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News 2016 January - June

 

 

Wedding belles help raise funds for RD&E’s Neonatal Unit


Ruth Fishleigh and her family have raised nearly £4,000 for the Neonatal Unit (NNU) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by holding a ‘Wedding Dress Ball’.


The sell-out event, which saw 130 guests attend dressed in their finest wedding attire, took place at the Exeter Golf and Country Club on 20th May.  The charity dinner dance and auction provided an opportunity for women to give their wedding dresses another wearing and help raise some money for a cause close to Ruth’s heart.

 

Posted on: 15 June 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


R&DE celebrates the hard work of volunteers during Volunteers Week 2016

 

The contribution made by an army of volunteers at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has been celebrated during national Volunteers Week (1st-12th June).  

 

The annual celebration, which is organised by NCVO, celebrates the vital contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

 

Posted on: 7 June 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June


 

REVAMPED PLAY AREA FOR BRAMBLE WARD NOW OPEN AFTER MAJOR FUNDRAISING DRIVE

 

CHILDREN and young people staying in the RD&E’s Bramble Unit now have a completely revamped outside play area thanks to a massive fundraising drive by local people.

 

More than £32,000 has been raised since 2014. The Exeter Lions, who funded the original play area built in the mid-1980s, kick-started and then masterminded a fundraising campaign which was joined by the Exeter Foundation, bike riders from  ‘ Otter Wheels’ , and backed up by other donations from a multitude of other generous individuals, including the children themselves.

 

Posted on: 27 May 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E top patient recruiting trust in the SW to health research studies

 

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked as the highest recruiting NHS acute hospital for research in the South West during 2015-16.


In the last 10 years 208,177 people in the South West of England are estimated to have taken part in clinical research studies supported by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).


The NIHR, the research arm of the NHS which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, commends these ‘research heroes’ for helping to pave the way for new, improved NHS treatments and services.

 

Posted on: 20 May 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June


 

Ron’s ramble raises over £2,500 for Bramble


Ron Stagg has raised £2,580 for Bramble children’s unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by walking 100 miles Credition to Exeter.


Ron decided to attempt the challenge to mark his ‘milestone’ 60th birthday in April and to raise funds for the ward which has helped his family over many years.

 

Posted on: 20 May 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June


 

Find out about the benefits of research to healthcare this International Clinical Trials Day

 

Teams of RD&E staff will be on hand to tell you all about healthcare research this International Clinical Trials Day, 20th May.


Staff from the Clinical Research Network, Small Grants and The Clinical Research Facility will be available at a research stand at the main entrance of the hospital in Wonford this Friday between 9-5pm.

 

Posted on: 16 May 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


ED waiting room bookstall raised over £250 for FORCE

 

Staff from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s Emergency Department have raised £265 for local cancer charity FORCE by running a second-hand bookstall in their waiting room.

 

The team were keen to improve the experience for patients and relatives who spend time waiting in ED by making the area more user-friendly.

 

Posted on: 11 May 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

Exeter teams celebrate success at the British Medical Journal Awards

 

Two Exeter teams have been recognised for excellence in healthcare and research at the coveted British Medical Journal (BMJ) Awards in London on 5th May. 


The BMJ Awards are the national medical awards programme, recognising and celebrating the inspirational work done by doctors and their teams. This year’s awards attracted more than 300 entries across 15 categories, including anaesthesia, cancer care, dermatology, and palliative care.

 

Posted on: 09 May 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June


Exeter Golf and Country Club donate over £8,000 to RD&E cardiac Fund

 

Patients at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital can now recline in comfort when having a scan of their heart thanks to a £4,000 donation from the Exeter Golf and Country Club.

 

The donation to the RD&E’s Cardiac Fund has been used to purchase a new ‘echo couch’ for patients to lie on when having an echocardiogram, a scan using sound waves to create images of the heart and surrounding blood vessels. The new couch replaces an older and worn-out version in one of the Cardiac Unit’s three echo suites on Taw Ward, and will significantly increase patients’ comfort.  

 

Posted on: 09 May 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June


 

RD&E’s extraordinary 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 third annual Extraordinary People ‘Winner of Winners’ awards. The ceremony was hosted by broadcaster David Fitzgerald from BBC Radio Devon.

 

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: 05 May 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June


Non-emergency patient transport services for Devon


Patients in Devon (excluding Plymouth) who use non-emergency transport to get to NHS appointments will soon have a new telephone number to ring to access the service.
 
From 29 May 2016, all bookings for non-emergency transport in Devon will be taken by a new central booking service – the Patient Transport Advice Service (PTAS) on 0345 155 1009.
 
PTAS will take bookings from patients and NHS staff between 7.00am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays). The service will be provided by Devon County Council.

