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News 2015 July - December

 

New Year Honour for Exeter Nurse

 

A leading nurse at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised in the New Year Honours List with a British Empire Medal.


Fiona Fry has worked at the RD&E since 1993, and been in her current Hepatology Nurse Specialist role since 2001.


Fiona said: “The British Empire Medal is something I never expected to receive and I am truly delighted, although also extremely shocked.

 

 

Posted on: 31 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec


 

That Warm and Fuzzy feeling

 

After several months of furious crocheting and collecting scarves for the homeless and lonely of Exeter, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust staff member Kimberly Tucker-Clemens pinned them around the city on Christmas morning to bring a little joy to their day.

 

She wanted to thank everyone for their donations to her Warm and Fuzzy campaign which made the 92-scarf bonanza possible, particularly her colleagues on the Acute Medical Unit where she is a housekeeper and part-time ward clerk.

 

“I wanted to do something for people who are alone at Christmas and give them a little something,” said Kimberly, “and also I’d like to thank everyone who has got behind my idea by donating wool or scarves."

 

Posted on: 30 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec


Oscar's Fund bring special Christmas presents to labour ward

 

Babies born on Christmas Day on the maternity unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital are set to receive a very special Christmas present thanks to Oscar’s Fund. The charity has donated 35 Christmas packages containing everything parents will need to prepare for their new arrivals on the 25th December. 


The Palmer family from Marlborough family set up the fund in memory of Oscar Angus Rennie, the son of Becky Palmer and twin brother to Claudia Ava Rennie  who was sadly stillborn in July last year. The charitable fund supports families with babies, hospital wards and charities that support healthy births.

 

Posted on: 24 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Bramble Ward receives Christmas cheer thanks to Royal Bank of Scotland

 

Staff and customers at The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in Exeter have brought some early Christmas presents to the young patients on Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.


The team from the Exeter branch in Southrenhay and the commercial team at Pynes Hill donated a huge selection of toys and games for the children to enjoy.


This Christmas, the staff were keen to support local children who may have to stay in hospital over the festive period, so they put up posters in their branch asking for donations of toys.


RBS Exeter Branch Manager Dan Kayes and Corporate Support Manager Sara Pidler recently visited the Bramble Playroom to handover the presents.

 

Posted on: 22 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Exeter Chiefs visit Bramble Unit


Children on the Bramble Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust had their latest Christmas visitors on Friday.

 

Thirteen of the squad arrived with presents for patients in the 45-bed unit and sacks of club merchandise.

 

The players took time to visit as many of the children as possible, talking to them and their parents, distributing presents as they went.

 

Mum Alison Pearson, who was with five-year-old Isabel, said: “We were in here last year, and especially at this time of year you just feel a bit disconnected from the world, so it’s lovely that the Chiefs take the time to come in when it’s a really rubbish time for us in here.

 

Posted on: 22 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

 

Tiverton League of Friends donates vital surgical equipment to Tiverton Day Case Unit

 

£80,000 worth of state-of-the-art theatre equipment has been donated to the Day Case Unit at Tiverton Community Hospital thanks to funds from the hospital’s League of Friends.


Theatre services at the Day Case Unit are provided by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. The equipment, which included diagnostic tools such as gastrocopes and colonoscopes, a 3d scope guide and new stacking monitors, will enable the unit to complete more surgical services closer to home for local people.

 

Posted on: 17 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Pleasing results from mums using Maternity services

 

Maternity services at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust received a good set of results when a national survey was published today (15 December).
A questionnaire was sent by the Care Quality Commission in the summer to all women who gave birth in February 2015.


Responses were received from 160 mothers who used the RD&E. Maternity services are provided by the Trust at Wonford Hospital, Okehampton, Tiverton and Honiton.
A score of 9.1, towards a maximum of 10, was given to questions about the mums’ labour and birth experiences. The RD&E staff were rated highly at 8.8, and care after birth at 7.9.

 

Posted on: 17 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Christmas comes early to Bramble Ward thanks to Exeter City FC

 

The stars of Exeter City Football Club have brought some early Christmas magic to the children and teenagers on Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by paying them a special festive visit.


With the help of Build-a-Bear and WHSmith, the players from the club gave out dozens of bears, toys, signed merchandise and other presents to the young patients to help bring some Christmas cheer to the ward. The players who visited were Craig Woodman, David Wheeler, Will Hoskins, Alex Nicholls, Jamie McAllister, Lee Holmes and Arron Davies.

 

Posted on: 11 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Northern Devon and RD&E develop plans for inpatient beds at Tiverton over winter

 

The Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT) and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation NHS Trust (RD&E) are today announcing a three-month plan to ensure there is sufficient resilience across hospital and community services in East Devon over the coming winter.

