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News 2016 July - December

 

The Exeter Forum help to keep patients warm this winter

 

The Exeter Forum have donated bags of knitted woollen hats to the Emergency Department (ED) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to help warm up hypothermic patients this winter.


The Forum is a social group for active retired people who meet regularly in Exeter. Members of the Forum were keen to continue their support for the Emergency Department after they donated a large number of knitted Twiddlemuffs to help patients with Dementia earlier in the year.

 

Posted on: 21 December | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


Tesco Exeter Vale lend a helping hand to Bramble Ward

 

The Tesco Extra store in Exeter Vale has granted a Christmas wish for the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with a bumper £2,400 donation, as well as donating £1,000 worth of gift cards to help with refurbishments of the Bramble Ward’s overnight stay room.

 

The Bramble Ward is based at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital that provide specialist and emergency services to residents and visitors in Exeter, East and Mid Devon.

 

Posted on: 19 December | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


New Patient Property Baskets introduced to help prevent items getting lost


Lost dentures, glasses and hearing aids could now be a thing of the past thanks to the introduction of new Patient Property Baskets in all inpatient wards at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.


The Patient Experience Team is introducing the initiative to help reduce the number of small personal items which are mislaid or lost when people are staying in hospital.


They are distributing 5,000 of the bright pink baskets to inpatient areas across the Trust thanks to a donation from the hospital’s League of Friends.

 

Posted on: 15 December | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


New public sector energy company announced for Devon


A pioneering new energy company, designed to deliver more efficient heat and power in Devon, has been announced. The innovative company, called Dextco, will develop ground-breaking sustainable projects to provide environmentally-friendly energy to homes and businesses across the city and its surrounding area.


The company - whose founder members and shareholders comprise of The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation  Trust (RD&E), the University of Exeter, Devon County Council, Exeter City Council and Teignbridge District Council – is the first specifically Exeter-based energy company in almost 70 years.

 

Posted on: 12 December | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


Chairs donated to Bolham Ward to enable relatives to stay with patients who need them


Three convertible chairs have been donated to Bolham Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to enable carers to stay with their relatives if they need to whilst in hospital. 
The donation to the Bolham Ward Trust Fund has been made in memory of former patient Patrick Tilbury by local charities The Exeter Foundation, The Exeter Lions and close friend Laura Coniam.


Patrick’s parents Barbara and David Tilbury organised the £4500 donation to the neurological ward where he spent time being cared for earlier this year.

 

Posted on: 07 December | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


ED team highly commended for research impact

 

The Emergency Department at the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital was highly commended for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Clinical Research Impact Award 2016.

 

The award is sponsored by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network. It is presented to an NHS organisation that has gone the extra mile to embed clinical research as core business and harness the outcomes of clinical research to improve services and treatments for its patients.

 

Posted on: 01 December | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


Starlight Christmas Pantomime delivers a dose of festive cheer to young patients on Bramble Ward

 

Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year for children to be in hospitals so this festive period, Starlight Children’s Foundation brought a large dose of fun and laughter to children on Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital when Starlight’s marvellous pop-up pantomime paid a visit in November. 

 

Posted on: 30 November | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


RD&E doctor scoops prestigious national health award

 

A Spanish doctor from the Emergency Department (ED)at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has been has won a national award for his inspirational contribution to his patients and colleagues.


Jaime Puente, a staff grade doctor, was one of six European staff from hospitals across the country to be awarded the ‘EU Staff Award’ at the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards in London on 23rd November.

 

Posted on: 25 November | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


 

Oncology quiet room refurbished thanks to FORCE


The quiet room in the Oncology Outpatients Department at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital has been given a makeover thanks to support from FORCE Cancer Charity and donations from patients and their families.


The room is an important space for patients and relatives, particularly those who have just been diagnosed with cancer, to talk with their consultant or specialist nurse in peace and privacy.

 

Posted on: 22 November | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


 

Nearly £6 million for patient-centred research facility


An Exeter research facility which puts people at its heart has received nearly £6 million in funding over the next five years.

 

The NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is a partnership between the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, which has confirmed  £5,7 million for the next wave of funding, praising the centre’s patient-centred approach.

