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About the RD&E

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At the Royal Devon & Exeter we want to provide safe, high quality seamless services delivered with courtesy and respect


StethoscopeOur reputation as an innovative leading acute hospital has developed over 250 years. The RD&E was one of the first Foundation Trusts to be created in the country and this status has enabled us to foster closer links and a better understanding of what local people expect and need from us now and for future planning.

We provide specialist and emergency hospital services to about 400,000 residents and visitors primarily in Exeter and East and Mid Devon, though patients also come from further afield in the South West and England because of our excellence.

We have over 800 beds at the RD&E Wonford and Heavitree hospital sites in Exeter. Increasingly we provide patient care closer to home including managing the day case surgery activity in Devon community hospital theatres, community midwifery services, stroke care, renal dialysis units and our innovative mobile eye clinic which takes specialist care out to our glaucoma patients in rural towns.


During 2011/12 the Trust spent £350 million and employed 6,700 staff. The Trust delivers over 300,000 outpatient attendances and over 115,000 day case or inpatient admissions per year, with additional diagnostic and community service activity delivered in local communities.


We also make a significant contribution to world class research and development which improves the quality, experience and effectiveness of healthcare. The RD&E has a track record for piloting new ways of working and patient care for the Department of Health and the National Institute for Innovation, before it is rolled out across the NHS.


The achievements and improvements in patient care and experience could not be realised without the professional skills and dedication of our staff.