 

On a temporary basis, two inpatient wards in Tiverton Community and District Hospital, previously run by NDHT and totalling 40 beds, will be managed by the RD&E.

 

Posted on: 11 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Joint dementia studies award for Devon collective effort

 

Professionals from the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and the Devon Partnership NHS Trust and have received an award from the National Institute for Health Research for joint research efforts into dementia.


The trusts work together as the Devon Dementia Collaboration to set up and deliver investigations.

 

Posted on: 09 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

RD&E gains approval to move towards next stage in the procurement for community services in Eastern Devon

 

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has moved closer towards providing community health services across a large part of the county. NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group made a decision last week to proceed towards contract award for community services to the RD&E.

 

Posted on: 08 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

 

Suspension of junior doctor industrial action update

 

Following conciliatory talks with NHS Employers and the Department of Health, yesterday evening the British Medical Association agreed to suspend industrial action in England which was due to begin at 8am today. Despite the suspension some procedures and operations will remain cancelled today. If your appointment was one of those cancelled today, please do not come in unless you hear from us.

 

 

Posted on: 01 December 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Fundraising campaign for children’s ward play area reaches total thanks to Exeter Lions’ campaign

 

A campaign to fund the refurbishment of the outdoor play area on Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital has successfully reached its total thanks to the generosity of local fundraisers.The team on Bramble have received a total of £32,000 in donations for the play area, which is enough for work to start early in the new year on resurfacing the space and buying new play equipment.

 

 

Posted on: 25 November 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

 

FORCE and ELF donate ultrasound scanner to RD&E Vascular Access team

 

Staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital were Two Devon based charities have donated a new ultrasound scanner to the Vascular Access team at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital to help them care for patients with cancer.


FORCE Cancer Charity and the Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF) jointly donated the machine to give the team more flexibility when preparing patients to receive chemotherapy treatment on the hospital’s oncology and haematology wards. 

 

Posted on: 18 November 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

RD&E staff celebrated at seasonal Extraordinary People Awards ceremony

 

Staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital were celebrated for their exceptional achievements at the hospitals Autumn Extraordinary People Awards.


The seasonal awards are a way of recognising extraordinary staff who do exceptional things and often go above and beyond to provide high quality services.

 

Posted on: 18 November 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 

 


 

Moshulu cyclists raise over £12,000 for local charities by completing John O'Groats to Lands End challenge

 

A team of cyclists from Moshulu in Honiton have raised 12,400 for two Devon based charities by cycling 1,200 miles across the length of the country from John O'Groats to Lands End. Father and son Neal and Matt Fulls and their friend Chris Pope took nine days in June to cycle from the tip of Scotland to the most westerly point in Cornwall in aid of their chosen charities – the Neonatal Unit (NNU) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and FORCE Cancer Charity.

 

Posted on: 29 October 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 

 


 

National Genetic Diabetes Nurse project wins Diabetes Quality in Care Award

 

A nurse training initiative developed by a team at the University of Exeter Medical School and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to improve diagnosis of monogenic diabetes has won a national award for its contribution to diabetes care. The Genetic Diabetes Nurse (GDN) initiative won the award for ‘Best innovation in integrated commissioning, or integrated care, model’ at the Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes programme awards in Guilford on the 15th October.

 

Posted on: 29 October 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Cream teas and birthday celebrations raise cash for the RD&E’s Rheumatology Fund

 

Caroline Parris, a dairy farmer’s wife, from Upottery, has raised £6,000 for the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s Rheumatology Fund as a way of saying thank you for the care she has received. She raised the cash by holding a big 40th birthday celebration and a Cream Tea party for friends and family at their farm near Honiton.

 

Posted on: 26 October 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Celebration of clinical research to be held at the RD&E

 

Members of the public are invited to an exhibition of clinical research currently being undertaken by clinicians at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, the leading research hospital in the South West Peninsula.


The event takes place on 5th November from 11.30am-1pm in the Research Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD) building on the hospital’s Wonford site.

 

Posted on: 26 October 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Statement from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) on cancer waiting times

Following reports in the media on Wednesday (14 October) concerning the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust’s performance on certain cancer waiting targets, James Brent, Chairman, said, “I would like to reassure patients who are currently receiving treatment or are about to for cancer, that the standard of care at the Trust is very good. This is reflected in the responses to the National Cancer Patient Survey 2014 which showed that over 94% of cancer patients rated the Trust as excellent for the care it provides.”

 

Posted on: 16 October 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

WHSmith brightens up patients’ time in hospital this autumn

 

Young patients on Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have received a large donation of arts and craft materials from WHSmith to brighten up their stay in hospital.