 

Posted on: 21 November | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


RD&E appoints new Chief Executive

 

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Suzanne Tracey as its new Chief Executive. Ms Tracey, who has been the Trust’s Director of Finance and Business Development, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer and more recently acting Chief Executive, will take up her post with immediate effect.

 

Posted on: 18 November | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec

 


First World War exhibition opens at the RD&E

 

A photographic exhibition which gives an insight into Devon’s war hospitals during the First World War (1914–18) has opened at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.


‘Devon Caring in War’ includes a series of images showing how the county’s war-wounded were cared for on their return home, including by the use of some pioneering therapy techniques.

 

Posted on: 14 November | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


 

Update on the appointment of new RD&E Chief Executive

 

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Board has been informed by incoming Chief Executive Julie Hartley-Jones that owing to changed circumstances, Ms Hartley-Jones is not in a position to return to the UK to take up the RD&E Chief Executive role but will instead continue to pursue her career in Australia.


The Board has accepted Ms Hartley-Jones' decision and has thanked her for her professionalism throughout.

 

 

Posted on: 7 November | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec

 


 

RD&E hepatology team receive new scanner to help in the diagnosis of liver disease

 

Patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital can now access a quick and pain-free scan to help diagnose liver disease thanks to a donation from the League of Friends and support from the Exeter Liver Patients Group. 

 

The RD&E’s Hepatology team have just received a new Fibroscan, a machine which uses ultrasound based technology to assess fibrosis (scarring) of the liver. The quick and painless scan can be performed by a consultant or specialist nurse, reducing the need for more invasive procedures such as a liver biopsy.  

 

Posted on: 4 November | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec

 


 

Honiton residents urged to use town’s Minor Injuries Unit

 

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has become the new provider at Honiton Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).


The Trust is running the service, based at Honiton Community Hospital, for a 12-month period. The MIU was previously run by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust. Highly qualified nurse practitioners with expertise in treating a whole range of minor injuries will staff the unit.

 

Posted on:17 October | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec

 


 

Battling the bugs: RD&E celebrates its achievements in the fight against infection

 

Significant achievements in infection control and prevention are being celebrated at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, as the hospital marks the fifth anniversary since its last incident of hospital acquired MRSA blood stream infection. This remarkable accomplishment comes as the result of continuous improvements at the Trust over the last 10 years thanks to the dedicated work of our staff.


The Trust is now considered a national leader in infection control, being the only general hospital in England to have avoided having any MRSA blood stream infections for the last five years. It also has one of the lowest rates of Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infection, having had the lowest rate in the South West last year. 

 

Posted on: 30 Septeber 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


 

Integrating Acute and Community Services in Eastern Devon

 

From 1 October 2016, the management of community services in Exeter, East Devon and Mid Devon will transfer to the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E). Community services, which include community hospitals, nursing, therapies and some specialist services, along with over 1400 staff will join the RD&E from Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT).

 

Posted on: 29 Septeber 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


 

RD&E Trust Chairman supports need for big changes in the NHS in Devon


Speaking at the Royal Devon & Exeter’s NHS Foundation Trust’s (RD&E) Annual Members’ Meeting on Saturday 24 September, Trust Chairman, James Brent, highlighted the need for changes to be made to the way in which care is delivered in Devon but also said that people will need to take greater responsibility for their own health and well-being.

 

 

 

Posted on: 27 Septeber 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec

 


RD&E shortlisted twice for national clinical research impact award

 

The RD&E has been shortlisted twice for the prestigious Health Service Journal Clinical Research Impact award 2016.

 

Of the 11 organisations announced as having been shortlisted for this award category two are the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust for the research performance of the Emergency Department at the RD&E Wonford hospital and the Devon Dementia Collaboration between the  RD&E and Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

 

Posted on: 23 Septeber 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


Family donate funds to ICU in memory of mum

 

The Chappell family, from Exmouth, have raised over £15,000 to help patients on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in memory of mum Jacquie.


Jacquie, 55, spent several months being cared for on the ICU at Exeter before sadly passing away from heart failure in December 2014. 

