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News 2015 Jan - June

 

Contribution of R&DE volunteers recognised at Chairman’s teaparty

 

The commitment and dedication of volunteers at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised at a special afternoon tea hosted by Chairman James Brent and the Board. The event was organised as a thank you to all those who regularly give their time to support staff and visitors to the hospital.   

 

Posted on: 16 June 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

New cycle shelter RD&E staff so more can get on their bikes

 

Staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are now benefiting from improved cycling facilities to encourage them to get on their bikes and enjoy a greener and cheaper commute to work.


The hospital has just unveiled a new state of the art cycle shelter in the grounds of its Wonford site, just outside Bowmoor House.

 

Posted on: 08 June 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E statement on NHS England success regime announcement

 

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS foundation Trust (RD&E) welcomes the announcement made by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens that the NEW  Devon CCG health and social care economy will be one of three health economies that will participate in the NHS Five Year Forward View “Success Regime” programme.

 

Posted on: 08 June 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E comment on Monitor’s provisional view on community care changes in Devon

 

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) has welcomed Monitor’s provisional view on community care changes in Devon released today (5 June 2015). The RD&E is satisfied that Monitor has undertaken an exhaustive and thorough review of the evidence in its provisional findings and has concluded that none of the issues raised by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust in its complaint are upheld.

 

Posted on: 08 June 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Boots UK Outpatient Pharmacy Now Open at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Hospital

 

Patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter (RD&E) hospital can now benefit from a more convenient outpatient prescription service thanks to a new Boots pharmacy which opened its doors to the public yesterday (27th May).

 

The new Boots UK outpatient pharmacy service is located on the ground floor in the main hospital corridor.  The dispensary will enhance patients’ experience while visiting the hospital, help to reduce waiting times and free up RD&E pharmacy staff to focus on inpatient care.

 

Posted on: 29 May 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E staff and patients #DoSomethingNew for Dementia Awareness Week

 

Staff and patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have been trying out new skills during this year’s Dementia Awareness Week (17 - 23 May) to show having dementia doesn’t mean you can’t try out new things.


The national campaign is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of the symptoms of Dementia. This year’s campaign asked people to try something new.

 

Posted on: 29 May 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E wins top national hospitals award

 

The RD&E has been named as one of the 40 best-performing Trusts in England at an awards ceremony.
The Trust has won the CHKS Top Hospitals 2015 award, one of several categories set up to recognise the achievements of hospital staff including patient safety and data quality.

 

Posted on: 21 May 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 

 

 


 

Improved fertility clinic launched in Exeter

 

Couples across the South West now have access to improved fertility services to help them achieve their dreams of starting a family thanks to the re-launch of an Exeter clinic.


Fertility Exeter combines the high quality NHS fertility services provided by the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) with the self-funded treatment provided by the independent Peninsular Centre for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM).

 

Posted on: 21 May 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E’s Infection Control Team pledge support for Global Hand Hygiene Day

 

The Infection Prevention and Control Team at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have been raising awareness of the importance of hand hygiene with a very special kind of election. The team organised a Hand Hygiene Pledge Election as part of their activities to mark Global Hand Hygiene Day on May 5th.

 

Posted on: 15 May 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Couple to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End for wedding with a difference


Keen cyclists Anna Reffell and Lee Atkinson, from Exmouth, are embarking on a 1400mile charity cycle challenge to mark the start of their married life together.


The couple, who met eight years ago at the Teign Valley Pedal Bashers Cycling group, will complete the ‘End to End’ cycling challenge from  John O’Groats to Land’s End, and will be making a pit-stop at the famous Old Blacksmiths Shop in Grenta Green to get married.

 

Posted on: 15 May 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Charlotte’s fundraising campaign raises over £7,000 for new Bladder Scanner

 

Trainee Assistant Practitioner Charlotte Davies, with the help of the Royal Devon and Exeter League of Friends, has raised over £7,000 to fund the purchase of a new bladder scanner for the RD&E’s Acute Medical Unit (AMU). A bladder scanner enables clinicians to quickly and accurately measure a patient’s bladder volume.

 

Posted on: 27 April 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Honiton family becomes first in South West to take part in ground-breaking DNA research at the RD&E

 

A SIX-year-old boy and his mum and dad today became the first family in the South West to take part in ground-breaking DNA research at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) to help fight rare health conditions.

 

Noah Puleston, from Honiton, has moderate to severe learning difficulties after showing signs of delayed development from an early age.

 

Posted on: 24 April 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E’s dedicated staff recognised at annual awards evening

 

Members of staff who have gone the extra mile for patients have received special recognition at the RD&E’s annual Extraordinary People ‘Winner of Winners’ awards ceremony, hosted by veteran BBC broadcaster and patient champion Angela Rippon. The Extraordinary People awards have several categories and celebrate members of staff and volunteers who have been nominated by colleagues or patients for their ability to exceed expectations in delivering high quality care and services.