 

Over the past three years the WHSmith Trust and WHSmith PLC have donated thousands of books and craft kits to 30 hospitals across the UK to support patient care. The books and craft kits are being used by hospital trusts to supplement existing patient resources, or to create new libraries, both for children and adults.

 

Posted on: 14 October 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Centenary of death of British nurse Edith Cavell marked in special service at RD&E

 

The centenary of the execution of British nurse Edith Cavell was remembered in a special service on12th October at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, led by Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton.

 

Bishop Sarah – a former nurse and chief nursing officer for England –led the service for patients and staff, using words specially written for the anni

 

Posted on: 14 October 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Bramble Ward celebrates play in the treatment of children during National Play in Hospital Week

 

Young patients and staff on Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have been celebrating National Play in Hospital Week with face painting, fun crafts, balloon modelling and magic tricks.  


The event, which ran from 28th September - 4th October, was organised by the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) and is supported by Starlight Children’s Foundation, a national charity which provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK.

 

Posted on: 09 October 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

 

Exeter support group raise awareness of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff and patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have been showing their support for IPF Week 2015 (5th – 11th October) – a national campaign run by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) to raise awareness of a lung condition called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). IPF, a type of Interstitial Lung disease (ILD), is a condition that causes scarring of the lungs. 

 

Posted on: 09 October 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

RD&E staff show their support for World Heart Day by sharing ‘healthy heart selfies’

 

The Cardiac Rehab Team at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have been showing their support for World Heart Day by raising awareness of the importance of keeping your heart healthy. World Heart Day, which takes place annually on the 29th September, is a chance for people across the globe to take part in the world's biggest intervention against cardiovascular disease (CVD).

 

 

 

Posted on: 01 October 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Members get a chance to have their say on hospital services at annual event

 

Over 200 members of the public had the chance to learn more about the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and have their say on its services when the hospital opened its doors for its annual Members’ Say event on 25th September.The RD&E currently has over 11,000 public Members. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in the hospital and how it is run.

 

 

 

 

Posted on: 01 October 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

 

Rachael ‘Braves the Shave’ and raises £500 for Macmillan

 

A medical lab assistant at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital has raised over £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support by having her shoulder length hair shaved off. Rachael Phillips signed up to the charity’s ‘Brave the Shave’ campaign after family members were affected by cancer and raised the money through getting sponsored by friends, relatives and colleagues.

 

 

 

 

Posted on: 17 September 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Collaborative approach to medical agency workers


A collaborative project involving nine acute hospital trusts from the South West aims to improve fill rates for locum doctors and at the same time reduce the amount spent on agency staff across the region, whilst maintaining safe and effective care for patients.


The South West consortium was formed 18 months ago to establish the best working practice to manage medical agency supply.

 

Posted on: 02 September 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 

 


 

Text messaging research study a success in the South West

 

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has made a significant contribution to a research study using phone text messaging to help patients at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes manage their health and lifestyle.

 

The study, led by the research team at Imperial College, London offers a unique opportunity to those at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes to receive education and support currently not widely available to them in General Practice by using Short Messaging Service (SMS)or texts. The technology is being used to encourage and advise on lifestyle changes, including diet and activity, in people with impaired glucose regulation and at risk of developing this condition.

 

Posted on: 02 September 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 

 


 

Families of renal patients invited to a day to remember and celebrate at Bicton College


Friends and relatives of patients who have received care and support from the Exeter Kidney Unit are invited to a remembrance celebration at Bicton College on Sunday 13th September from 11am.

 

The event has been organised by staff from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital as an opportunity for relatives to remember their loved ones, celebrate life, give thanks to donors and their families and to show appreciation for the work of the unit.

 

Posted on: 02 September 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

NHS organisations in Devon working together to implement Monitor findings for the benefit of patients


The approach of the CCG covering most of Devon has been endorsed by a national health regulator following an investigation into the organisation’s procurement process for community services in East Devon.


Monitor found that NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s (NHS NEW Devon CCG) procurement process was in line with regulations and its own procurement guidance.


The findings give the green light to a process that, if finally approved, will see the transfer of NHS community services in East Devon from Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) to the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&EFT).

 

Posted on: 26 August 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

NIHR-funded study reveals simple, safe and cost-free modification to an emergency treatment for patients with an abnormally fast heart rhythm

 

A simple, safe and cost-free modification to a physical technique used to treat patients in the emergency department with an abnormally fast heart rhythm could improve its effectiveness by more than a quarter, according to a study published in The Lancet today (25th August 2015).

 

Posted on: 25 August 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Rachael set to ‘Brave the shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Support

 

Rachael Phillips, a medical lab assistant at the RD&E, has signed up to ‘Brave the Shave’ and have her hair cut off for Macmillan Cancer Support on 4th September. 
Macmillan provides specialist support to people with cancer and their families. This summer they are asking people to stand proudly alongside men and women who have cancer and be sponsored to shave off their hair for the charity.

