News 2017 January - June
Staff and patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital learnt about the importance of eating well and drinking lots when in hospital during Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017.
The national campaign, held between 13th and 19th March, is organised annually by Patient Safety First, the National Association of Care Catering and the Hospital Caterers Association.
Posted on: 23 March | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
Staff at the RD&E have given the Trust a glowing report in the 2016 NHS staff survey released today (7 March 2017). Staff highly recommend the Trust as a place to work and to receive treatment placing it in the top 20% of AcuteTrusts nationally.
In addition, the survey findings place the RD&E in the top 20% of hospitals nationally for half of the key findings, including staff involvement in improvements at work, effective team working and placing the care of patients as the organisation's top priority.
Posted on: 07 March | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
The work of Apprentices employed at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is being celebrated during National Apprenticeship Week 2017 (6th – 10th March).
Apprenticeships play a vital role in helping young people to get a foot on the career ladder and enable employers to develop a skilled workforce for the future. The national event, now in its tenth year, celebrates the important contribution made by apprenticeships and highlights the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
Posted on: 03 March | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
Tuesday 7th March from 17.00-20.00, RILD
Come and talk to us about the wide range of apprenticeships from Level 2 upwards, in a variety of occupations including Clinical Healthcare Support, Business Administration, IT, Management and Electrotechnical Installation.
Posted on: 02 March | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
Woodbury Park Golf Club Captains Daryn Hunt and Mickie Ward have raised £10,500 to help with the rehabilitation of stroke patients on Clyst Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
As 2016 Captains, the pair chose the acute stroke ward as their Captains’ Charity for the year, after Mickie’s husband Robert, also known as Sharky, spent time being cared for there in 2011 and 2012.
Posted on: 27 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
Staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital were celebrated for their exceptional contribution at the hospital’s Winter 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. Nominations are made by fellow staff members or patients who want to acknowledge 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: 23 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
Patients in East Devon can now benefit from better access to diagnostic facilities for prostate cancer at Exmouth Community Hospital thanks to a fundraising mission of one man.
Sixty-five year old Geoff Fidler, from Exeter, has raised almost £47,000 for the Urology Team from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to part-fund the purchase of an ultrasound scanner used to diagnose prostate cancer. The additional cost of the £100k scanner was funded thanks to a donation from Devon charity the Chestnut appeal.
Posted on: 20 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
STROKE patients in Eastern Devon will benefit from more joined up services this spring when a rehabilitation unit relocates to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
This move is the final stage in completing recommendations from a 2013 consultation led by Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Stroke Association.
In April, inpatient stroke rehabilitation facilities at Ottery St Mary Community Hospital will be transferred to Yealm Ward at the RD&E, next to the Trust’s acute stroke care inpatient facilities on Clyst Ward. Stroke rehabilitation patients will benefit from 24-hour medical cover at the RD&E site and a wide range of specialist staff support, including therapists and dieticians.
Posted on: 20 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
The Radiology Team at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are well on their way to achieving their goal of giving an x-ray room a child friendly makeover thanks to a recent fundraising boost.
Through their ‘Big Raise for Little Rays’ campaign, the department plans to make the clinical area more welcoming and less frightening for children who need to have an x-ray by decorating a room with a fun theme and installing a ceiling projector.
Posted on: 17 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
A Dawlish man has shared his own experience in support of a national campaign promoting participation in health research.
The National Institute for Health Research promotes opportunities for taking part in clinical research and the benefits for patients through its campaign called ‘Our Stories.’
Howard Almond was diagnosed in 2015 with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) which progressively scars the lung and affects breathing.
Posted on: 15 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
The Thomas family, from Tiverton, have raised over £4,000 for the Neonatal Unit (NNU) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital as a thank you for their care their son received there.
Three year old Maximus spent 12 ½ weeks on NNU in September 2013 after being born prematurely at 27 weeks. During this time, Maximus spent time on every area of NNU, from intensive care to low dependency, and was cared for by Dr Bartle and his experienced team. He was allowed home the day before his due date and has been monitored by the team for just over two years after discharge.
Posted on: 06 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
Patients in North Devon can now access a brand new renal facility in Barnstaple to undergo their life-saving kidney dialysis treatment.
The opening of the satellite renal unit was officially marked by staff and patients from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and partner Fresenius Medical Care at an event to celebrate the project’s completion. RD&E Chief Executive Suzanne Tracey and Fresenius Executive Vice President of Western Europe Frank Wagner were given the honour of revealing a special plaque to mark the occasion on 26th January.
Posted on: 31 January | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
Ofsted says First Steps Day Nursery at RD&E is “Outstanding”
The quality and standards of nursery education provided by First Steps Day Nursery at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have been rated as outstanding by inspectors from Ofsted.
Following an inspection on the 9th January 2017, the Ofsted report findings sing the praises of the staff team.
Posted on: 27 January | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
A new 24 hour maternity triage service is set to launch at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, which will give expectant mums direct access to support from qualified midwives if they have concerns about their pregnancy.
The service, which opens on 23rd January, includes a new triage team of experienced midwives, a triage unit within the Ante/Postnatal Ward and a dedicated 24 hour phone number to call for help and guidance.
Posted on: 18 January | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun
The winter period always brings additional pressure on hospital services and the hospital is currently experiencing a significant amount of pressure.
Pete Adey, the RD&E’s Director of Operations, said: “As anticipated, the first week of January has been exceptionally busy and the hospital is seeing a higher number of patients than normal, particularly the elderly, suffering from conditions more common during the winter.
Posted on: 06 January | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun