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Healthwatch Devon is the independent champion for health and social care covering the largest local authority area in the South West of England with a population of 787,200 in 2017.

We take your experiences of using health and care services - both good and bad, and share these with those who have the power to make change happen.

What you are telling us

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Impact & Outcomes Report

What people have told us about health and social care?

In our new Quarterly Impact and Outcomes report we share how your feedback is helping NHS and social care services improve care in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.

In this report you can find out:

  • Which services people are telling us about

  • How people are feeling about health and care services

  • How Healthwatch are making a difference to care in your part of Devon

  • Real life experiences people have shared through our website feedback centres

  • How we have helped people get the information they need, and the difference that has made

Read the report here

Are you or your loved one waiting to get a GP referral?

Have you or a loved one recently been referred to a specialist for tests, diagnosis or treatment by your GP? Did you expect or request a referral but didn’t get one?

If the answer is yes, share your experience with us and help the NHS understand what is working and what could be better. Please take a few minutes to fill out our online survey to help us understand your experience.

Find out more on what a GP referral is and how to get one here

Okehampton Mental wellbeing drop in sessions

Do you experience low mood and need someone to talk to at the weekend?

On Saturdays between 10am and 12pm, Okehampton Medical Centre will be hosting mental wellbeing drop-in sessions.

The drop-Ins will be provided by Okehampton Medical Centre, Community Links, and West Devon CVS for the North Dartmoor Primary Care Network.

For further information please contact Vicky at Community Links by calling 07933 663796 or contact the Okehampton Medical Centre on 01837 52233

Visit the Okehampton Medical Centre website here

Intermittent closures at Sidwell Street Walk In Centre

Message from Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust:

Due to staffing shortages which are being experienced in Exeter and across Devon, the Sidwell Street Walk-In Centre will experience intermittent closures until at least the end of September 2022.

We are working really hard to maintain the service for our patients for at least five days per week and will strive to restore the service to seven days a week as soon as possible.

The public are being advised that if they have a minor illness, to please visit their local pharmacy, which can offer expert advice and a fast route to medication for many minor ailments. You can find your nearest pharmacy and check normal opening times online.

For more serious illnesses or injuries, the public are asked to use NHS 111 online or by phone for advice.

Find your local pharmacy here

Dimensions for Autism September timetable

Throughout September Dimensions for Autism will be meeting regularly for discussions, mutual support and community outings in Devon. The meetings will be both online and in person and each one will focus on a different topics.

If you have any questions please contact

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TALKWORKS Deaf Community Forum

Are you a member of the Deaf community, or do you know someone who is?

TALKWORKS are looking to break down barriers and understand how we can improve their service to further support members of the Deaf Community.

They will be running an online Deaf Forum via Zoom in partnership with Living Options Devon on Wednesday 7th September at 7pm to discuss experiences of accessing psychological support for low mood and anxiety. The session will be in BSL.

If you would like to join the Forum, please email to find out more and reserve your place.

Find out more here
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Government seeks views to improve lives of people with Down’s syndrome

People with Down’s syndrome, their families, professionals and charities are being invited to answer the government’s call for evidence to shape new guidance for authorities to follow.

The guidance will help to ensure those with Down’s syndrome receive the care and support they need to live longer, happier and healthier lives. The call for evidence will also investigate what support is available and what barriers remain with regards to accessing healthcare.

The call for evidence is focused on Down’s syndrome but will also test whether the guidance can benefit other people too. Those with a different genetic condition, as well as their families and carers, are invited to contribute.

Click here for more information

Totnes Pride 2022

This year Proud2Be is hosting Totnes Pride on Saturday 3rd September from 10:30am to 6pm.

Throughout the day there are a variety of events taking place including, speeches, choir performance, live music, community stalls, outdoor games and drag story time.

Find out more about Totnes Pride here

Devon Carers free peer support groups September

Devon Carers offer free support groups that are designed to help you meet other carers, share your experiences or just have a friendly chat for a couple of hours.

Throughout September there are a variety of groups that you can attend for free to meet others in similar situations as you are.

If you are interested in getting involved and are currently registered with Devon Carers please email to request to participate in a group.

If you are not registered, please email, or phone their helpline 03456 434 435 to discuss getting involved.

For more information on Devon Carers peer support groups click here

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations

Walk-in vaccination sessions are available throughout Devon for all doses of the vaccine (first, second, third primary and booster). Book or manage a covid vaccine on the NHS website here

Visit this link to find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site near you

Coronavirus Daily Updates

Get the latest Coronavirus updates daily in British Sign Language.
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