 

 

Posted on: 18 August 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Trading places: RD&E staff raise cash for charity by experiencing what it’s like to have Cystic Fibrosis for the day

 

A paediatrician and a hospital manager at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have raised £430 for a local Cystic Fibrosis (CF) charity by spending a day in a CF patient’s shoes to raise awareness of the condition.
On August 6th Dr Beth Enderby, CF paediatrician, and Nolwenn Luke, CF Centre manager, spent the day getting a small taste of what it’s like to live with CF, experiencing everything from tough physiotherapy sessions, uncomfortable sweat chloride tests, taking regular exercise and consuming a high calorie diet

 

Posted on: 17 August 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 

 


 

 

RD&E given top marks for communication by young patients and their families in CQC survey


Children and young people who have received treatment at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have given the Trust top marks for communication in the first Care Quality Commission (CQC) Children and young people’s survey 2014.
    

Posted on: 17 August 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 

 

 

 


 

Anna and Lee raise over £4,500 for charity through wedding cycling challenge

 

A couple from Exmouth have raised over £4500 for the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research by completing a 1450 mile ‘End to end’ cycling challenge to celebrate the start of their married life together.


Keen cyclists Anna Atkinson, a Trauma Nurse Practitioner at the RD&E, and her new husband Lee Atkinson, met eight years ago at the Teign Valley Pedal Bashers Cycling group.

 

Posted on: 17 August 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 

 

 


 

RD&E staff to experience what it’s like to have Cystic Fibrosis for the day

 

A paediatrician and a hospital manager are set to experience something of what it’s like to have Cystic Fibrosis (CF) by spending a day in a patient’s shoes in a bid to raise awareness of the condition.


On August 6th, Dr Beth Enderby, CF paediatrician, and Nolwenn Luke, CF Centre manager, will spend the day experiencing just some of the challenges having CF can present to people with the condition and their families. 

 

Posted on: 05 August 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 

 

 


 

Survival rate of patients suffering cardiac arrest at RD&E double the national average

 

Well over a third of patients who suffered cardiac arrest at the RD&E last year survived and were later discharged from hospital compared to 18% nationally, a clinical study has found.

 

The latest National Cardiac Arrest Audit Report compared hospital cardiac arrest survival data for the period April-December 2014. Some 37.5% of patients at the RD&E survived and were later discharged compared to a national average of 18.4% at hospitals across England.

 

Posted on: 05 August 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 

 


 

RD&E Intensive Care Unit rated highly by relatives

 

Families of patients who are treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have rated highly the level of care their relatives received, according to recent research.

 

Results from a study by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) show that 92.9% of relatives were satisfied with the level care provided by the ICU at the RD&E and 86.5% of families were satisfied with their experience overall.

 

Posted on: 30 July 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

RD&E ICU nurse wins Returnee to practice of the year award

 

Melissa Phillips, a nurse on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, has won the award for Returnee to Practice of the Year in Devon and Cornwall at the Health Education South West Awards (HESW).

 

The inaugural awards, hosted by HESW at a ceremony in Taunton, celebrated the huge contribution made by nurses, midwives and health visitors who have completed their journey back to practice after time away from the NHS. 

 

Posted on: 21 July 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 


 

Pupils consider careers in the NHS during Work Observation Week at the RD&E

 

40 pupils from schools and colleges across Exeter visited the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital to gain an insight into their future career by taking part in the Trust’s ‘Work Observation Week’. 


The annual programme gives young people in Year 10 and above the chance to find out how the RD&E works and to consider the many different jobs the NHS has to offer.

 

Posted on: 15 July 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 

Bramble Ward receives £2,000 donation to help families with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

 

Exeter families whose children have Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Crohn’s or Colitis can now receive extra help with the costs of travelling for treatment thanks to a £2,000 donation from the Exeter Crohn's and Colitis Committee. Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). They affect parts of the digestive system, which includes the intestines or bowels, which can become sore and inflamed.

 

Posted on: 03 July 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec


 

Extraordinary’ hospital staff celebrated at seasonal award ceremony

 

The exceptional achievements of staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have been celebrated at the hospital’s Spring Extraordinary People Awards.


The seasonal awards are a way of celebrating extraordinary staff who do exceptional things and often go above and beyond to provide high quality services. Nominations are made by fellow staff members or patients who want to acknowledge the contribution of an individual or team, and the winners in each category are chosen by a panel of judges from the Trust’s Executive Board.       

 

Posted on: 02 July 2015 | Posted in: 2015 Jul - Dec

 

 


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