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Why get involved in clinical trials? Read Michael’s story

Parkinson’s does not define Michael Broad – he’s been a keen photographer, climber and cyclist, and has enrolled in many online courses to improve his knowledge of the condition. And since being diagnosed in 2013 he has taken part in a number of clinical trials to help find ways of alleviating symptoms and slowing progression of Parkinson’s, most recently PD-STAT led by the University of Plymouth.

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New ultrasound machine will cut waiting times thanks to the Primrose Foundation

The Primrose Foundation have funded a new, state of the art, ultrasound machine at Derriford Hospital, thanks to the incredible fund raising efforts of its supporters. The machine, costing over £50,000, will help to reduce waiting times at the Primrose Breast Care Centre by enabling more patients to be scanned in a shorter time frame.

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Employment opportunities for Learning Disabled people

An award winning project that supports young adults with Learning Disabilities to find and keep paid employment is seeking interns for its next course starting in September.

Project SEARCH is a partnership between University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust, Pluss, Serco and City College Plymouth who create employment opportunities for young adults with Learning Disabilities.

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New technology to empower Parkinson’s patients

People with Parkinson’s could see their care transformed thanks to a new service involving wearable technology.

The project, entitled Developing Home-based Parkinson's Care and led by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and the University of Plymouth, will see patients use a wrist-worn device known as a Personal Kinetigraph (PKG®) as part of a new scheme to help them and a specialist team monitor their condition at home.

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Patients score University Hospitals Plymouth as the best transplanting renal unit in the UK


The annual Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM) asks renal patients from units all over the UK to rate the service they receive across wide ranging aspects of their care.

In the latest report, 13,700 patients were surveyed across 71 adult renal centres from across the UK. The Trust’s renal department placed second in England, and was voted the best transplanting renal unit in the whole country for ‘overall patient experience’.

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