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Campaign to make Plymouth healthier and happier continues

Thrive Plymouth aims to narrow the gap in the health status between people in the city. Credit: ITV West Country

The latest phase in a campaign to make Plymouth a healthier and happier city begins today.

Thrive Plymouth is a 10-year programme which aims to narrow the gap in the health status between people in the city.

The project is entering its fourth year and monitors lifestyle behaviours like smoking, drinking, diet and inactivity.

The latest phase will focus on improving mental well-being by promoting the five ways to wellbeing in Plymouth.

There is currently a considerable life expectancy gap between different communities in Plymouth. Closing that gap is crucial to the city thriving and an outstanding quality of life being enjoyed by everyone.

– Thrive Plymouth

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Public invited to have their say on pharmacy services

Councils want to hear from people who use pharmacies Credit: ITV Westcountry

Residents across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset are being invited to have their say on pharmacy services in the region.

Councils want to ensure they are meeting the needs of people and identify any gaps.

Pharmacies provide an important service for everyone. We are keen that our residents have their say on the future of these services especially around what is working well, and where there might be gaps. This is your opportunity to share your views.”

– Councillor Erica Williams, South Gloucestershire executive member for public health and Housing,

People's views will help develop a new Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, which is produced every three years.

This will be used by the NHS to make decisions about applications for new pharmacies, and will also provide information for the commissioning of other services.

The consultation is open now until 27 November.

Residents in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset can access the consultation through their council websites.

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