 

Posted on: 04 May 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

Commando Mac’s medical miracle to feature in new primetime ITV documentary

 

The inspirational story of a Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital patient who became trapped in a body which shakes uncontrollably is to feature in a flagship new ITV documentary next week [THURSDAY MAY 5TH].

 

Retired Royal Marine and Falklands veteran James ‘Mac’ MacGregor, aged 68 from Woodbury in Devon, has battled increasingly violent tremors in his body for the past five years after suffering a fit while travelling around Europe with his wife Chez in 2007.

 

Posted on: 03 May 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June


 

RD&E replace stolen nursing medal for 89 year old Doris

 

A former Nursing Sister who trained at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital during the Second World War has received a replica of a gold nursing medal which was tragically stolen from her during a burglary.
 
Eighty-nine year old Doris Sumption, from Spetisbury in Dorset, was devastated when her home was burgled three years ago and thieves took one of her most treasured possessions – a gold medal which she received for being top of her class during her nurse training at the RD&E in 1946.

 

 


 

 

21st April 2016 / New members wanted for Exeter Cancer User Group

 

Inpatient diabetes care at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has been highly rated in the 2015 National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NADIA). 


The audit, undertaken by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), looks at the care of all inpatients with diabetes on a single day in all Trusts across England and Wales. It focuses on key staffing and organisational issues, clinical outcome measures and patient satisfaction levels.

 

Posted on: 22 April 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E performs well in 2015 National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NADIA)

 

Inpatient diabetes care at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has been highly rated in the 2015 National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NADIA). 


The audit, undertaken by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), looks at the care of all inpatients with diabetes on a single day in all Trusts across England and Wales. It focuses on key staffing and organisational issues, clinical outcome measures and patient satisfaction levels.

 

Posted on: 21 April 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

More staff achieve The Care Certificate at the RD&E

 

Twenty healthcare apprentices and Nursing Auxiliaries (NAs) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have become the latest to achieve The Care Certificate – an assessment which demonstrates their competency and skill in providing safe, high quality care as they begin their careers in the NHS. 


The group are the second cohort to compete the certificate since its introduction at the RD&E in October 2015.

 

Posted on: 18 April 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

Family donate over £3500 to Bolham Ward to say thank you for their care

 

Barbara and David Tilbury have raised over £3500 for Bolham Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital as a thank you for the care staff gave to their late son Patrick.


Patrick spent some time on the Neurological ward before he sadly passed away, and his family were so impressed by the care that he received they decided to start fundraising for Bolham Ward in his memory.

 

Posted on: 11 April 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E Domestic Linda Shelton makes the final three in ITV Good Morning Britain’s Health Star Awards

 

A DOMESTIC at the RD&E has been shortlisted for ITV Good Morning Britain’s Hospital Health Star Awards.


Linda Shelton is a cleaner on the Clyst stroke ward and was nominated for the popular awards by Margaret Ford, the daughter of Roger Johnson who spent several weeks on the ward this year and was looked after by Linda and the ward team.

 

 

Posted on: 12 April 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

 

Public Consultation Regarding Planned Relocation of Thoracic Surgical Services

 

The RD&E currently provides high quality thoracic surgery to patients in East and North Devon. However, thoracic surgery is a specialised service and the low numbers of patients mean that this service is unsustainable in the long term. In order to safeguard the future of the thoracic surgery service for East and North Devon, the RD&E plans to relocate the service to become part of a peninsula-wide service at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, from 6th June 2016. 

 

Posted on: 07 April 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

Above-average clinical care at RD&E for ‘End of Life’ patients, national audit shows

 

The quality of clinical care for patients nearing their final hours or days at the RD&E is above the national average across a range of key indicators, according to End of Life Care Audit released this week [March 31st].


The 2015 audit, carried out by the Royal College of Physicians on behalf of NHS England, found that in the majority of cases RD&E clinicians had documented evidence clearly identifying End of Life patients in the hospital.

 

Posted on: 05 April 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

Award success for pioneering diabetes research

 

Two University of Exeter Medical School scientists have won prestigious awards from the national charity Diabetes UK.


Dr Tim McDonald won the Lilly Diabetes Clinical Research prize, and Dr Kashyap Patel won the Nick Hales Young Investigator award at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference last week in Glasgow. Both academics hold joint roles at the Medical School and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Posted on: 05 April 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E staff support world TB day

 

The respiratory team at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital marked World TB Day 2016 on the 24th March by raising awareness about one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.


 

Members of the team, including Respiratory/TB Nurse Specialist Ruth Unsworth, were on hand at an information stand in the hospital’s main concourse to answer questions and provide information about tuberculosis, also known as TB.

