at my improvement. At my last test in June 2018, my Ferritin level had dropped to 33 (!) and my Hb had increased to 16 (!). My joint pain has been significantly reduced and my overall well-being and health returned very much to normal. I am in no doubt that the professional, skilled knowledge and expertise that Kim applied assisted significantly in aiding my recovery and very much complemented the first class medical treatment I also received at Torbay Hospital. Thankfully my GH is now under control and I only require quarterly medical treatment. However, I still maintain my monthly appointment at The Acupuncture Clinic as I believe that the on-going expert treatment I receive from Kim Maidment continues to make a very positive contribution to keeping me healthy. Sincere thanks Kim. Hopefully my comments and experience will help others looking for the best professional and expert acupuncture help. Totally recommended.

I always go to see Kim, he is very experienced, professional and above all friendly. He tells me he studied for four years and has been in practice since 1995. I won't go to anyone else.

The Devon Clinic

30A Hyde Rd, Paignton TQ4 5BY, UK – 01803 500300

Good friendly atmosphere and lots of different treatments to try. Staff are knowledgeable and happy to help. Easy to book appointments. Some are available on the day.

Warm friendly and professional, definitely not your wishy washy approach to complementary therapy. Very practical and down to earth!

Riviera Wellbeing - Chiropractic and Wellness Centre

2-4 Gerston Rd, Paignton TQ4 5EA, UK – 01803 467444

Friendly and helpful receptionist, very patiently explained everything they offer and pricing. First consultation was extremely thorough and each visit leaves me feeling a lot better.

Fantastic chiropractor, wouldn't go anywhere else

Complementary Healthare Information Service UK with information about all sorts of alternative therapies from Acupuncture to Bowen technique to Reiki and Yoga.  Search for alternative health practitioners in Devon.

Alternative Medicine


Unit 8, Rogers Industrial Estate, Yalberton Rd, Paignton TQ4 7PJ, UK – 01803 665626

Highly recommend this firm, great service, a great product.... My phone always used to worry me, the radiation issues are real and since I have had a PHI dot that worry is no more....Thanks guys I wish you all the best with this great idea....


28 Church St, Paignton TQ3 3AH, UK – 01803 666658

Natural Therapist

52 Spencer Rd, Paignton TQ3 3SY, UK – 01803 523796

Useful NHS site with information for every type of carer. It provides details of the services or benefits affecting carers, carers' workers and voluntary organisations and others. Find out if you will have to pay for your own long term care, research money and financial implications, the wellbeing of all carers, the needs of young carers. Search for carer services such as dementia care and respite breaks around Torquay or anywhere in the UK with the search facility.
This is a good NHS site for finding doctors, dentists, clinics, hospitals and urgent care in TQ4 or anywhere in England. It also lists Dentists accepting NHS patients!

BBC Healthy Lifestyle Website - the importance of exercise, exercise for children, diet and finess plans.
This is the NHS website with information about all sorts of mental health issues including depression, breakdowns, phobias, self-harm, over-eating and more.
Search for mental health services in TQ4 or anywhere in England.
Health A to Z, conditions and illnesses, symptom checker. Online discussions and communities, news and topical articles.
NHS site for England and Wales. Health A to Z of conditions and illnesses. Information about the NHS and its services and management. Search for NHS services in TQ4 and Torquay.
Health companion for travellers - offers customized medical kits and advice on medication. Check the tablet and vaccination requirements and tips.
The NHS website with advice for healthy travelling - inoculations required for travel, inflight health. Lots of stuff that you did not Know you did not Know - some of it really important!
Useful travel health website from NHS with travel advice and search facility to find where to get a yellow fever innoculation around Torquay.
For many conditions and symptoms such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, Emotional recovery after breast cancer, redundancy, confidence & self esteem, anxiety and many more. Many on offer. Professional, caring and thoughtful company.