 

Posted on: 20 April 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Marathon runners raise funds for new ECG machine for RD&E

 

Senior Research Nurse Lizze Davey and friend Jemma Marsh have donated an Electrocardiogram (ECG) machine to Okement Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The pair raised £8,000 by completing the London Marathon last year, a total which has been split between funding the ECG machine and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) charity Crohn's and Colitis UK.

 

Posted on: 20 April 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

New scents unlock forgotten memories at hospital

 

The power of scent is a strong emotional trigger, proven to provoke the strongest and most direct connection to memory of all the five senses. Local gardener and TV broadcaster, Toby Buckland, was asked to design the therapeutic garden for patients with dementia at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Wonford, with just this in mind.

 

Posted on: 20 April 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Young visitors asked to vote on theme for new RD&E Children's X-ray Room

 

Young visitors to the X-ray department at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are being asked to help decide on a design theme for a new children’s X-ray room.


Having an x-ray can be quite a scary experience for young patients so the Medical Imaging staff are keen to create a clinical area that is more welcoming and friendly.

 

Posted on: 10 April 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Wynard Ward ‘Make time for Tea’ and raise over £400 for the Eve Appeal

 

Staff on Wynard Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have raised £423 for the Eve Appeal by holding a tea party and cake sale. The Eve Appeal is the only UK national charity raising awareness and funding research in the five gynaecological cancers – ovarian, womb, cervical, vaginal and vulval. Make Time for Tea is their flagship fundraising campaign for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in March, which encourages people to hold tea parties to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. The team created a fantastic array of cakes, cookies, scones and biscuits for the tea party and cake sale, which was held in the ward’s dining room. The area was decorated with bunting, balloons and spring flowers to give the tea party a real vintage feel.

 

Posted on: 02 April 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 

 


RD&E receive Gold Standards Framework accreditation for end of life care

 

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has become one of only two acute hospitals in the UK to be recognised for the care they provide to patients who are nearing the end of their lives. Two wards at the RD&E, Yeo and Yarty, and one at Royal Lancashire Infirmary are the first to have been accredited by the National Gold Standards Framework Centre (GSF) for their end of life care. The GSF is a tool used to co-ordinate and communicate care needs to patients who are within their last year of life. It has been used within the community and care home setting for many years but is a new initiative for acute hospital trusts.

 

Posted on: 02 April 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


RD&E bakers raise £700 from Great Inter-Divisional Comic Relief Bake Off

 

Staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have raised £700 for Comic Relief by holding a Great Inter-Divisional Bake Off on Red Nose Day. Competition was fierce as staff from each division in the Trust – Specialist Services, Medicine and Surgery - put their culinary skills to the test and came up with all manner of baked confections for their divisional cake sales. Total proceeds from the cake sales have reached a fantastic £703. The teams were also asked to select their best looking and best tasting cakes to be presented to the executive tasting panel judges. The panel consisted of Trust Chairman James Brent, Director of Transformation and Organisational Development Tracey Cottam and Jeff Chinnock Head of Stakeholder Communication and Engagement.

 

Posted on: 20 March 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Tim and Vickie raise money to help bereaved parents make memories

Tim and Vickie raise money to help bereaved parents make memories Tim and Vickie Hamilton, from Doddiscombsleigh, have donated £2350 to the Maternity Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to help other bereaved parents make memories with their babies. Tim and Vickie sadly lost their third child, Cameron, when he was stillborn in September 2013. After doctors were unable to find Cameron’s heartbeat, Vickie became extremely unwell and spent time in Intensive Care and on the Labour Ward in the hospital’s ‘Heartsease’ bereavement room. It was their time spent here that inspired them to want to find ways to support other families who may be going through a similar tragedy.

 

Posted on: 20 March 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Devon NHS staff benefitting from support of Schwartz Rounds

 

Over 600 staff from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Devon Partnership NHS Trust have benefitted from the emotional support provided by jointly run Schwartz Rounds. The Schwartz Rounds are ‘grand round’ style confidential sessions for NHS staff to discuss social and emotional difficulties created by their work and to explore the human side of medicine. Each round is centred on a particular aspect of patient care and is attended by staff from all disciplines. The underlying premise for rounds is that the compassion shown by staff can make all the difference to a patient’s experience of care, but that in order to provide care with compassion, staff must themselves feel supported in their work.

 

Posted on: 16 March 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 

 


 

Local schools bring ReadWell’s power of stories to Bramble Ward

 

Owl Men, tame dragons and the Gruffalo are just some of the characters that young patients in Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are getting to know better as part of a new scheme bringing the power of books and storytelling to seriously ill children. The RD&E successfully applied to the charity ReadWell, which uses money raised by local school children to fund a regular supply of brand new books and professional storytellers into the hospital. Schools around Devon who have supported the charity by running sponsored Readathons include Wystream Primary and West Exe School.

 

Posted on: 09 March 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

More ‘extraordinary’ RD&E staff celebrated at seasonal awards

 

Several members of staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised for their exceptional contribution to the hospital and its patients at the winter Extraordinary People Awards. The seasonal awards are a way of celebrating extraordinary staff that do exceptional things every day and often go above and beyond to provide high quality services. Nominations are made by fellow staff members who want to acknowledge the contribution of an individual or team, and the difficult decision of choosing a winner in each category is undertaken by a panel of judges.

 

Posted on: 23 February 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

 

New photography exhibition at the RD&E challenges perceptions of growing older

 

alex rotasA new photography exhibition in the corridors of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital challenges its viewers to think differently about ageing. The ‘Growing Old Competitively' exhibition by Alex Rotas features a series of photos of athletes in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s who still compete in international sporting events.


The exhibition has been organised by Exeter Health Care Arts, an ‘arts for health’ initiative designed to deliver a range of activities to improve the hospital environment, for patients, visitors and for staff. This inspirational exhibition fits into a programme of arts work by the RD&E to support older patients and their families.

 

 

Posted on: 18 Feb 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E joins over 100 NHS organisations for national launch of #hellomynameis 

 

Over 300 members of staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have pledged their support for the #hellomynameis campaign during a week of engagement activities. The events were part of the national launch of the campaign on 2nd February, which saw over 100 NHS organisations across the country joining together to support the campaign. 


The #hellomynameis campaign was created by Dr Kate Granger, a young hospital consultant from Yorkshire, to improve patient experience. Kate became frustrated with the number of staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was in hospital. Her campaign, reminding staff to go back to basics and introduce themselves to patients properly, started on Twitter and has inspired nurses, doctors, therapists, receptionists, porters, domestics and staff in all roles ever since. A simple introduction by a member of staff can put a patient at ease and help form a more personal connection between patient and clinician.

 

 

Posted on: 17 Feb 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Calling all knitters - Help us knit Twiddlemuffs for patients with Dementia

 

TwiddlemuffsStaff and volunteers at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are putting their knitting needles to good use knitting Twiddlemuffs for patients with dementia.  And they are looking for more knitters to join them.

Twiddlemuffs are knitted woollen muffs with items such as ribbons, large buttons or textured fabrics attached that patients with dementia can twiddle in their hands whilst on the wards at the RD&E. People with dementia often have restless hands and like something to keep them occupied. The Twiddlemuffs provide a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation at the same time as keeping hands snug and warm.

 

Posted on: 05 Feb 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Niki gives the gift of time to bereaved parents

 

Niki Cunningham, founder of the Harry Cunningham Trust, has donated a ‘Cuddle Cot’ to the Maternity Unit of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to enable bereaved parents to spend more time with their babies.


The Cuddle Cot is a cold pad that can be wrapped around a baby that has been stillborn or has been miscarried late in pregnancy. The Cuddle Cot keeps the baby cool, meaning parents can stay with their child for longer after it has passed away. This will give parents time to grieve and start to come to terms with their loss, as well as enabling other family members time to meet the baby and say goodbye. 

 

Posted on: 05 Feb 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Gretel returns to research after volunteering at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

 

Dr Gretel Finch has been able to return to her career in research thanks to the help and support she received whilst volunteering at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).


Having worked as a Research Scientist for many years, including posts at the BBSRC Institute of Food Research and the University of Bristol, Gretel took a career break to care for her young family.  During this time she helped set up a breast feeding support group and trained as a Peer Support Counsellor.

 

Posted on: 30 Jan 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Debbie's 'Leg Party' raises £210 for the RD&E

 

Patient Debbie Northway has raised over £200 as a thank you for the care she received at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by holding a ‘Leg Party’.


Just over a year ago Debbie lost her leg above the knee and has since been attending the Exeter Mobility Centre for prosthetic and physiotherapy appointments.  She recently celebrated having her new prosthetic leg by throwing a ‘Leg Party’ for friends and family where she raised £105 for Exeter Mobility Centre and £105 for Otter Ward to say thank you to the staff who cared for her.


Debbie said: “I have almost completed my journey which started May 2013. Now, thanks to all my friends at the RD&E, the Exeter Mobility Centre and Torbay hospital, I am almost there. I have met some wonderful caring people on the way and will always keep in touch.“

 

Posted on: 09 Jan 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

Arts Community lift the spirits at the RD&E again this winter

 

Local artists have again been brightening up the corridors of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with their annual Friends and Family art exhibition.


Now in its 16th year, the exhibition has been organised by Exeter HealthCare Arts to showcase the work of the local arts community who have a connection to the hospital. The exhibitors include talented RD&E staff, outpatients and former patients, who have all loaned their work to help brighten up the hospital environment. 

 

Posted on: 05 Jan 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E appeals for public’s help to stop spread of winter vomiting bug

 

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is urging anyone who has suffered from symptoms of the highly infectious Norovirus bug to stay away from the hospital until they have been free of the symptoms for at least 48 hours.

 

Cases of Norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea and is more common in the winter months, have been rising at the RD&E over the Christmas and New Year period, placing extra pressure on hospital bed capacity at a very busy time for the hospital.

 

 

Posted on: 02 Jan 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jan - June

 

 

 

 

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