 

Posted on: 04 April 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E scientists celebrate Healthcare Science Week

 

Members of the public had the chance hear first-hand about the benefits of science to healthcare at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital during national Healthcare Science Week (14th-17th March). 


Scientists and staff from the South West NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC), which is hosted by the RD&E, were on hand to answer questions about their pioneering work and how it is already benefiting patients, at an information stand in the hospital’s Oasis restaurant throughout the week. 

 

Posted on: 31 March 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

RD&E takes steps towards becoming more dementia friendly

 

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has signed up to two high profile projects which cement its commitment to improving the experience of patients with Dementia and their families when in hospital.


The RD&E has just become the 40th member of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, a local organisation working towards making Exeter a dementia friendly city. By joining the Alliance, the hospital has committed to introduce practical actions as well as a 3 year strategy which includes promoting our dementia and delirium care plan, easy identification of patients, developing activities for patients with dementia and better support for carers and relatives including access to useful contacts and information.

 

Posted on: 23 March 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


Chief Operating Officer of the British Lung Foundation visits RD&E & South West Peninsula Regional Respiratory Forum

 

Respiratory specialists and patients from across the region came together to raise awareness of respiratory disease at the British Lung Foundation’s (BLF) South West Peninsula Regional Respiratory Forum.

 

The event, held in Lifton, aimed to use local, regional and national political levers to improve the care for patients with lung disease across the region.

 

Posted on: 22 March 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June


 

Wynard Ward hold vintage cake sale for the Eve Appeal

 

Staff on Wynard Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have raised over £600 for the Eve Appeal by holding a tea party and cake sale.

 

The Eve Appeal is a national charity raising awareness and funding research into the five gynaecological cancers – ovarian, womb, cervical, vaginal and vulval.

 

To mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in March, the charity holds their flagship fundraising campaign ‘Make Time for Tea’, which encourages people to hold tea parties to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

 

Posted on: 21 March 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June


 

House of British Ceramic Tile and CLIC Sargent donate Easter Eggs to Bramble Ward


Local company House of British Ceramic Tile and children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent have donated dozens of Easter Eggs and chocolate bunnies to the young patients on Bramble Ward.   


The House of British Ceramic Tile, which is based in Newton Abbot, are corporate supporters of CLIC Sargent in the South West. Staff decided to donate the Easter Eggs to the children’s ward in addition to their various other fundraising activities throughout the year. 

 

Posted on: 14 March 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June


 

RD&E staff to wear a wig for charity on March 17th


Staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are being asked to wear a wig to work on 17th March and help support the fundraising efforts of three colleagues.


Hannah Jacks, Suzanne Tracey and Hannah Wilkins are preparing to cycle 300 miles from London to Paris in aid of charities close to their hearts - Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the British Heart Foundation.

 

Posted on: 11 March 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June


 

Junior Doctors’ industrial action at the RD&E

 

Commenting on the latest industrial action by Junior Doctors, RD&E Medical Director Mr Adrian Harris said: “Our priority, as always, is to maintain the safety and quality of care for our patients. We are pleased that our senior medical staff have - once again – demonstrated significant flexibility so that they can provide additional support during this period of industrial action.

 

Posted on: 08 March 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

 

RD&E researchers commended for work at NIHR awards

 

Staff on Culm Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital have raised over £800 to help refurbish the ward’s relative’s room thanks to a cake sale and raffle.


The team, led by nurses Tracy Bennellick and Megan Denning, were keen to refurbish the room used by the families of patients to make it more homely and welcoming.

 

Posted on: 08 March 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

Exeter Neonatal Unit becomes first in the county to receive full UNICEF UK Baby Friendly accreditation  

 

The Neonatal Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital has become the first in the country to be fully accredited by the prestigious UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.
The full accreditation demonstrates the unit’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care for the hospital’s youngest patients and their families. 

 

Posted on: 08 March 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

 

Culm Ward cake sale rasies over £800 to revamp relative’s room

 

Staff on Culm Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital have raised over £800 to help refurbish the ward’s relative’s room thanks to a cake sale and raffle.


The team, led by nurses Tracy Bennellick and Megan Denning, were keen to refurbish the room used by the families of patients to make it more homely and welcoming.

 

Posted on: 01 March 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

Staff give RD&E thumbs up in latest national survey

 

Results from the latest annual NHS Staff Survey show once again that high numbers of RD&E staff would recommend the hospital as a place to work or receive treatment.

 

The 2015 survey results, released this week, also show that the level of staff satisfaction with the quality of work and patient care they deliver is above the national average for acute trusts.

 

Posted on: 23 February 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

 

Devon NHS publishes ‘Case for Change’

 

Today sees the publication of a Case for Change document that sets out the key issues and challenges facing the NHS in Northern, Eastern and Western (NEW) Devon.


It has been published as the first stage in the Success Regime programme, which began gathering evidence in the Autumn. 

 

Posted on: 11 February 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

Junior doctor strike – 10 February

 

A number of postponements have been made to clinics and procedures at the RD&E tomorrow (10 February) during the second day of industrial action by junior doctors and dentists.

 

Please note that only a minority of the work carried out here on a daily basis has been postponed, so please come to any appointment you have unless you have been advised that is one of those postponed.

 

Posted on: 09 February 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

CQC rates RD&E as Outstanding for Care, Urgent and Emergency Services and Critical Care Services with an overall rating for “GOOD” – the first in the South West

 

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) inspection report published today (9 February) follows the planned inspection of the RD&E conducted last year.

 

The CQC’s team of nearly 50 inspectors visited the RD&E last November speaking to more than 300 staff, and dozens of patients, carers and relatives and visiting clinical areas of the Trust.

 

The report praises the Trust’s culture as “strongly focused on quality and safety with patients being the absolute priority”. The report goes on to say this was a “consistent theme in the feedback from staff at all levels”. Seven out of eight services at the Wonford Hospital were rated as either outstanding or good.

 

Posted on: 09 February 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

 

Zoe donates birthday and Christmas presents to help beat the boredom on Bramble

 

Zoe Drew, 22 from Sidmouth, has donated box-loads of toys and games to Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to help entertain young patients.


This year, instead of asking for birthday and Christmas presents from her family and friends, Zoe asked for gifts that could be donated to the children’s ward to help patients beat the boredom whilst in hospital.

 

 

Posted on: 03 February 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

 

New North Devon Renal Unit details revealed

 

A new unit for life-saving kidney dialysis will open in Barnstaple this year, and will be bigger and better for its North Devon patients.

 

The move to purpose-built facilities will mean patients will no longer have to use facilities in South Molton, which don’t meet the needs of a growing service.

 

Posted on: 27 Jan 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

Living With and Beyond Cancer project transforming follow-up care at the RD&E

 

A pioneering project is transforming the delivery of cancer follow-up care for people receiving treatment at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. 

 

The Living With and Beyond Cancer project, involving the hospital, FORCE Cancer Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support, aims to provide  support for patients from the point of diagnosis and redesign their follow-up care to help them take back control of their lives. 

 

Posted on: 27 Jan 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

Adult nurses invited to recuitment open day at RD&E

 

Student nurses, registered adult nurses and those looking to return to practice are invited to a recruitment open day event at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Wonford on 30th January.


The event, which takes place from 9.30am until 2pm in the Research Innovation Learning and Development (RILD) building, is a chance for nurses to find out more about the opportunities available within the hospital. The Trust is currently looking to recruit experienced and newly qualified nurses across all adult specialties including acute medicine and theatres.

 

Posted on: 25 Jan 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

First nursing auxiliaries receive their Care Certificates at the RD&E

 

 

A group of nursing auxiliaries at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have been recognised for their skill in providing safe, effective and compassionate care after successfully completing the Care Certificate. 

 

The Care Certificate assesses the fundamental skills and knowledge required to provide safe, effective and compassionate care. It is awarded to staff in healthcare roles who have demonstrated they meet each of the 15 Care Certificate standards, including caring with privacy and dignity, safeguarding, communication and infection control. 

 

Posted on: 18 Jan 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


 

Residents raise cash for Neonatal Unit with Christmas lights display

 

Residents of Myrtle Road, Sharon and Steve Smith, have raised over £900 for the Neonatal Unit (NNU) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by creating a festive wonderland outside their Exeter home.


Last month Steve and Sharon adorned their house with a whole host of Christmas lights and festive decorations, including dozens of fairy lights, a traditional nativity scene, an inflatable merry-go-round and a sprinkling of fake snow.

 

Posted on: 19 Jan 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


Exeter Sands donate a ‘cuddle cot’ to RD&E’s Maternity Unit

 

Exeter Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, has donated a ‘cuddle cot’ and two Moses baskets to the Maternity Unit at 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, allowing parents to stay with them for longer. This gives 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: 13 Jan 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 


Hand hygiene promoted through hospital’s poster competition

 

 

Staff and patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have been sharing their bright ideas to promote infection control by designing special posters to be displayed throughout the hospital.


Throughout the autumn, the RD&E’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPCT) ran a competition asking patients and staff to design poster campaigns around an element of infection control.  Entries could range from guidance about good clinical practice, information on certain products or facts about a particular type of infection.

 

Posted on: 11 Jan 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jan - June

 

 


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