Category Archives : Lynda Bowyer – Health and Adult Social Care


Plymouth City Council response to GP practice announcement

Health and social care commissioners in Plymouth will continue to work together to ensure that patients can access GP services, following the announcement that some GP surgery contracts in the city will not be renewed. Following a consultation, NHS England has confirmed that it will not be renewing GP contracts for the Cumberland, St Barnabas […]


Council awards £150,000 grants to improve care homes in Plymouth

A number of care homes in Plymouth have been awarded a total of £150,000 by Plymouth City Council to improve their facilities. In total, 18 care homes out of 25 which applied for grants have received funding of up to £10,000 per home. While the Council funded £150,000 through grants, in total, with contributions from […]


Latest survey shows adults in care in Plymouth feel safe and secure

The latest survey on adults in care in Plymouth says the service they received makes them feel safe and secure. 93% of respondents to the annual survey, which Plymouth City Council participated in earlier this year and was published by NHS Digital last week, said the services they receive make them feel safe and secure. […]


Have your say on sexual health services

Your views are needed on sexual health services in Plymouth. Plymouth City Council is working to ensure that sexual and reproductive health services meet the needs of the local population. An online survey has been launched to get people’s opinions, and will be open for three weeks, so local people are urged to have their […]


Plymouth flu jab campaign launch

People in Plymouth who are eligible are being urged to have their flu jabs, as figures reveal that last winter four in every ten flu outbreaks in England were linked to schools. Residents aged 65 and over, pregnant women, people with long term health conditions and children aged 2, 3, and 4, and children in […]


Committee asks NHS to look again at GP practice plans

A committee is asking the NHS to revisit its proposals which might lead to the closure of a GP practice in Plymouth. A number of GP surgery contracts in Plymouth are up for renewal in March 2017. Plymouth City Council’s Wellbeing Select Committee met on Thursday 6 October 2016 to discuss proposals by NHS England […]


Plymouth shortlisted for national Dementia award

Plymouth has been shortlisted for the national Dementia Friendly Awards. For the past few years, Plymouth City Council has been working, along with other members of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance (PDAA), to make the city more dementia friendly. Initiatives include Dementia Friendly car parking spaces, Dementia awareness sessions for local businesses, and a Dementia […]


Plymouth care event raises £877 for charity

A raffle held at Plymouth City Council’s Celebrating Excellence in Care event raised £877 for charity. Members of the Council’s Quality Assurance and Improvement Team, along with Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council, presented the cheque to the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund at Derriford Hospital. In […]


Cabinet member calls for urgent meeting with NHS over GP surgery closure plans

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet member for Health and Social Care is calling for an urgent meeting with NHS England over plans to close GP surgeries in Plymouth. Councillor Lynda Bowyer has asked to meet senior representatives of NHS England after GPs and residents raised concerns following a debate at the full council on Monday. She […]


Stoptober challenge for Plymouth as smoking rates continue to fall

Are you a smoker and could you give up smoking for a whole month? Next month is Stoptober and people across Plymouth are being urged to take the challenge to quit smoking throughout October. In Plymouth, smoking rates have fallen by almost 4% in the past four years, down to a rate where around 1 […]


Students in Plymouth urged to get vaccinated against Meningitis

Freshers in Plymouth are being urged to get the meningococcal (Men) ACWY vaccine to protect themselves against Meningitis. Public Health England and NHS England have given toolkits to universities including Plymouth University and the University of St Mark & St John, urging them to encourage students to have the jab, during Meningitis Week (19 – […]


Summer Mix serves up tasty treats

This year’s Summer Mix programme has found some culinary stars of the future after a hosting a come dine with me style cooking competition. Summer Mix is a free programme run by the Council’s youth Services team and supported by local businesses that offers free and exciting activities in August to all young people in […]


New Report traces changes in public health in Plymouth over the past 70 years

The new Director of Public Health Annual Report which is published by Plymouth City Council today (Tuesday 9 August) looks at the changes in health in Plymouth over the past 70 years. The report from Professor Kelechi Nnoaham is based roughly around the themes of the five ‘giant evils’ identified by Sir William Beveridge in […]


Easy Read Public Health Annual Report launched

An easy-read version of Plymouth’s Public Health Annual Report is now available. Designed for people with learning disabilities, the report includes highlights of what Plymouth City Council and its partners will be doing to help improve local people’s health. The report sets out the Thrive Plymouth programme, which is our ten year plan to improve […]


Pioneering hub to keep Efford and Laira folk healthier

A pioneering health and wellbeing hub could be on the cards for people living in Efford and Laira. People may be able to access a wider range of health and wellbeing advice and support in one place under exciting new plans being unveiled for Douglass House this week. Pathfields Practice is teaming up with the […]


Carers Hub and local community come together for Carers Week (6-12 June) 2016

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with thousands of events planned for carers across the UK. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a […]