 

Posted on: 21 Septeber 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec

 


 

Exeter Professor awarded prestigious international diabetes prize for understanding and improving care in genetic diabetes

 

A world-leading diabetes expert at the University of Exeter Medical School has won a top international Diabetes prize in recognition of his research and its worldwide impact on patient care.

 

Andrew Hattersley, who works as a a Professor of Molecular Medicine at the University and a diabetes consultant at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, is only the second person to be awarded the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)–Novo Nordisk Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence. The prize recognises Professor Hattersley’s outstanding research into genetic forms of diabetes for which Exeter is now the world leading centre for diagnosis, clinical care, education and research

 

Posted on: 06 Septeber 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec

 


 

Family donate photography equipment to help capture precious memories at the RD&E


Parents Claire and Mark Rider have donated photography equipment to the labour ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to help families capture precious memories if their baby is born sleeping.


The couple founded the charity Ayrton’s Dream in memory of their son Ayrton who they lost in May 2013. The charity aims to support families who suffer a similar bereavement on the Labour Ward at the RD&E and have recently funded the refurbishment of the Heartsease Room, a place set aside for parents who have a still born child.

 

Posted on: 04 August 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


 

RD&E team prepare to ‘Pass the Pinard’ and raise cash for mums and babies

 

Four members of staff from the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital are preparing to cycle 93miles to help improve the experience for families and babies who visit their Ante/Postnatal Ward.


On the 5th and 6th September Charlotte Kilvington, Hannah Manaton, Trish Heale and Helen Russell, who all work in the Centre for Women’s Health, will take part in the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s ‘Pass the Pinard’ charity challenge

 

Posted on: 22 July 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


RD&E appoints new Chief Executive

 

Following a rigorous executive recruitment process, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has today announced the appointment of Julie Hartley-Jones CBE as the Trust’s new Chief Executive.


Julie was offered the role after successfully completing a challenging two-day selection process at the RD&E in June alongside other shortlisted candidates. Julie will work her notice in her current post and it is anticipated that she will take up her new role on 4th January 2017. In the meantime, Suzanne Tracey, one of the Trust’s Deputy Chief Executives, has been appointed Acting Chief Executive succeeding Angela Pedder, who left the RD&E at the end of June to become the Lead Chief Executive to the Devon-wide Success Regime.

 

Posted on: 20 July 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


 

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

 

Exeter’s future doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals had the chance to learn more about possible careers in the NHS during the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s Work Observation Week.


The hospital’s annual work experience programme, which ran from 4th – 8th July, gave 40 year 10 pupils from schools across Exeter a chance to sample some of the many healthcare careers on offer and learn more about working in a busy acute hospital.

 

Posted on: 19 July 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


 

RD&E performs above the national average in cancer patient experience survey

 

Patients treated for cancer at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have highly rated the level of care they received in the 2015 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey.


In its fifth year, the NHS England National Cancer Patient Experience Survey is designed to monitor national progress on cancer care, to drive forward quality improvements, and to inform the work of groups supporting patients. Organisations are rated as being ‘lower’, ‘within’ or ‘higher’ than an expected range.

 

Posted on: 12 July 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


Young people benefit from supported internships at the RD&E thanks to partnership with Exeter College

 

Young people with learning disabilities are benefitting from a new training initiative provided at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital in partnership with Exeter College.

 

The Trust has been selected by the college to provide supported internships to help young people develop some of the skills they’ll need for the workplace. 

 

 

Posted on: 11 July 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec


Hilary Paynter Age of Enlightenment exhibition opens at Exeter hospital

 

A striking exhibition of wood engravings by renowned engraver Hilary Paynter is the latest artwork to adorn the corridors at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

 

The ‘Age of Enlightenment’ exhibition, which opened to the public on the 2nd July, explores the subject of age and ageing. The body of work has been commissioned by the Baring Foundation, the Arts Council and Devon Guild of Craftsmen, and can be viewed by patients and visitors on level 2 of the hospital between template B and C.

 

Posted on: 05 July 2016 | Posted in: 2016 Jul - Dec

 


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